The Cosmopolitan Women of the Year Awards with OGX today celebrated 11 incredible Australian women who have inspired the nation with their talent, determination and leadership.
Hosted by Ksenija Lukich, the event honoured trailblazers.
“Today we celebrated the tremendous achievements of Australian women across a diverse range of fields. What they all have in common is their dedication to inspire and empower women to follow their passion,” said Lorna Gray, editor of Cosmopolitan.
Aussie fashion icon Camilla Franks was honoured with the Woman of the Year Award for her longevity and leadership in the fashion industry, as well as her incredibly brave battle with cancer, inspiring many others to stay strong. While pushing the boundaries of fashion, Camilla has continued to empower women and be a voice for those unheard.
On the awards, Fiorella Di Santo, General Manager, Publishing, said, “Cosmo has long been a passionate advocate of Australian women. We’re proud to celebrate the extraordinary work of the nominees and winners.”
Other winners this year included international DJ Dara Hayes, better known as DJ Tigerlily (Performer), Alana Pallister and Stevie Cox of I.AM.GIA (Entrepreneur), and social media influencers Steph Claire Smith, Isabella Fiori and Sammy Robinson, who were named Social Media Stars in their respective fields.
A star-studded guest list attended the luncheon award ceremony, including Sylvia Jeffreys, Jules Sebastian, Pia Muehlenbeck, Elle Ferguson, Imogen Anthony, Pip Edwards and Laura Henshaw and a number of contestants from this year’s The Bachelor.
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR:
WINNER: Alana Pallister and Stevie Cox, I.AM.GIA
FELLOW FINALISTS: Stefani Janson, Emily & Sarah Hamilton, Anna Lahey, Kristy Chong
CREATIVE OF THE YEAR:
WINNER: Jasmine Dowling, Typographer
FELLOW FINALISTS: Josephine Clough, photographer. Paria Mahboobi, mixed media artist. Alice Lindstrom, illustrator and artist, Rachel Burke, designer
FASHION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR:
WINNER: Laura Byrne, ToniMay
FELLOW FINALISTS: Siham Elmawey, Poppy Lissiman, Katia Santilli and Vera Yan, Lillian & Dianne Khallouf
GAME CHANGER OF THE YEAR:
WINNER: Mel Thomas, KYUP! Project Founder
FELLOW FINALISTS:: Dr Nikki Stamp, Sylvia Freedman, Constance Hall, Saxon Mullins
PERFORMER OF THE YEAR:
WINNER: Dara Hayes, DJ Tigerlily
FELLOW FINALISTS:: Lisa & Jess Origliasso, The Thinkergirls, Madeleine Madden, Nakkiah Lui
BEAUTY INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR:
WINNER: Isabella Fiori
FELLOW FINALISTS: Flexmami, Wendy Nguyen, Gemma Lepre, Brittney LeeSaunders
FASHION INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR:
WINNER: Sammy Robinson
FELLOW FINALISTS:: Micah Gianneli, Cartia Mallan, Laura Jade Stone, Rachel TeeTyler
LIFESTYLE INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR:
WINNER: Steph Claire Smith
FELLOW FINALISTS:: Lisa Hamilton, Chloe Barry- Hang, Gabrielle Epstein, JadéTuncdoruk
HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR:
WINNER: Jessica Lees, Australian Red Cross
FELLOW FINALISTS:: Bec Lucas, Sarah Moran, Prudence Melom, Eloise Wellings
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR:
WINNER: Madison De Rozario, Athlete
FELLOW FINALISTS:: Daisy Pearce, Ellia Green, Minjee Lee, Samantha Kerr
WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Camilla Franks
Cosmopolitan selected nominees for the Women of the Year Awards. The winners were decided by the Australian public via online voting.
The Women of the Year Awards supports Bauer Media’s Female Futures initiative which aims to create a better and more equal future for Australian women.