Woman power!

Women of the Year 2016 event cel­e­brated fab­u­lous fe­males.

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Joburg’s fash­ion­able Hyde Park Cor­ner was a stun­ning set­ting for our GLAM­OUR Women of the Year 2016 awards in as­so­ci­a­tion with Val­pré and Neu­tro­gena and proud part­ner ALDO.

It all be­gan at the sleek Life Grand Cafe, where our winners got to know one another over mid-morn­ing cof­fee. Emo­tions were al­ready run­ning high when we learnt that we had two very spe­cial guests: Ruby Gan­giah, mother of our me­dia win­ner Kriya Gan­giah, and Mpho Mathang, mother of our busi­ness win­ner Karabo MathangTshabuse. Sadly, our pop cul­ture win­ner, Ju­lia Anas­ta­sopou­los, and art win­ner, Nandipha Mn­tambo, were not in at­ten­dance as they were over­seas.

Then it was on to the big re­veal – a walk through the mall and the chance to pose next to the mas­sive posters of our winners that lined Hyde Park Cor­ner. In­sta­gram and Twit­ter were tak­ing note in a big way, and we were thrilled that #GLAMWOTY16 was al­ready trending – as it con­tin­ued to do for lit­er­ally hours.

Our in­ti­mate lunch at the South­ern Sun Hyde Park ho­tel was at­tended by a warm and wel­com­ing mix of celeb and me­dia guests, in­clud­ing Miss SA 2016 Ntando Kunene, bou­tique owner Peta Eg­gierth-symes, pub­li­cist Jarred Doyle, TV dy­namo Syd­ney Mekgwe, mar­ket­ing star Neo Mer­afi and pre­sen­ter and model Naomi Noinyane.

Our sen­sa­tional MC, ac­tress and Neu­tro­gena brand am­bas­sadress Nomzamo Mbatha took to the podium in a strik­ing de­sign by Rich Fac­tory, and she was joined by GLAM­OUR ed­i­tor Pn­ina Fen­ster, a proud fem­i­nist who praised the in­cred­i­ble changes that have oc­curred in the lives of women since the 1950s – the era when her vin­tage silk dress was made .

Things got even bet­ter when our winners came up to re­ceive their awards, for their speeches evoked laugh­ter and tears, touch­ing both hearts and minds. The cherry on top of that? A glo­ri­ous per­for­mance by award-win­ning ac­tress, ra­dio star and en­ter­tainer Taryn Louch, who shared hi­lar­i­ous tips for achiev­ing GLAM­OUR Women of the Year sta­tus (pink tu­tus, any­one?).

And the party didn’t end there, ei­ther. With the sun pour­ing down on the famed ho­tel rooftop deck and the mood high, it was time to kick off those heels, take in the spec­tac­u­lar view and raise a glass to the power, per­se­ver­ance and beauty of the fe­male gen­der!

@kamini­pather Yes, the winners are an ex­citable and ut­terly in­spir­ing group of #women # GLAMWOTY16 @ GLAMOUR_ sa.

Fran­cois Louw, Jarred Doyle, Miss SA 2016 Ntando Kunene and Noreen Ka­jee Vareta.

Vicky Crease, Jill Gro­gor, Taryn Louch and Maira Kout­soudakis.

Mathebe Serero

He­tal Naran, Sapna Naran and Ishani Kala.

Ntando Kunene and GLAM­OUR’S Abi­gail Ja­cobs and Gil­lian Forbes.

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