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From Snapchat heroes and inspiring Instagrammers to fearless Facebookers and tenacious Tweeters, this award is reserved for the star of Ireland's social media scene.

And let's be honest, we're positively falling over ourselves with the number of worthy recipients right now.

Having trawled through thousands of nominations, our panel of judges whittled it down to the following five.

Sooo, without further ado, here are the finalists for SHEmazing's Social Influencer of the Year Award.

James Kavanagh

A veritable Snapchat superstar, James Kavanagh made a name for himself by sharing hilarious snapshots of his day to day life with legions of fascinated followers.

Let's put it this way, even if you're not on Snapchat, you know who James Kavanagh is.

Grace Mongey

One of Ireland's best known bloggers, Grace's social media star went stratospheric when she made the decision to Snapchat the birth of her baby daughter last year.

While seeringly honest and hugely relatable, the Tallaght-native has faced criticism during her time on the social media scene, but always comes back fighting.

Cliona Kelly

A fashion, style and beauty blogger, Cliona Kelly is our third finalist for Social Influencer of the Year.

While studying fro her Masters in journalism back in 2013, Cliona decided to create a blog… and a social media star was born.

Joanne Larby

The face behind The Make Up Fairy, Joanne Larby divides her time between fitness, fashion and beauty, and seeks to motivate and inspire across all realms.

Having qualified as a professional make up artist, Joanne sought to share her thoughts and insights with an online community, and ultimately amassed a following that numbers in its thousands.

Sarah Hanrahan

Food, fashion and lifestyle is the name of Sarah Hanrahan's game, and with her blog I Come Undone, she shares an insight into the things which make her tick.

From flea markets to foodie events, Sarah explores Dublin with 'all the gusto of a first-time tourist' and boasts thousands of fascinated followers.




We were on the lookout for the most talented creative in Ireland right now, and we needed your help.

From writers, illustrators and musicians, to makeup and tattoo artists and beyond; we wanted to know whose star was burning brightest and whose creative streak has added more than a splash of colour to your landscape.

And you lot couldn't get your nominations in fast enough.

So without further ado, here are the five finalists for our Creative of the Year Award.

People, it's time to vote!

Emma Kenny

As a Fashion Illustrator, 2D Artist, Concept Artist & Game Developer, Emma Kenny has not only made a serious name for herself on Ireland's creative scene, but even grabbed Hollywood's attention when Kim Kardashian shared her illustrations on social media.

Lisa Jordan

With ten years experience in the beauty industry, Lisa Jordan branched out into the world of fashion, and hasn't looked back.

Boasting tens of thousands of loyal followers online, Lisa's eye for style and passion for fashion is undeniable.

Blaithin Ennis

Within a year of graduating from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Bláithín set up her own award winning and contemporary handmade jewellery label.

Based from her studio in the South east of Ireland, Bláithín creates truly stunning pieces which have taken the industry in this country by storm.

Mike Gibson

A self-taught artist, Mike Gibson's stunning depiction of numerous A-list stars has garnered him an enormous online following.

From Adele and Conor McGregor to Rihanna and Eminem, Mike's illustrations are nothing short of breathtaking.

Louise O’Neill

Once called the 'best YA fiction writer alive today' by The Guardian, Louise O'Neill's name is synonymous with talent, feminism, activism and creativity.

From Only Ever Yours to Asking For It, Louise's impact on the literary scene cannot be overestimated.




Social activist, sportsman, musician or simply sound AF, we asked you ladies to choose the guy who you think has provoked change, made a positive difference or lifted the nation’s spirits over the last 12 months. 

And woah, did you reply in your droves.

Over the course of the last month, thousands of votes poured in for our Man of the Year category, and without further ado, we give you your five finalists.

James Patrice

A native of Malahide, James Patrice has made serious waves across the social media scene over the last 12 months.

After initially starting off as a fashion blogger, James found his forte in the world of Snapchat, and has been entertaining the masses on the regular ever since.

Gavin James

Between his distinctive voice, soulful sound and chart-topping hits, Gavin James is one of the biggest names in the music industry right now.

