Not many people know this, but there is an honor awarded at the Golden Globes that has nothing to do with a film or performance. The honor is being named Miss Golden Globe, and 2012’s honoree is Rainey Qualley, Andie McDowell’s 21-year-old daughter.
The Hollywood Foreign Press announced the honor in a press conference on Thursday, according to the Huffington Post.
“She is a talented and beautiful young woman,” said HFPA president Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly. “We’re excited to have her as part of this year’s show.”
Miss or Mr Golden Globe is an honor generally bestowed upon the child of a celebrity, and they are invited to assist during the awards ceremony. Past honorees include Rumer Willis, Laura Dern, Melanie Griffith, Linda Evans, Freddie Prinze Jr, and Joely Fisher.
Rainey Qualley is an aspiring actress and musician, and this honor is sure to give her a boost in the right direction. According to GoldenGlobes.org, Rainey studied at Belmont University, has performed in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Swing! She has also studied at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she appeared in Shakespeare’s Two Gentleman of Verona.
“I would like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for giving me this wonderful opportunity to serve as Miss Golden Globe 2012,” Qualley said in her acceptance speech. “I’m really looking forward to being a part of this year’s awards presentation.”
The Hollywood Foreign Press plans to announce their nominations for the 69th annual Golden Globes next week. The ceremony will be held January 15th.