TV presenter, author and co-Founder and CEO of Swiish.com Sally Obermeder received the Readers’ Choice award at the InStyle and Audi Women of Style Awards last night at the Star Event Centre in Sydney.
Returning as the host again for the awards was Seven’s Melissa Doyle.
Obermeder accepted the trophy at a red-carpet event before an audience of more than 280 guests, media and industry. She thanked InStyle readers for voting for her and their ongoing support of her work as co-host of Seven’s The Daily Edition, her lifestyle website, her successful cookbooks, and her brand of super green superfood powder and ready-to-blend smoothies.
Nicole Warne, better known by her globally renowned alias, Gary Pepper Girl, secured the Fashion award, while Ella Havelka, the first indigenous dancer in The Australian Ballet’s 55-year history, secured the Arts & Culture award.
Amna Karra-Hassan, founder and president of AFL Sydney women’s team, the Auburn Giants, secured 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.
Other winners included: Filmmaker Rachel Perkins (Entertainment), Fashion Illustrator Megan Hess (Lifestyle), and microbiologist Dr Dharmica Mistry, who is at the frontline of developing more accurate methods of breast cancer detection (Science).
Guests at the red-carpet award ceremony included: Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Jodhi Meares, Jess Gomes, Layne Beachley & Kirk Pengilly, Jesinta Franklin, Sally Obermeder, Marta Dusseldorp, Michelle Bridges & Steve Willis, Jessica Rowe, Lindy Klim & Adam Ellis, Elyse Taylor, Pip Edwards, Terry Biviano, Juanita Phillips, Dion Lee, Kylie Gillies, Angela Bishop, Julia Zaetta, Anna Heinrich and Carla Zampatti.
Hosting the event and working the room to make sure their guests were having a good time were Pacific CEO Gereurd Roberts, general manager of fashion, beauty and health at Pacific Jackie Frank, InStyle editor Emily Taylor and Pacific commercial director Prue Cox.
Seven West Media executives lending their support were commercial director Bruce McWilliam and director of corporate affairs Simon Francis.
Key media covering the event included The Australian’s Darren Davidson and Stephen Brooke and Private Sydney columnist at Fairfax Andrew Hornery.
Guest presenter for part one of the awards was the Australian editor of the US edition of InStyle Laura Brown.
Guests left the event wheeling away the InStyle goodie bag with the 180-page InStyle Australia June edition, on sale today, with full coverage of all the winners.