The Cosmopolitan Women of the Year Awards with Avon celebrated nine incredible Australian women who have inspired the nation with their talent, determination and leadership. Hosted by Sylvia Jeffreys, the event honoured trailblazers including Paralympian Jessica Smith, who received the prestigious Game Changer Award, and The Bachelorette’s Sophie Monk, who was awarded TV and Radio Personality of the Year.
“Today we recognise the achievements of women across Australia, who have dedicated themselves to inspiring and empowering all women to break down barriers and follow their passion,” said Keshnee Kemp, editor of Cosmopolitan. “We are privileged to have the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all of our winners and finalists in doing what they love with the utmost integrity and success. Cosmopolitan sends a big thank you to Avon, our principal sponsor, as well as Rip Curl, Pantene and Rest Industry Super, who were the supporting hands behind the event.”
Aussie TV icon Kerri-Anne Kennerley was honoured with a Hall of Fame Award for her longevity and leadership in the entertainment industry. A consummate performer and presenter, Kennerley also works hard behind the scenes to empower and encourage women to pursue careers in the television industry, both in front of the camera and at an executive level.
Other winners this year included 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford (Performer), Bree Johnson and Jess Hatzis, founders of Frank Body (Entrepreneur), and social media influencers Lauren Curtis, Elle Ferguson and Tammy Hembrow, who were named Social Media Stars in their respective fields.
A star-studded guest list attended the luncheon award ceremony, including Samantha Harris, Nikki Phillips, Phoebe Burgess, Nat Conway, Georgia Love, Nicole da Silva, Amber Sherlock, Renae Ayris, Stacey June, Kristie Mercer, Olivia Rogers, Anna Heinrich, Jess Vander Leahy, Ashy Bines, Nadia Fairfax, Jasmine Yarbrough and Tash Sefton.
The complete list of 2017 Cosmopolitan Women of the Year Award winners is:
Entrepreneur: Bree Johnson and Jess Hatzis, Frank Body
Cosmopolitan selected nominees for the Women of the Year Awards. The winners were decided by the Australian public via online voting.