We celebrated eleven incredible women on Tuesday at the annual Marie Claire Future Shapers awards. Here's all the details from inside the party...
Eleven brilliant women were celebrated in style on Tuesday 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.
'One of the best things about my job is that I get to meet lots of remarkable women working in many different fields, from politicians and campaigners, to fashion designers and beauty CEOs, to tech pioneers and even an astronaut,' explained Marie Claire UK Editor in Chief Trish Halpin at the event. 'Marie Claire, like Neutrogena is all about supporting fabulous, game-changing women, and my amazing fellow judges, June, Amy and Meghan, fall into this category too.'
Broadcaster June Sarpong, Instagram's head of development for EMEA Amy Cole and J&J's beauty marketing director for Nothern Europe Meghan Davis, joined our Editor in Chief Trish to select the eleven award recipients, emphasising how 'together we can all shape the world of work for the better.'
The winners included stem pioneer Anne Marie Imafidon MBE, counter-extremist activist Fatima Zaman and trans-rights trailblazer Charlie Craggs, who is tackling prejudices by founding Nail Transphobia - a pop-up nail salon offering free manicures around the UK, giving people a chance to sit down and chat with a trans person.
Each winner was honoured by Marie Claire editor Trish Halpin and managing director Justine Southall, presented with their awards by one of a selection of VIP presenters that were inspiring enough themselves.
Model and DJ Amber Le Bon came up on stage to present an award to Future Shapers winner Holli Rogers, CEO of Browns boutique, while Robot Wars and One Show TV presenter Angela Scanlon presented the gong to our sustainability guru, Jessi Baker - founder and CEO of provenance.org.
Anchor of Sky News Sunrise Sarah Jane Mee and Future Shapers judge and head of brand development EMEA, Amy Cole, also took to the stage to present the politics and tech business awards.
Other impressive presenters to take to the stage included Capital Breakfast host Roman Kemp, Game of Thrones actress Laura Pradelska and Jess Phillips, MP for Yarley and chair of the women's parliamentary Labour party.
TV and radio presenter and founder of Viappi, Sarah Jane Crawford was also a Future Shapers presenter, joined by broadcaster, author and Oxfam ambassador Gemma Cairney and Meghan Davis, Marketing Director of Beauty Europe, Johnson & Johnson.
WHO ARE THE 2017 FUTURE SHAPERS?
Holli Rogers - CEO of Browns fashion boutique
Anne Marie Imafidon MBE - Founder and CEO of Stemettes
Vick Hope - Host of London's No1 breakfast radio show on Capital FM
Cara Sanquest and Hannah Little - Co-Founders of London-based Abortion Rights Campaign Group
Zarlasht Halaimzai - Co-Founder of the Refugee Trauma Initiative
Tabitha Goldstaub - Co-Founder of CognitionX
Charlie Craggs - Founder of Nail Transphobia
Jessi Baker - Founder and CEO of Provenance.org
Fatima Zaman - Advocate for Countering Violent Extremism
Georgia Gould - Leader of Camden Council
Celebrity guests at the event included Melissa Hemsley, Tess Ward and Zoe Hardman, who headed upstairs after the ceremony to play a set on the decks, while the bar served Cointreau cucumber and basil cocktails and guests nibbled on mini beef wellingtons and Indian spiced swordfish. There was also a Neutrogena GIF booth on hand to capture some of the assembled crowd’s best moves as Amber Le Bon took over the decks later in the evening.
The general feeling of the event was empowerment, with both winners and guests speaking out about a change they would like to enact for women across the world.
‘I would like to see equal pay,’ explained TV presenter Angela Scanlon. ‘It has been quite topical at the moment in my industry, but it is something that needs to be addressed across all industries.’ While Cara Sanquest and Hannah Little, Co-Founders of London-based abortion rights campaign stressed that ‘In the 21st century, it’s really important that women have control of their own bodies’.
‘I’d love to see more representation of women,’ Counter-extremist activist and Future shapers winner Fatema Zaman explained. ‘And not just women in general – more coloured women, more brown women, more young women, in all fields – not just in politics – not just in fashion, but in poetry, in activism, in drama, in art – I’d really love to see women just take over the world.’
The inspirational women in attendance then went on to offer up their best career advice. ‘Sit at the table as an equal and don’t think that as a female you have to behave in a certain way,’ encouraged Angela Scanlon, while Labour MP Jess Phillips highlighted the need to ‘never let anybody silence your and delegitimise your voice’. She continued: ‘In politics if you’re a woman there are lots of people who come out to try and silence you. Never ever be afraid or your own voice and speaking your truth, because there’s nobody else like you.’
‘Be unapologetic,’ enthused Melissa Hemsley. ‘If I didn’t know a single person in this room I would still come because you meet so many people.’ She continued: ‘Be brave - say hello to people you like, ask for help, ask for advice – I’ve always been one of those people that are brazen at asking for advice, even if inside I’m cringing.’
‘Surround yourself with strong, supportive women,’ encouraged Futures Shapers winner and fashion leader Holli Rogers. ‘Without the women in my life, I wouldn’t be where I am today.’
WHAT WE DRANK
Cointreau Fizz Classic (Cointreau, fresh lime juice, soda water)
Cointreau Fizz with cucumber and basil (Cointreau, fresh lime juice, cucumber, basil, soda water)
Cointreau Fizz with strawberry and mint (Cointreau, fresh lime, strawberries, mint, soda water)
WHAT WE ATE
Indian spiced swordfish poppadom brittle, spiced mango, labneh
Mini beef wellington with horseradish crème fraîche
Roast squash and Dolcelatte arancini Saffron and caper relish
Smoked harissa chicken, crispy chicken skin, whipped avocado
Tataki tuna, ponzu gel, wasabi tobikko
Heritage beetroot mille-feuille with whipped goats cheese, hazelnuts
London gin cured salmon with beetroot gel, horseradish, parsley blini
Mini ‘cod and chips, Black Sheep ale batter, tartare sauce
Crispy West Sussex halloumi, hand cut chips, pea puree, spiced tomato relish
INSIDE THE GOODY BAGS…
Glaceau Smart water, Lee Stafford Lived In spray, Neutrogena Visibly Clear Wash Mask, Neutrogena Visibly Clear Daily Wash, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, Nails Inc nail varnish, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Lotion, mini Cointreau Fizz bottle, Cointreau Fizz cocktail shaker, Pixi by Petra Beauty Primer, , Browcote Waterproof Brow Gel, Lipcote Lipstick Sealer, the November issue of Marie Claire.
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Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.
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