They're bright, successful and living proof that style is more that what you wear-it's how you think, act and influence the world around you. Get inspired (and a little awestruck) as we celebrate this year's winners.
More than 280 guests gathered at The Star Ballroom in Sydney for the ninth annual InStyle and Audi Women of Style awards on Wednesday evening.
Nicole Warne aka Gary Pepper Girl won the coveted Fashion award, while Ella Havelka, the first indigenous dancer in The Australian Ballet’s 55-year history, received the Arts & Culture award. Amna Karra-Hassan, Founder and President of AFL Sydney Women’s Team, the Auburn Giants – and a young trailblazer and powerful voice for women in sport – took out the Sport category award and Dr Susan Carland was awarded the Charity & Community accolade for her ongoing research and public influence on matters concerning gender equality.
Filmmaker Rachel Perkins (Entertainment), Fashion Illustrator Megan Hess (Lifestyle), and talented microbiologist, Dr Dharmica Mistry, who is at the frontline of developing more accurate methods of breast cancer detection (Science), also took home the night's other big honours.
We asked the 2017 InStyle and Audi Women Of Style about the key to their success, check out their inspiring quotes here.
Thank you for a beautiful evening @davidjonesstore @instylemag #WomenOfStyle . Congratulations to all of the incredible women nominated 💘
Winner of the Reader's Choice Award, Sally Obermeder wrote, "OH MY GOD. 🙈🙈 WOW. Beyond beyond beyond thrilled to win this award tonight at @instylemag Women of Style. ❤️ thank you to everyone who voted for me and our @swiishbysallyo business. SWIISH stands for Stylish Women Inspiring Inner Strength Health/Happiness and we try to live that and bring that each and every day. We will treasure this award."
InStyle U.S editor and Aussie, Laura Brown shared, "How I love my mate @krewboylan. Great night at the 🐨 @instylemag awards!"
Our gorgeous host for the evening Melissa Doyle shared this picture pre-show!
Sydney fashion favourites Eva Galambos, Director Parlor X and designer Dion Lee.
Jo Casamento captioned this picture with Terri Biviano, "🙌🏻 🙌🏻 🌸 Women "scooping" each other up! Gosh I ADORE the Audi & InStyle Women of Style Awards. Definitely my fave event on the social calendar. Waaaaay too much fabulousness & inspo in one room!"
Dami Im gearing up to perform her hit, The Sound Of Silence backstage.
And her amazing Dolce & Gabbana sequined heels.
Winner in the Science category, Dr Dharmica Mistry celebrated, "Cannot believe I won...thank you @instylemag for an amazing evening! This is unbelievably cool! #
Many thanks to my dearest @hasu3010 (my incredible mumma) @sanj2306 for help styling, and the lovely aleesa @glamwah for fixing up my hair and face so I looked presentable! You ladies rock 😘 "
Nominee and all-round stunner, Samantha Wills posted this heartfelt message, "What a incredible honour it was, last night to attend the @instylemag + @audiaustralia #WomenOfStyle Awards. I had so many inspiring conversations with women who are doing brave, innovative and pioneering things in their field, I came away so motivated, and with a heart full of purpose to push more boundaries, and rather than waiting for a path to be shown that you should follow, to get out there, bloody create your own, and pioneer the way. Congratulations to all the winners last night, and to everyone nominated, what a truly, honestly, incredible honour it was to have my name appear alongside each and everyone of yours."
Journalist Natarsha Belling captioned this dazzling behind-the-scenes picture, "CARLA ❤️ Thank you as always @carlazampatti for your magic for the @instylemag Women of Style Awards 2017. Such an incredibly inspirational evening recognising extraordinary Australian women. Thank you also @kailisjewellery and@awprofficial 😘❤️😍#womenofstyle"