L’Oréal Paris Femina Women Awards 2012, in association with Rasvihar, commemorated the most outstanding Indian women achievers this year. In the first year of the awards, L’Oréal Paris and Femina honoured 19 extraordinary Indian women and 1 exceptional ‘Man we love’, the finest talents in their areas of expertise, from art, music, education, business, social activism, cinema amongst others.
Hosted by Diana Hayden and Ash Chandler, the evening was brimming with laughter; the audience was entertained by spectacular performances by singers Sona Mahapatra, Usha Uthup, singer-dancer Shiamak Davar and his troupe, who added to the exuberance of the evening.
The star-studded ceremony saw winners including Sona Mahapatra (Music and Performing Arts), Poorna Jagannathan (Breakthrough Performance), Kahini Arte Merchan Art), Dipika Pallikal (Sports), Dr Firuza Parikh (Science and Innovation), Ekta Kapoor (Business and Entrepreneurship), Kalpana Swaminath (Literary Contribution), Neelam Chhiber (Social Impact), Alka Shesha (Education) ,Mansi Poddar/Kanika Parab (Online Influencer), Kangna Ranaut(Style) among others.
On the awards ceremony, Mr. Tarun Rai, CEO, WWM said, “The calibre of women nominated for the L’Oréal Paris Femina Women Awards was truly exceptional. While there had to be one winner in each category, I believe they are all winners in their own right. At Femina, we are sure that these super-achievers will be a source of inspiration for an entire generation of Indian women.”
1. Music and Performing Arts- Sona Mahapatra
2. Breakthrough Performance– Poorna Jagannathan
3. Art-Kahini Arte Merchan
4. Sports- Dipika Pallikal
5. Science and Innovation- Dr Firuza Parikh
6. Business and Entrepreneurship- Ekta Kpoor
7. Literary Contribution– Kalpana Swaminath
8. Social Impact- Neelam Chhiber
9. Education-Alka Shesha
Online Influencer-Mansi Poddar/Kanika Parab
Editor’s Choice Award – Style- Kangana Ranaut
Design- Masaba Gupta
Woman we love- Priyanka Chopra
Beauty- Namrata Soni
Achievement- Ritu Kumar
Face of a cause- Lara Dutta
Man we love – Ranbir Kapoor