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Beauty With Brains: InStyle Celebrates Three Generations Of Inspirational Women

Beauty With Brains: InStyle Celebrates Three Generations Of Inspirational Women
Yvette Le Grew

Lifestyle Writer

May 14, 2015

The InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards proved once again that style is ageless. A select group of inspirational Australian women across an impressive age range of 24-70 years, were honoured as leaders in their fields in front of a star-studded audience of more than 320 guests in Sydney at the seventh annual event. 

Model Robyn Lawley was honoured with the prestigious Readers’ Choice Award, and our favourite actress Naomi Watts shared the coveted Entertainment Award with acclaimed television series producer, Imogen Banks.

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“The InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards recognised 26 incredibly talented women who are all leaders in their fields. Their achievements touch many of our lives in some way yet too often go unnoticed,” said InStyle editor Emily Taylor.

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“This year we celebrated women who not only excel doing what they love but do so with integrity and compassion. They have all embraced the ethos that with success comes responsibility. It’s an absolute privilege to celebrate their achievements”, Taylor continued.

Other award winners included Leah Purcell (Arts & Culture), Lorraine Foster (Fashion), Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Charity & Community) and Sibella Court (Lifestyle).

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Marita Cheng, the founder of 2Mar Robotics and Robogals, received a $10,000 InStyle and Audi Style Scholarship. Cheng intends to put the grant towards modifying the Teleroo — her video telephone on wheels, which saves time for, and closes the distance between people, by turning remote callers into active “present” ones. Cheng dreams of adding robotic arms to the device, to open doors and assist people with disabilities.

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Other guests included Asher Keddie, Jessica Mauboy, Lindy and Michael Klim, Jennifer Byrne, Silvia Colloca, Anna Plunkett, Jana Wendt, Gillian Armstrong, Camilla Franks, Marta Dusseldorp, Layne Beachley and Kirk Pengilly, Danielle Spencer, Sally Obermeder, Rachael Finch, Camilla Freeman-Topper, Brendan Cowell, Megan Washington, Jason Dundas, Leah Purcell, Michelle Bridges and Steve Willis, Terry Biviano and Anthony Minichiello, Samantha Harris, Laura Dundovic, Grace Huang, Abby Earl and Jesinta Campbell.

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Here’s the full list of 2015 InStyle and Audi Women of Style Award winners are:

CHARITY & COMMUNITY

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

BEAUTY

Jo Horgan

LIFESTYLE

Sibella Court

ARTS & CULTURE

Leah Purcell

FASHION

Lorraine Foster

SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT

Dr Georgina Long (Read our interview with Dr Long here)

ENTERTAINMENT

Naomi Watts & Imogen Banks

BUSINESS

Janine Allis

STYLE SCHOLARSHIP

Marita Cheng

READERS’ CHOICE

Robyn Lawley

All of the nominees were selected by InStyle. The winners were decided by the Women of Style judging panel, which includes Gillian Armstrong, film director; Layne Beachley, entrepreneur and environmental campaigner; Anna Burgdorf, general manager, Corporate Communications, Audi Australia; Collette Dinnigan, fashion designer; Deborra- lee Furness, actress and human rights advocate; Cassandra Kelly, chair, Pottinger; Nicole Kidman, actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador; Elizabeth Ann Macgregor, director, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; Louise Olsen, designer, artist and creative director, Dinosaur Designs; and Jana Wendt, journalist and author.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

By Yvette Le Grew

Lifestyle Writer

Yvette Le Grew is the former Online Editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, former Head of Digital Content at Westfield & freelance fashion, travel, health & lifestyle writer for titles across the UK, Asia and Australia. Yvette now contributes 'at large' for thecarousel.com.

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