Australia’s most “game-changing” women were crowned at the annual Marie Claire Women of the Year Awards in Sydney on Tuesday.
And, given the historic year of female sport which saw Australia’s football team crush all-time TV ratings records during the Women’s World Cup, it was not surprising the publication crowned “The Matildas” Champions of the Year.
Star striker Sam Kerr was also named Icon of the Year, following the team’s fourth place ranking in the tournament, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian arm of the global publication held its fourth awards night at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, celebrating the leaders, trailblazers, change-makers and entertainers who have made Australians “laugh, think, learn and stand up” in 2023.
“For 28 years, Marie Claire has been advocating for change. There’s nothing we won’t talk about and we’re not afraid to tell it like it is,” Georgie Abay, editor of Marie Claire, said.
“With a proud history of agenda-setting journalism, mixed with a glamorous dose of fashion and beauty, marie claire is an iconic global brand that informs and steers Australian women. “All of our winners are true icons across every field, from politics, social justice, sport and business to health, advocacy and entertainment.”
Ms Abay continued: “It’s an honour to recognise the commitment, passion and bravery of this inspirational group of women. As leaders in their chosen fields, these game-changers are leading with courage and rejecting the status quo in order to build a brighter future for our next generation.”
Other winners included Kylie Minogue, who was named Entertainer of the Year, as well as sexual consent activist Chanel Contos and Maria Thattil, an advocate for inclusion and equality, who were jointly awarded the Voice of Now title.
Australian fashion mastermind Rebecca Vallance was crowned Designer of the Year.
As well as acknowledging the incredible work of these Australian women, there was also an impressive guest list, including fitness entrepreneur Michelle Bridges, P.E Nation co-owner Pip Edwards and celebrity chef Kylie Kwong.
To celebrate the dominance of female sport in the 2023 winners list, Matildas midfielder Mary Fowler has graced the latest edition of Marie Claire.
The star forward looks incredible in a black crop top and a pair of matching trimmed jeans.
“When I think about it now, it feels like a dream,” she told the publication of the Matildas success.
“It’s hard to put into words the legacy we’ve left behind. I think it’s really special that we can get recognised as a team for the work we did and the journey we’ve had together.”