Whether it's Nervous, Bitter Pill or his version of City of Stars, this singer/ songwriter just keeps knocking it out of the park.

Stephen James Smith

A veritable wordsmith, Stephen James Smith took the nation by storm in recent months with his poem My Ireland.

Reflecting on the various elements that help to comprise and define contemporary Ireland, Stephen tapped into the psyche of a nation and earned thousands of new fans in return.

Jack Reynor

Perhaps best known for his roles in What Richard Did, Sing Street and Free Fire, Jack Reynor's film career shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Talented, charming, and down-to-earth, it's no surprise Jack Reynor made it on your list.

Philly McMahon

Our fifth finalist comes in the form of Dublin GAA player Philly McMahon.

If you think the 29-year-old sport star deserves our coveted Man of the Year accolade, be sure to vote! 




Whether it’s your admiration of their goals, their attitude to health and fitness or your take on their second-to-none squats, nominating for the #FitFam Award was your chance to remind your nominee that they’re absolutely killing it on the health and fitness front in Ireland.

And you guys did not hold back!

Our panel of judges trawled through thousands of very worthy nominees before settling on this incredible shortlist.

And now they need YOU to make the final decision on SHEmazing’s #FitFam Award.

Let’s take a look at the five finalists.

The Food Medic

A junior doctor and qualified personal trainer, Dr Hazel Wallace has educated, inspired and motivated you guys across various realms.

From nutrition to exercise, and everything in between, The Food Medic schools us on food, fitness and how to do it the fun way.

Siobhan O’Hagan

Having switched career paths and overhauled her lifestyle, Siobhan O’ Hagan is perfectly positioned to motivate anyone who thinks a certain lifestyle is out of their reach.

Between motivating the masses and coaching clients, Siobhan gives much of herself, and reminds us that you take one day at a time when it comes to fitness and nutrition goals.

Maeve Madden

With an Instagram full to bursting with posts, snaps and videos which motivate and inspire, it’s no surprise Maeve Madden has made it on to our shortlist.

A personal trainer and pro Irish dancer, Maeve’s impact on the Irish #FitFam scene has been nothing short of incredible.

Sarah Godfrey

From sharing pro tips to keeping her followers updated on her personal health and fitness regime, Sarah Godfrey has amassed a huge following on social media.

If you’ve been inspired by Sarah, now is the time to crown her the winner of the category!

Sian Walton

Our fifth finalist comes in the form of self-confessed gymshark, Sian Walton.

With Instagram followers that number in their tens of thousands, Sian’s dedication to health and fitness has had a massive impact on you guys, so be sure to vote if Sian is your number 1 #FitFammer.

Cell Nutrition is proud sponsor of The SHEmazing Awards 2017 #fitfam Category



We’ve always been a nation of food lovers, but the birth of Instagram has definitely taken it to the next level.

Whether you've drooled over this foodie’s uploads or taken inspiration from their recipes, you decided to pay tribute to their culinary creativity last month, and ultimately landed them in our shortlist!

Thousands of votes poured in from you guys, and we now present to you your five finalists for Foodie of the Year.

Time to get voting, folks!

Roz Purcell

The face behind Natural Born Feeder, Roz Purcell's impact on the health food scene in recent years is undeniable.

Combining delicious meals with guilt-free treats, Roz taps into the nation's desire to learn about food and nutrition without depriving themselves.

The Little Green Spoon

When it comes to mouthwatering recipes, Indy Power has it absolutely nailed.

With an Instagram account just bursting with stunning snaps and a cookbook heaving with delicious recipes, Indy's star is only in ascension.

The Wonky Spatula

Nicola Halloran, the gal behind the uber-popular Wonky Spatula, reminds her followers that healthy eating does not have to be boring.

From fakeways to pancake porn, The Wonky Spatula is a a firm favourite among you guys.

The Healthy Tart

If you're determined to embrace healthy eating, but fear the unknown, The Healthy Tart is alwaya on hand to guide you.

And with photos that pop and recipes that hit the spot, it's no surprise this foodie is in the running.

Derval O’Rourke

This three-time Olympian and bestselling author is our last finalist for Foodie of the Year.

So, if Derval's stunning recipes and snack ideas regularly inspire you, it's time to crown her!





