The winners of the Cosmopolitan Women of the Year awards announced – as inspiring designer Camilla Franks takes …


The winners of the Cosmopolitan Women of the Year awards announced – as inspiring designer Camilla Franks takes home the top gong following cancer diagnosis

  • Designer Camilla Franks has picked up the top gong at the Cosmopolitan awards
  • She gave birth to daughter Luna this year before being diagnosed with cancer
  • The 42-year-old joins the ranks of previous winners like Tammy Hembrow
  • Steph Claire Smith, Laura Byrne and Sammy Robinson also won awards today 

Matilda Rudd For Daily Mail Australia

Cosmopolitan has rallied some of the nation’s most celebrated women in fashion, music, art and lifestyle to acknowledge their work in their field.

Held at Sydney’s iconic Ivy Pool Club on Thursday, humanitarian workers and bloggers alike attended the publication’s Women of the Year awards.

The star-studded affair saw designer and cancer fighter Camilla Franks take out the top gong as Woman of the Year – something her team later celebrated on Instagram with a heartfelt message.

The star-studded affair saw designer and cancer fighter Camilla Franks take out the top gong as Woman of the Year (pictured while pregnant with her daughter Luna)

The star-studded affair saw designer and cancer fighter Camilla Franks take out the top gong as Woman of the Year (pictured while pregnant with her daughter Luna)

The star-studded affair saw designer and cancer fighter Camilla Franks take out the top gong as Woman of the Year (pictured while pregnant with her daughter Luna)

'This year has been a pretty remarkable year for our fearless leader… It was the year she and her fiancé welcomed beautiful baby Luna,' her staff wrote in a caption

'This year has been a pretty remarkable year for our fearless leader… It was the year she and her fiancé welcomed beautiful baby Luna,' her staff wrote in a caption

'This year has been a pretty remarkable year for our fearless leader… It was the year she and her fiancé welcomed beautiful baby Luna,' her staff wrote in a caption

'This year has been a pretty remarkable year for our fearless leader… It was the year she and her fiancé welcomed beautiful baby Luna,' her staff wrote in a caption

‘This year has been a pretty remarkable year for our fearless leader… It was the year she and her fiancé welcomed beautiful baby Luna,’ her staff wrote in a caption

‘This year has been a pretty remarkable year for our fearless leader… It was the year she and her fiancé welcomed beautiful baby Luna,’ her staff wrote in a caption.

‘The year that she travelled across our beautiful backyard seeking inspiration for a very special collection. The year that she spectacularly closed Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia with her first ready-to-wear collection. 

‘The year she established her charity initiative, The Butterfly Effect, that has empowered and changed the lives of over 1,000 young women in India. 

'And throughout all of these incredible achievements, it was the year she began her fight with breast cancer,' they wrote

'And throughout all of these incredible achievements, it was the year she began her fight with breast cancer,' they wrote

‘And throughout all of these incredible achievements, it was the year she began her fight with breast cancer,’ they wrote

Influencers Steph Claire Smith (lifestyle), Sammy Robinson (fashion) and Isabella Fiori (beauty) all came away with prizes after the public voted for their favourite Instagram and Youtube stars

Influencers Steph Claire Smith (lifestyle), Sammy Robinson (fashion) and Isabella Fiori (beauty) all came away with prizes after the public voted for their favourite Instagram and Youtube stars

Influencers Steph Claire Smith (lifestyle), Sammy Robinson (fashion) and Isabella Fiori (beauty) all came away with prizes after the public voted for their favourite Instagram and Youtube stars

Influencers Steph Claire Smith (lifestyle), Sammy Robinson (fashion) and Isabella Fiori (beauty) all came away with prizes after the public voted for their favourite Instagram and Youtube stars

Influencers Steph Claire Smith (left), Sammy Robinson (right) and Isabella Fiori all came away with prizes after the public voted for their favourite Instagram and Youtube stars

‘The year that she took her business from strength to strength, growing it both at home and overseas. The year that she designed another two beautiful collections as our Creative Director and Tribal Leader.  

‘And throughout all of these incredible achievements, it was the year she began her fight with breast cancer.’  

They called their boss a ‘creative’ and ‘passionate’ woman with ‘a conviction that knows no bounds’.  

