“She’s fearless. She doesn’t have the military bravado but she always has the open arms, open heart,” he said. She is a connector because she understands that we all benefit when we work together. She’s equally at home in the sacred and profane. Although she has a deep love for the world and its beauty, she must also be persistent in her search to find magic in everyday life. She is adamant to show compassion and empathy. She doesn’t see the despair in people; instead, she sees potential in you and me.

We are certainly crying right now, yes. And perhaps Hargitay is too.

“I’m trying to take it all in and be present,” she said of the Glamour accolade. It’s meaningful because it is a marathon of 21 years for me and I feel privileged to be able to watch 500 episodes.