Glamour honours extraordinary women

2010-03-25 08:43

It was all hugs and kisses when top local female celebrities and socialites got together at The Grace hotel in Rosebank yesterday afternoon to honour some of the most revered women in South Africa.

The second installment of the Glamour Women of the year Awards presented trophies to women who have made a contribution through out their careers, and off late, to their respective industries and communities ranging from theatre to fashion.

The event notably attracted L’Oreal ambassador Terry Pheto, 5fm entertainment presenter Jennifer Sue and TV and radio joc Zuraida Jardine, among others, who came to celebrate with the award winners over a champagne-tea party.

With the awards being spread out between seven categories, the proceedings were opened by Glamour magazine editor Pnina Fenster.

“We want to pamper you and make you feel special for all the hard work you do,” she said before handing the mic to Lebo Mashile recognized as “the wordsmith” who teaches through poetry and literature.

Mashile spoke of critical events that have been reported in the media and concluded that it would be up to women to uplift our society.

“We are heading to a time where the strength, courage, wisdom and leadership of women will be needed to lead the world to a better place.”

Following her was Michelle Gaforth-Venter who is heavily pregnant and due to give birth in three weeks. She was credited with the “eco-journalist” award for her immeasurable contribution to the environment by teaching audiences about nature and animals.

Gaforth-Venter pleaded with the gathering to no longer buy plastic bags citing that they were killing the environment.

Lindiwe Suttle, daughter of Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, was noted as “the style icon”. She said the main reason she was recognised was because of local fashion designers who she strives to endorse.

“Big retailers should give small designers a chance by lowering their rent,” she pleaded. Suttle will launch her self titled debut album, a combination of rock and soul, in late winter.

Wearing a very short tight skirt was Tamara Dey who could not say much about her being honoured as “the queen of rhythm”. She was thankful that women continued to have such platforms which supported them. “My connection with pop culture is part of what I do and part of who I am,” Dey said.

While actress Lindiwe Matshikiza was unable to attend to pick up her award for “the next big thing”; the duo of Alice Heusser and Olivia Kennaway, who own clothing label LaLesso, were recognized as “ethical entrepreneurs” for their contribution to Kenya from which they produce the label. The pair has created jobs for residents around the Diani Beach from which they operate.

Last, but certainly not least, was the Teddy Bear Clinic honoured as “the crusaders for hope”. The organization takes in around 220 children every month with the aim of grooming them into better adults in future.

“The message [we bring] is of hope,” said the organisation’s director Lizette Schoombie. “We want to teach young girls not to grow up and chose abusers as husbands and abusive young boys not to become pedophiles.”

The fashion worn at the event may have been disappointing; but the idea of paying respect to women, hopefully for years to come, is one that other organisations should look into.

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