This week it was a celebration of all things female. The sixth annual GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards, which took place in Johannesburg earlier this week, recognised successful, strong and independent South African females who have excelled in their respective fields.
And of course there were lovely ladies from Cape Town represented on this list of eight women. These exceptional ladies are proof that extraordinary women enrich every aspect of South African life, and they run the gamut from passionate campaigners to stunning style icons, and grand entertainers to charity workers.
It was a huge honour for me to win in the category of Media amongst my Capetonian home girls were also amongst the list of winners
28-year-old University of Cape Town graduate and soprano Pretty Yende has become an international singing sensation. She walked away the winner in The Sound Maker category. Her incredible achievements thus far include winning every category in 2010 at Vienna’s Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition (where she was discovered), receiving President Jacob Zuma’s Order of Ikhamanga (recognising outstanding achievement in the arts) and features in Vogue and The New York Times. Pretty has wowed audiences in Paris, London and New York, and sang with legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli at the 2010 FIFA World Cup closing ceremony.
Cape Town based Anne Hirsch won The Next Big Thing award. The comedienne hosts her own weekly YouTube phenomenon ‘The Anne Hirsch Show’, a playful parody of our celebrity-obsessed society. Anne serves up zany interviews with SA celebs on the show that has attracted thousands of fans.
This lady, who in 2004 launched her pilot programme at Cape Town’s Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, won The Uplifter award. Since that launch she has trained volunteers who have gone on to clown for more than 3500 children a month in Joburg and Cape Town.
Other winners included:
• The Pop Icon – Toya Delazy
• The Stylista – Felicity Spies
• The Readers’ Choice – Minnie Dlamini
• The Campaigner – Zanele Muholi