The Bachelor's Laura Byrne (pictured), who was swept off her feet by Matthew Johnson in season five of the series, won fashion designer of the year for her jewellery label ToniMay

The Bachelor's Laura Byrne (pictured), who was swept off her feet by Matthew Johnson in season five of the series, won fashion designer of the year for her jewellery label ToniMay

The Bachelor’s Laura Byrne (pictured), who was swept off her feet by Matthew Johnson in season five of the series, won fashion designer of the year for her jewellery label ToniMay

DJ Tigerlily, who rose to fame for her slick beats and fluorescent blue hair, came away with performer of the year

DJ Tigerlily, who rose to fame for her slick beats and fluorescent blue hair, came away with performer of the year

DJ Tigerlily, who rose to fame for her slick beats and fluorescent blue hair, came away with performer of the year

The 42-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer in May before releasing a number of striking and beautiful photos of her shaved head in July.

‘I am bald and broken but I will not be beaten,’ she captioned one of the images at the time.  

The Bachelor’s Laura Byrne, who was swept off her feet by Matthew Johnson in season five of the series, won fashion designer of the year for her jewellery label ToniMay.

‘Guys I’m completely speechless and that is rarer than a solar eclipse. It was such an honour to be invited to this amazing event and be surrounded by so many inspiring women, it was a total surprise to have been nominated…. but to win it is nothing short of surreal,’ she wrote on social media after the event.

The event was hosted by Ksenija Lukich and included a luncheon with Sylvia Jeffreys (left), Jules Sebastian, Pia Muehlenbeck, Elle Ferguson (right), Imogen Anthony and Pip Edwards in attendance

The event was hosted by Ksenija Lukich and included a luncheon with Sylvia Jeffreys (left), Jules Sebastian, Pia Muehlenbeck, Elle Ferguson (right), Imogen Anthony and Pip Edwards in attendance

The event was hosted by Ksenija Lukich and included a luncheon with Sylvia Jeffreys (left), Jules Sebastian, Pia Muehlenbeck, Elle Ferguson (right), Imogen Anthony and Pip Edwards in attendance

The event was hosted by Ksenija Lukich and included a luncheon with Sylvia Jeffreys (left), Jules Sebastian, Pia Muehlenbeck, Elle Ferguson (right), Imogen Anthony and Pip Edwards in attendance

The event was hosted by Ksenija Lukich and included a luncheon with Sylvia Jeffreys (left), Jules Sebastian, Pia Muehlenbeck, Elle Ferguson (right), Imogen Anthony and Pip Edwards in attendance

Jules Sebastian (pictured) looked modelesque as she posed on the pink carpet

Jules Sebastian (pictured) looked modelesque as she posed on the pink carpet

Jules Sebastian (pictured) looked modelesque as she posed on the pink carpet

Influencer Jade Tuncdoruk (left) and The Bachelor's Cassandra Wood (right) were also in attendance

Influencer Jade Tuncdoruk (left) and The Bachelor's Cassandra Wood (right) were also in attendance

Influencer Jade Tuncdoruk (left) and The Bachelor's Cassandra Wood (right) were also in attendance

Influencer Jade Tuncdoruk (left) and The Bachelor's Cassandra Wood (right) were also in attendance

Influencer Jade Tuncdoruk (left) and The Bachelor’s Cassandra Wood (right) were also in attendance

COSMOPOLITAN WINNERS FOR 2018

* Entrepreneur of the year: Alana Pallister and Stevie Cox, I.AM.GIA

* Performer of the year: Dara Hayes, DJ Tigerlily

* Social media star of the year – fashion: Sammy Robinson 

 * Social media star of the year – beauty: Isabella Fiori

* Social media star of the year – fitness and travel: Steph Claire Smith

* Creative of the Year: Jasmine Dowling, Typographer

* Game changer of the year: Mel Thomas, KYUP! Project Founder

* Fashion designer of the year: Laura Byrne, ToniMay

* Sportswoman of the year: Madison De Rozario, Athlete

* Humanitarian of the year: Jessica Lees, Australian Red Cross 

Entrepreneur of the year went to sisters Alana Pallister and Stevie Cox for their label I.Am.Gia, which has outfitted Beyonce on tour and Ciara at the recent AMAs.

Stevie, who has been very open in the past about her own cancer battle, accepted the award on behalf of the pair of them.

Influencers Steph Claire Smith (lifestyle), Sammy Robinson (fashion) and Isabella Fiori (beauty) all came away with prizes after the public voted for their favourite Instagram and Youtube stars.

Steph co-owns workout guide and online community Keep It Cleaner with model Laura Henshaw – who were both equally as ecstatic about the blonde bombshell’s win.

DJ Tigerlily, who rose to fame for her slick beats and fluorescent blue hair, came away with performer of the year.

The event was hosted by Ksenija Lukich and included a luncheon with Sylvia Jeffreys, Jules Sebastian, Pia Muehlenbeck, Elle Ferguson, Imogen Anthony and Pip Edwards in attendance. 

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