In its third edition, Vogue Women Of The Year awards have become synonymous with glamour, excellence and remarkable success. This year too Vogue raised the bar up another notch for 2019, bringing together the most inspiring names from all over the world.
From the country’s most successful sportswomen to business leaders, designers, supermodels, Bollywood celebrities and more, meet the winners of Vogue Women Of The Year 2019.
Lilly Singh – The Absolut Born Colourless Global Indian Of The Year (Female)
Viral YouTube star Lilly Singh needs no introduction. As the NBC newcomer and first Indian-origin female host on broadcast television in America, she has opened the doors for many others who look like her and brought some much-needed diversity to our TV screens.
Kunal Nayyar – Global Indian Of The Year (Male)
In 2007, Kunal Nayyar’s big break came when he starred in The Big Bang Theory—which went on to become the longest-running multi-camera series in television history. In 2015, the actor even penned a book titled Yes, My Accent Is Real to talk about how he wasn’t just another Apu in America. After 12 years of relentless work and phenomenal success, he announced to the world his plan to “take a break from social media”.
Winnie Harlow – Global Changemaker Of The Year
At just 25 years old, Canadian model Winnie Harlow has already changed the face of fashion. Since she was discovered by Tyra Banks on the 21st series of America’s Next Top Model in 2014—competing under her real name, Chantelle Brown-Young—she’s been central in the move towards the more diverse and inclusive fashion industry. She’s fronted campaigns for the likes of Diesel and MAC Cosmetics, a regular on the catwalk and fashion’s front rows and appeared on dozens of magazine covers, all the while raising awareness about her skin condition, vitiligo (which causes patches of pigmentation loss).
Huda Kattan – Influencer Of The Year
Huda Kattan is currently the beauty world’s brightest star. She has close to 40 million Instagram followers, clocked 150 million YouTube views and owns a beauty brand with an estimated value of US$1.2 billion. Kattan has gone on to popularise her own Arabian style of makeup all over the world.
Anushka Sharma – Style Icon Of The Year
Style Icon of the Year, Anushka Sharma
believes in fashion that’s believable (but not basic), Anushka Sharma’s is a covetable wardrobe you’d want to replicate. "There are clothes meant for a specific reason—they look beautiful on screen but they’re not the most amazing clothes to wear. In my own space, I want to be comfortable in what I’m wearing and, most importantly, it has to reflect me,” she reveals.
Alia Bhatt – Performer Of The Year
As a child, Alia Bhatt
had all the traits of an actor. At 26, this prodigiously talented actor seems to have achieved everything. Gully Boy is on its way to the Oscars, her father is directing her in Sadak 2, and her upcoming feature, Brahmastra is frantically awaited. No wonder she has been crowned our Performer Of The Year this time around.
Katrina Kaif – Risk Taker Of The Year
With her brand new venture into the world of beauty, Katrina Kaif
might have just cracked the code to be an unpredictable enigma and yet coming as close to her fans as a superstar can at the same time. Her makeup brand, Kay by Katrina is an unapologetic, honest ode to the beauty, and has been two and a half years in the making to speak Kaif’s language. “I want it to portray my philosophy. It definitely does not say, ‘Look like me.’ I want you to have fun with my makeup and let it enhance the favourite parts of you,” she says.Taapsee Pannu – Trailblazer Of The Year (Female)
Acting was not part of the game plan for Taapsee Pannu. She had an engineering degree and was preparing for the Common Admission Test (CAT) to apply to business schools. Cut to 2019, Pannu is a well-known face in the Hindi film industry, with blockbusters like Pink and Badla to her credit. Her formula for success? Being slow but steady, and accepting your own reality.
Ananya Panday – Youth Influencer Of The Year
Ananya Panday may be just one film old right now, but she has already made a lasting impression in the Hindi film industry. After a prestigious debut in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year 2 (the first SOTY launched the careers of the likes of Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, and Sidharth Malhotra) earlier this year, the 20-year-old actor is now gearing up for her upcoming feature, Pati Patni Our Woh, where she will share screen space with Kartik Aaryan and Bhumi Pednekar. Panday has been ticking off everything that sums up a star’s list—she had signed on as Lakmé’s youngest brand ambassador even before SOTY 2 released, made her runway debut at Lakmé Fashion Week winter/festive 2019 for Arpita Mehta and Anushree Reddy’s show.
Ranveer Singh – Man Of The Year
Quixotic, intense, angsty and the class clown all rolled into one—here is a man who makes the movies more fun than they have been in a long time. Over the years, Ranveer Singh
has combined a hyperbolic goofball public persona with a versatile body of work—including Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, India’s official entry to the Oscars this year, and Kabir Khan’s upcoming ’83, which will see him playing the country’s first cricket World Cup-winning captain, Kapil Dev.
