The night of March 19 was a good night in true sense as it saw ‘women of worth’, who have stood up for a cause they felt deeply for and whose efforts changed lives of many, coming together to celebrate their achievements.
This year, L’Oréal Paris Femina Women Awards 2013 brought under the arc lights those unsung women, who have made a difference across fields such as art, business, environment, science and technology, sports, environment etc. The awards night, held at Mumbai’s JW Marriott, saw the perfect touch of glitz and glamour with the presence of Sonam Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Kunal Kapoor, Kabir Khan and Mini Mathur, Prasoon Joshi, Nandita Das, Shabana Azmi, Vidya Balan and Neha Dhupia amongst others.
Actress Vidya Balan, who looked gorgeous in the marriage afterglow, was felicitated with the ‘Women We Love’ award. “This is a celebration of me as woman. This award is special because it celebrates the essence of women. Women are now beginning to take centre stage and are getting recognized,” said the beaming beauty. While Bollywood diva Sonam Kapoor, who shares a long association with Femina as well as L’Oreal Paris, said she was glad that women are being recognised for their efforts in various fields.
There was no dearth of entertainment too as power packed performances by Shubha Mudgal, The Diva Project – Manasi Scott, and an act from the critically acclaimed play ‘The Vagina Monologues’, kept the audience enthralled throug
The The L’Oréal Paris Femina Women Awards 2013 winners are…
Vidya Balan – Women We Love
Shabana Azmi – Favourite Face of a Cause
Mary Kom and Tania Sachdev – Sports
Shilpa Rao – Music
Lisa Haydon – Style
Sakshi Tanwar and Svati Chakravarty – TV
Sanjana Kapoor, Sameera Iyengar and Nandita Das – Performing Arts
Deepika Govind – Design
Simrit Malhi – Business and Entrepreneurship
Ishita Khanna – Environment
Kalpana Morparia – Leadership
Milburn Cherian – Art
Sabbah Haji – Education
Namita Gokhale – Literary Contribution
Usha Chaudhary and Chetna Gala Sinha – Social Impact
Anusha Yadav – Online Influencer
Neha Juneja – Science and Innovation
Shilpa Rao – Music
The winners were selected by an all-women panel comprising esteemed personalities:
Sudha Murthy (Chairperson, Infosys Foundation), Gauri Shinde (Ad-film and feature film director), Neeta Lulla (Fashion stylist and costume designer), Meera Sanyal (Chairperson and Country Executive, RBS Group), Seema Biswas (Film and Theatre actress), Pierre-Yves Arzel (L’Oreal managing director) and Tanya Chaitanya (Femina editor).