Femina takes the lead in recognizing India’s top women achievers in India

~ At the second edition of the L’Oréal Paris Femina Women Awards, ‘Women of worth’ take center stage ~

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Femina – India’s first and largest read women’s lifestyle magazine in association with iconic beauty brand – L’Oréal Paris hosted the second edition of L’Oréal Paris Femina Women Awards 2013 on March 19 in Mumbai. The awards celebrated ‘Women of Worth’ in India, honoring women across 17 categories including science, business and entrepreneurship, sports, art, education, television and music among others.

Femina as a brand has always been synonymous with celebrating women and their achievements and has done pioneering work in putting these achievers in the spotlight for the last 50 years.

Sharing his views on organizing these awards, Tarun Rai, CEO, World Wide Media said, “For five decades Femina has been the friend, philosopher and guide to the modern Indian woman. It has inspired as well as celebrated her achievements. And over these years Femina has grown to become India’s largest English women’s magazine. It is, only appropriate that Femina is awarding the Tangram trophy to women across 17 diverse categories. And we are happy that we have a like-minded brand, L’Oreal, partnering us in this endeavor”.

The evening saw distinguished women from various walks of life such Mary Kom, Shabani Azmi, Nandita Das, Vidya Balan, Lisa Haydon and Sakshi Tanwar among many others being felicitated for work done in diverse fields. L’Oreal Paris Brand ambassadors Sonam A. Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan along with Farhan Akhtar, Diya Mirza, Kunal Kapoor, Nandita Das and the esteemed jury members presented the awards.

Manashi Guha, Marketing Manager at L’Oréal Paris said, “L’Oréal Paris has played a key role in the empowerment of women via its landmark slogan, “Because You’re Worth it”. Today, with the L’Oréal Paris Femina Women Awards we are going even further in our quest to recognizing the contributions of Women of Worth. The winners chosen today are perfect examples of women with extraordinary accomplishments, outstanding leadership qualities and exceptional commitment to the communities around them. We congratulate these women of worth and hope that they continue to strive towards a better society.”

With power packed performances by Shubha Mudgal, The Diva Project- Manasi Scott and an act from the critically acclaimed play ‘The Vagina Monologues’ the ceremony unabashedly brought alive the essence of womanhood in India and made the evening an occasion to remember.

Rounding off a successful second year of the awards Tanya Chaitanya, Editor, Femina said, “The L’Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards 2013 have gone a step further this year. This time we have made an all-out effort to introduce you to the unsung women who make a difference around us right from art to business, environment to science and technology. Not all the women on our nominee list are well known, but we promise you: each one of them is worth it.

The winners were selected by an esteemed panel of judges that consisted of achievers from across various fields like:

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 for Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS Group)

Seema Biswas, Film and Theatre actress

Pierre-Yves Arzel, MD L’Oréal India

Tanya Chaitanya, Editor, Femina

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