Dulquer Salmaan – Trailblazer Of The Year (Male)
Growing up as the son of Mammootty, the superstar of the Malayalam film world, Dulquer Salmaan had said, “My biggest fear was I’d be a humongous failure son of my dad, and that I would lose it all,” he says. Today, Salmaan has some 30 acting awards to his name and is a consistent name in listicles for the best-dressed and the influential. Clearly he was wrong.
Zoya Akhtar – Filmmaker Of The Year
Zoya Akhtar is unstoppable. Her latest film, Gully Boy, was recently announced as India’s official entry to the Oscars for 2019, and she also produced her first web series, Made In Heaven, for Prime Video earlier this year. Considering her wide range of as a filmmaker—her earlier work includes the likes of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)—it’s not surprising that she’s considered as a fine storyteller and observer by critics and audiences alike.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac – Visionary of The Year
Benetton’s ad campaigns are full of joy, colour, celebration, acceptance, love. Taking the brand’s ideals of multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusivity forward is its new artistic director, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has been designing clothes since 1968. The long-time champion of diversity believes that fashion has a responsibility and that you can say important things with creativity—fashion but with a cause.
Ruchika Sachdeva – Designer Of The Year
She was the Vogue India Fashion Fund winner in 2014, the Woolmark International Prize Winner in 2018, and this year at the Vogue Women Of The Year Awards, she’s Designer Of The Year. Ruchika Sachdeva has carved a space for herself in India’s fashion landscape in less than a decade since she founded her label, Bodice, in 2011, dedicated to impeccable construction, menswear tailoring traditions, and Indian crafts.
Pooja Mor – Young Achiever Of The year
An international debut in 2016 at Louis Vuitton catapulted Pooja Mor’s continental career shift, where part of the perks include being shot by the best photographers in business (Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel, and the late Peter Lindbergh), a stream of global campaigns and a platform for championing causes. Almost 16 seasons, 68 runways and 76 looks later, Mor has made the world’s runways her stage.
Garima Arora – Young Achiever Of The Year
Garima Arora has had quite the year. She became the first female Indian chef to receive a Michelin star for her restaurant Gaa in Bangkok in 2018 and was also awarded Asia’s Best Female Chef 2019 at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. The cub pharma reporter-turned-chef, who worked with Gordon Ramsay, René Redzepi and Gaggan Anand before opening her restaurant, is applying her journalistic curiosity and chef’s laurels to be the change she wants to see.
Heena Sidhu – Young Achiever Of The Year
In 2013, Heena Sidhu received a phone call that would change her life—she got an opportunity to compete at the World Cup in Munich, Germany. The 30-year-old pistol shooter went on to beat the then world champion with a record score of 203.8 and became the first Indian pistol shooter to win gold at the World Cup. The following year, news emerged that she has made history as the first Indian shooter to hold the World No. 1 title.
Dutee Chand – Sportsperson Of The Year
Apart from record-breaking firsts on the track, Dutee Chand is also India’s first openly lesbian athlete. The professional sprinter announced that she was in a same-sex relationship earlier this year, and earned high praise from many quarters, including talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Just over a month ago, Chand clinched the gold medal in 100 meters at the World University Games in Naples, making her the first-ever Indian woman track and field athlete to do so, clocking 11.32 seconds. Next up on her list? “My ultimate aim is to bring home the gold medal for India in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” she reveals. Sangita Jindal – Heritage Keeper Of The Year
From setting up the 10-acre-large arts village Kaladham in the JSW township in Vijayanagar to starting Art India, the country’s leading magazine for contemporary art, Sangita Jindal is a patron whose engagement with art goes far beyond the act of acquiring. A champion of Indian art for more than a quarter of a century, as the chairperson of JSW Foundation, the non-profit arm of JSW (a colossal steel and energy conglomerate run by husband Sajjan), Sangita proactively promotes heritage as well as contemporary art.
Neera Nundy – Agent Of Social Change
It could be refusing to sit on a segregated bus seat, pledging to donate half of their wealth to charity or skipping school to protest. For social entrepreneur Neera Nundy, it was a coming together of her desire to lead and prove herself. As the co-founder of Dasra (an organization that catalyzes India’s strategic philanthropy movement), she has an ambitious goal to transform a billion lives with dignity and equity.
Avni Biyani – Entrepreneur Of The Year
A 30-year-old with an annual turnover of over Rs 300 crores, Foodhall founder Avni Biyani has captured the zeitgeist with a food chain that brings trending, premier foods to our pantries. From a starter team of 70 people, Foodhall has now expanded to over 800 employees in the gourmet food space as Biyani gears to open her 10th store in Delhi. Biyani is unstoppable. With an app underway, she plans to kick off her digital expansion soon too.
Falguni Nayar – Business Person Of The Year
There were no case studies, no reference points, no guidelines when Falguni Nayar decided to sell something as tactile as makeup and skincare products online. She noticed the paucity of a good beauty sale experience in India and combined the two to launch Nykaa in 2012. Today, her empire is worth more than 750 million dollars. She could not define the Vogue Business Person Of The Year award better—revolutionizing the beauty industry via technology.