ICYMI: Here’s what happened at Marie Claire’s Future Shapers Awards 2019

We celebrated ten incredible women at the annual Marie Claire Future Shapers awards. Here's all the details from inside the party...

Ten brilliant women were celebrated in style on Thursday night at Marie Claire’s Future Shapers Awards, in partnership with Neutrogena.

Marie Claire’s annual event, which honours women doing brilliant, agenda-pushing work in a range of fields (tech, politics, fashion, activism) took place this year at One Marylebone, inspiring everyone in attendance.

From firefighting champions and media powerhouses to groundbreaking scriptwriters and humanitarian heroes, our winners were recognised by Marie Claire magazine’s Editor in Chief Trish Halpin and Managing Director Justine Southall, who introduced Marie Claire‘s new Digital Editor in Chief Andrea Thompson to honour the ten finalists.

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Joining team Marie Claire on the judging panel this year to select our ten extraordinary winners was journalist and presenter Tina Daheley, founder of Mother Pukka and Marie Claire columnist Anna Whitehouse and marketing director at Johnson & Johnson, Nicky Sunshine.

But the inspiration wasn’t limited to the stage – all of our attendees are shaping the future, not only looking incredible on the red carpet, but also sharing career advice and inspiration with each other at the inspirational event.

Tanya Reynolds, Laurie Nunn and Ncuti Gatwa. Credit: Dave Benett/ Getty

‘Lift others as you climb,’ expressed Future Shapers Award winner Dr Jess Wade. ‘I love celebrating the achievements of others, both online and offline. If you see someone doing something outstanding, nominate them for an award, or tell them they’re fantastic.’

‘When something doesn’t feel right, speak up. In the past, I’ve found myself going along with things that make me feel uncomfortable so that I don’t cause offence.’ Future Shapers Award winner Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton announced to the audience, adding: ‘Being brave doesn’t mean not being afraid. It means doing something despite being afraid.’

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Our 2019 Future Shapers:

Alice Tapper 
Founder and author of Go Fund Yourself
Presented by: Vick Hope and Sinead Harnett

Lynette Linton
Artistic director at London’s Bush Theatre
Presented by: Laura Whitmore

Seyi Akiwowo
Founder and executive director of Glitch
Presented by: Tina Daheley

Tara Button
Founder of BuyMeOnce
Presented by: Kyle De’Volle

Dr Sonia Adesara
Junior doctor and campaigner
Presented by: Neelam Gill

Credit: Keaton Chau

Emma Barnett
BBC broadcaster, journalist and author
Presented by: Anna Whitehouse

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton
Firefighter and author of The Heat Of The Moment: Life And Death Decision-Making From A Firefighter
Presented by: Katie Piper

Cash Carraway
Award-winning playwright and author of Skint Estate
Presented by: AJ Odudu

Dr Jess Wade
Research associate at Imperial College London and an advocate for women in science and engineering
Presented by: Nicky Sunshine

Laurie Nunn
Screenwriter and creator of Netflix’s smash hit Sex Education
Presented by: Tanya Reynolds and Ncuti Gatwa

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‘Keep fighting and keep causing trouble because that’s the only way we’re going to make a change,’ the winners informed the audience, with presenter Laura Whitmore announcing: ‘Nothing changes or stops if we stay in our lanes’.

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Celebrity guests from AJ Odudu and Vick Hope to Hayley Hasselhoff and Katie Piper joined us for the post-ceremony party, where we sipped on Mary-Le-Bone gin and tonics and feasted on gourmet canapés and late night voodoo fried chicken and cauliflower, with the DJ sets going into the night.

Laura Whitmore and Harriet Rose DJing the Marie Claire Future Shapers Awards. Credit: Dave Benett/ Getty

The music:

Our all-female DJ line up got everyone dancing after the awards, with Laura Whitmore opening the night on the decks, followed by Harriet Rose and Krystal Roxx. And while we couldn’t coax a song out of VIP guest singer-songwriter Sinead Harnett, we can’t wait to hear her ‘Lessons in Love’ album, launching today.

Team Marie Claire danced the night away with the celebrity guests in attendance to female anthem after female anthem, with Nike trainer Joelle d’Fontaine bringing all the vibes to the dance floor.

The tunes, the dancers, the guests and of course the DJs were all beyond epic.

Krystal Roxx DJing at the Marie Claire Future Shapers Awards. Credit: Dave Benett/ Getty

What we ate:


Spiced coronation chicken cone, curried coconut cream, black onion seeds
Grilled prawn skewer, kimchi mayo
Heritage tomato and goats cheese tartlet, basil emulsion
Curried squash, poppadom, pomegranate, raita

Bowl food:

Salt and pepper squid salad, soy and lime, chilled vermicelli noodles, lotus root
Bang bang beef
Thai red vegetable curry, coconut rice, bok choy

Late night snacks:

Voodoo fried chicken, blue cheese sauce
Voodoo fried cauliflower, ranch dressing, hot sauce

Credit: Keaton Chau

What we drank:

Mary-Le-Bone London Dry Gin, Lamb & watt elderflower tonic, grapefruit twist
Mary-Le-Bone Orange & Geranium gin, Lamb & Watt Hibiscus Tonic, orange
Prosecco DOC
(Cantina Beato Bartolomeo da Breganze Prosecco DOC Extra Dry, La Marca Prosecco DOC Extra Dry “Millage”, Maschio Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry, Piera 1899 Prosecco DOC Brut “075 Carati”, Serena Wines Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry “Terra Serena”, Sacchetto Prosecco DOC Extra Dry “Fili”, Villa Sandi Prosecco DOC Treviso “La Gioiosa”)
Campo Viejo
(Rosé Crisp & Elegant 2018, Tempranillo Blanco 2018 and Tempranillo 2017)
Cañelo & Lamb & Watt tonic, Inca Berry

Credit: Keaton Chau

Credit: Keaton Chau

And if that wasn’t enough, each of the guests left with a bumper goody bag. see below for all the products:

The goody bags:

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Cream
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrogel Mask
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Refreshingly Clear Pink Grapefruit Wash
Neutrogena Blackhead Strips
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Scented Hand Cream
Listerine Go Tabs
Mary-Le-Bone Gin bottle
Marie Claire October Issue
KIND snack bar
Pip & Nut squeeze pack
Livia’s Kitchen Salted Peanut Butter Million Squares
Godiva collection box
Godiva biscuits
Nails Inc Life Hack polish

Credit: Keaton Chau

Credit: Keaton Chau

What an incredible night!

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped us celebrate!

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