Glamour magazine's had Glamour Women of the Year Awards dinner was held last night at the EB Social and Kitchen Bar in Hyde Park, Johanneburg.
The annual event aims to celebrate and honour women who make a significant difference in their respective fields, and have celebrated about 100 women's organisations since the initiative started.
This year the event was hosted by actress Jessica Nkosi.
The nine outstanding Glamour Women of the Year award recipients are: Sbahle Mpisane, who won under the health category, Leandie du Randt Botch for film, Carol Tshabalala for media, Mary Sibande for art, Sizophila Dlezi for art, Aisha Pandor for business, Marilyn Hoole for charity, Ryki for next big thing and Nadia Jaftha for reader’s choice.
Aisha Pandor, Glamour Woman of the Year.
Speaking at the event, Glamour Editor-in-Chief, Pnina Fenster, said: “With our Glamour sisters in America, Russia, we celebrate women with these awards because Glamour loves to cheer on women, to celebrate them and we delight in these awards. To the winners, you make proud."
Although some of the winners were unable to attend, those who were present expressed gratitude for being honoured as a WOTY.
Pnina Fenster, editor-in-chief for Glamour magazine.
“It’s an honour to be recognised by a big magazine like Glamour. It’s really amazing for another field to recognised me and my work because usually, as a visual artist, I would expect visual industry to recognise the talent but now it’s another sector, it is quite amazing”, said Mary Sibande.
Aisha Pandor, who left a career as a scientist after studying for 10 years to start a business, is happy to be part of Glamour.
“It’s great recognition for the work that I do with the Sweep South team. Glamour is a platform that celebrates and inspire women and it really is an honour to be part of this great movement”, she said.
Leandie du Randt Botch, Glamour Woman of the Year.
Actress and motivational speaker, Leandie du Randt Botch was ecstatic that her talent was finally being celebrated in an English magazine as she always wished.
Terry Pheto and Mampho Brescia.
“I cannot put it into words how much it means to me. Being an Afrikaans artist, I always envisioned being in an English magazine especially a big one like Glamour. I could not believe when they emailed me that they actually recognise my work and have seen what I’ve done.
"This is the biggest awards I’ve ever got in my life and I’m so grateful for Glamour to recognise people outside cultures, different language groups and to celebrate people who work hard and put in effort”, said du Randt Botch.
LootLove looking fly.
Celebrities such as LootLove, Terry Pheto and Mampho Brescia — just to name a few were also present — cheering on the women of honour.