This evening, Stylist, the award-winning feminist magazine brand, announced the winners of its star-studded Remarkable Women Awards, in partnership with well-being beauty brand philosophy, honouring those who have worked tirelessly to help make sure the world hears every female voice. The winners included Jodie Comer, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Cressida Dick, and Anne-Marie.
The awards, which were timed to take place in the same week as International Women’s Day 2019, highlighted the incredible women who have used their platform to help other women. The evening began with a champagne reception at Rosewood, London, where guests including high profile celebrities such as actor Keeley Hawes, model Neelam Gill, actor Vicky McClure, comedian Katherine Ryan and activist Munroe Bergdorf.
The evening then flowed into an elegant sit-down dinner, where guests were treated to performances from performance poet, Sophia Thakur and musical theatre group, Suffrageddon. The awards ceremony, hosted by comedian and feminist, Deborah Frances-White, started shortly after, honouring Stylist’s selected inspiring women from across the globe, including A-list stars, female role models, activists and community champions.
The accolades were split into 12 categories, including an audience-nominated and voted Inspiring Woman Award in recognition of an unsung hero who has found a way to help other women in her own community.
The complete list of winners of Stylist’s Remarkable Women Awards 2019
Artist of the Year: Anne-Marie, Singer-songwriter
presented by Neelam Gill, British Fashion Model
The Rising Star Award: Poorna Bell, Author
presented by Edith Bowman, TV and Radio Presenter
The Triumph Award: Lauren ‘Lolli’ Mahon, Breast Cancer Survivor
presented by Emma Willis, TV Presenter
Equality Champion of the Year: Gina Martin, Writer and Activist
presented by Sarah Pascoe, English comedian and actress
The Hope and Grace Award for Mental Health Advocate: Bryony Gordon, Journalist and Mental Health Campaigner
presented by Maya Jama, TV and Radio Presenter
Inspiration of the Year: Tobi Kyeremateng
presented by Georgina Campbell, Actor
The Glass Ceiling Award: Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the Police Metropolis
presented by Vicky McClure, Actor
Woman of the Year: Jameela Jamil, Actor, Model and Activist
presented by Lisa Smosarski, Editor-in-Chief at Stylist
Mentor of the Year: Katie Piper, Philanthropist and Charity Founder
accepted by Lisa Smosarski, Editor-in-Chief at Stylist on Katie’s behalf
Sports Star of the Year: Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Track and Field Athlete
presented by Col. Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic Athlete
Entertainer of the Year: Jodie Comer, Actor
presented by Fiona Shaw, Actor
The Icon Award: Annie Lennox, Singer-songwriter, Political Activist and Philanthropist
presented by Keeley Hawes, Actor
Jodie Comer, said on the night:: “It is a huge honour to receive this award and be included with such inspiring women, one of which is my good friend Katarina Johnson Thompson!” [says Comer, pausing as a nearby table erupts into whoops. She continues:] “I’m so happy we’re all gathered here to celebrate each other’s success. I particularly want to thank Lisa Smosarski and Helen Bownass for this honour... at my cover shoot last year, you made me feel so welcome and empowered.”
“In honour of international women’s week”, [Comer goes on to thank just a few of the remarkable women in her life, including Elizabeth Saltman, Fiona Shaw and (of course!) Donna Comer.]
Singer Anne-Marie, accepting the Remarkable Women Award for Artist of the Year: “Thank you for this award – I really like this,” [Anne-Marie says.] “It feels incredible being in the room with such amazing women.” [She continues:] “I want to say thank you to Stylist magazine for making a magazine with inspiring women on the front cover – because I never, ever had that when I was growing up. I want to say thank you to Stylist for changing the world.”
Jameela Jamil said on the night: “Women in my position and women in all industries are told not to do that, and not to be unlikeable, or difficult, or problematic in any way. We are told not to tell the truth, and you give a voice to those of us that do. You make it seem like something cool to do. [Stylist is] so empowering and you are such an important presence in this industry. You don’t patronise women, you don’t condescend to them: you tell us what we want and need to know.
Annie Lennox said: “The term feminist was the tricky one, I was very sure that I was a feminist, so subsequently after a great deal of work from a great many people who you may or may not know. That word has become something we can confidently use and can identify with, people don’t really have a problem describing themselves as feminist.”
Lisa Smosarski, Editor-in-Chief of Stylist said: ‘Tonight’s Remarkable Woman Awards was the perfect opportunity to shine a light and share the stories of these inspirational women who in their own way fight for gender equality. At Stylist, we have always recognised and congratulated celebrities who use their platform to champion women and we congratulate not only just our winners but everyone out there who continues to support and inspire fellow women each day.’
Katherine Kerrigan, Brand Manager for philosophy said: “We’re extremely proud to have supported Stylist’s Remarkable Women Awards, which created a movement that all women, and men, can truly be part of. At philosophy, we want to inspire women to live and feel their best, which is why we are proud to have honoured journalist and author Bryony Gordon with the Hope and Grace Award, which represents philosophy’s unending commitment to support mental and wellbeing.”