After a record of more than 49,000 votes, the winners of the 2017 Cosmopolitan Women of the Year Awards have been decided! The extraordinary women — who were chosen by you, our readers — are receiving their awards at our beautiful event at The Calyx in Sydney right now, in a room filled with inspiring women.
Across nine categories, including sport, fashion design and social media, here are your winners.
Entrepreneur of the Year
WINNERS: Bree Johnson and Jess Hatzis, founders of Frank Body
You’ve seen the coffee scrub, you know the hashtag, you’ve wished you looked that good in the shower. This year the Frank Body girls took their cult scrub to turbo heights by creating a unicorn-y glitter scrub, and revenue has never been higher.
Kate Morris, founder of Adore Beauty
Alanna Bastin-Byrne and Jade Collins, founders of Femeconomy
Matty Samaei, founder of The Medispa and Forever Young
Sarah Schoeller and Marissa Bowden, founders of The Village Markets
Performer of the Year
WINNER: Katherine Langford, actress, 13 Reasons Why
This time last year, the world had no idea who Katherine Langford was. Fast-forward to now, and the 21-year-old has garnered a huge fan following! Katherine’s performance as Hannah Baker in the provocative Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why has propelled her to international stardom.
Nicole da Silva, actress, Wentworth
Pia Miller, actress, Home and Away
Samantha Jade, singer/songwriter
Tanya Hennessy, YouTuber and Hit 104.7 radio host
Social Media Star of the Year — Fashion
WINNER: Elle Ferguson
Launching into our lives as half of the Australian duo behind the trail-blazing fashion blog They All Hate Us, Elle Ferguson is one very busy, very stylish lady! Elle’s effortlessly cool take on trends has helped her amass an Instagram following of millions, even getting the tick of approval from Kimmy K herself. And we can’t argue with Kim, can we?!
Social Media Star of the Year — Beauty
WINNER: Lauren Curtis
YouTube vlogger 24-year-old Lauren Curtis has 3.6m subscribers, with women around the world relying on her invaluable, no-hassle advice. We love her even more for her passionate advocacy of self-confidence in young women!
Wendy ‘Wengie’ Ayche
Social Media Star of the Year — Fitness & Travel
WINNER: Tammy Hembrow
Tammy Hembrow may well be the biggest social media star you didn’t know about. With 7.2m Instagram followers, the fit-fluencer aptly monikered ‘The Fitness Guru’ has an account that rivals the biggest names you hear on the reg and a bod you’d squat for days to copy.
Felicia Oreb and Diana Johnson (Base Body Babes)
TV/Radio Personality of the Year
WINNER: Sophie Monk, KIIS radio host and The Bachelorette star
Sophie has been a long-standing veteran of the Australian entertainment industry for over 17 years and can now add queen of roses to her résumé as this year’s Bachelorette! Her fun-loving nature and self-deprecating humour will no doubt win over many hearts.
Julie Snook, Channel Nine Reporter
Jan Fran, host of The Feed on SBS Viceland
Bella Frizz, Sea FM radio host
Tara Rushton, Fox Sports presenter
Game Changer of the Year
WINNER: Jessica Smith, Paralympian, author and motivational speaker
Born without a left arm, Jessica Smith represented Australia in swimming at the Paralympic Games, but was forced to retire at 21 after a battle with eating disorders. Jessica uses her experiences to help others, creating the award-winning social media campaign ‘Join the Revolution’, promoting positive body image and educating young girls.
Gladys Berejiklian, NSW premier
Angela Jay, doctor and advocate for women
Khadija Gbla, inspirational speaker and executive director of No FGM Australia
Melissa Abu-Gazaleh, founder and managing director of Top Blokes Foundation
Fashion Designer of the Year
WINNERS: Yiota and Thessy Kouzoukas, Sabo Skirt
What do Gigi Hadid, Ariana Grande and Kylie Jenner have in common? They wear Sabo Skirt designs. Yes, from a humble start in a spare bathroom in Brisbane, Sabo Skirt is now a fashion empire with over 2 million fans on social media. In the past 12 months, co-founders Thessy and Yiota launched Sabo Swim, showed their Sabo Luxe collection at NYFW and made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 — not bad!
Nyree Corby, Fame & Partners
Isabella Pennefather and Elizabeth Abegg, Spell & the Gypsy Collective
Tamara Ingham and Jasmine Yarbrough, Mara & Mine
Tash Oakley and Devin Brugman, Monday Swimwear
Sportswoman of the Year
WINNER: Joany Badenhorst, Paralympic snowboarder
Joany is a force to be reckoned with on the slopes. She’s the first — and to date only — female Paralympic snowboarder, and a fricken good one at that. After winning the 2016/17 IPC World Cup Crystal Globe in Snowboard Cross, Joany is a strong contender for gold at the Paralympic Games in South Korea next year.
Rhiannan Iffland, cliff diver
Charlotte Caslick, Rugby Sevens player
Tyler Wright, surfer
Emily Duggan, supercar racer