The time has come, ladies!

After you guys spent weeks voting for the biggest and brightest stars in Ireland's fitness, fashion, food, business and beauty worlds, our panel of judges got stuck right in, trawled through thousands upon thousands of votes, and slowly but surely whittled down one pretty impressive shortlist.

But they need your help again.

With 15 categories and five finalists per category, the judges are handing the reins back to you – our SHEmazing! readers – for the final say in the inaugural SHEmazing! Awards, and there's no doubt you guys are up to the challenge.

So, without further ado, here are this year's finalists; it's time to get voting!

Brow /Lash Salon
Up To My Eyes
Elysian Brows
The Brow Artist

Hair Salon
Melo Yelo
The Style Club
Zero One
Dylan Bradshaw
Keville Hair Salons

Nail Salon
Tropical Popical
Beauty Lounge
Fifth Avenue
Edvard & Pink
Polish Nail Spa

Makes Life Easier
Water Wipes Cleansing Wipes
Just Eat App

Pamper Me
ESpa at Powerscourt
The Marker Hotel & Spa
The Well Spa at The Cliff House Hotel
Chill Spa at the Ice House Hotel
Seafield Hotel & Spa

Beauty Product of the Year
The Skin Nerd Cleanse Off mitt
Inglot Gel Liners
Benefit Brow Zings
Urban Decay Complexion Primer Pore Perfecting 
Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess

Foodie of the Year
Roz Purcell
The Little Green Spoon
The Wonky Spatula
The Healthy Tart
Derval O'Rourke

#FitFam Award
Sian Wlaton
The Food Medic
Sobhan O'Hagan
Maeve Madden
Sarah Godfrey

Most Stylish Influencer of the Year
Rosie Connolly
Lauren Arthurs
Sinead Cady
Chloe Boucher


Creative of the Year
Emma Kenny
Lisa Jordan
Blaithin Ennis
Mike Gibson
Louise O'Neill

Food Influencer of the Year
Yummy Dublin
French Foodie in Dublin
The Happy Pear
Gastro Gays

Style Icon of the Year
Courtney Smith
Louise Cooney
Clementine McNeice
Suzanne Jackson
Vogue Williams

Man of the Year
James Patrice
Gavin James
Stephen James Smith
Jack Reynor
Philly McMahon

Social Influencer of the Year
James Kavanagh
Grace Mongey
Cliona Kelly
Joanne Larby
Sarah Hanrahan

Trailblazer of the Year
Pippa O'Connor
Erica Fox
Jane Swarbigg
Marissa Carter
Chupi Sweetman






When it comes to Ireland’s biggest and brightest, you guys know better than anyone who’s making serious strides in their chosen field.

And with nominations having poured in for the inaugural SHEmazing Awards over recent weeks, there is no doubt you are rightfully eager for your chosen nominees to get the recognition they deserve this May.

With that in mind, we knew our panels of judges needed to be incredibly shrewd and extra savvy when it came to our SHEmazing shortlist.

With their fingers on the pulse in terms of social activism, social influencers and the fitness, foodie and fashion worlds, our team of judges have wasted no time getting to grips with your nominees.

So, let’s meet them…

Carolyn Moore: Fashion & Lifestyle journalist for The Irish Examiner

With over a decade in the fashion industry, Carolyn now works as a freelance editor, writer and stylist in addition to lecturing in fashion trends and design development.

Tara O Farrell: Makeup Artist

With experience on both sides of the camera as both a model and a makeup artist, Tara now focuses on make-up artistry for commercials, film & TV, fashion shoots and fashion shows.

Niamh Cullen: Fitness and Lifestyle blogger

The face of Behind The Braids, Niamh's thousands of loyal followers regularly delight in her forays into the worlds of fashion and fitness.

 Doireann Ann Garrihy: Spin 1038 Entertainment Reporter & Snapchat Superstar

Whether she's updating the nation via the airwaves or entertaining the masses on Snapchat, Doireann's sense of humour, nose for a story and knack for impressions are second to none.

Emma O'Farrell: Founder EOF Media and BloggerConf

A graduate of NUI Maynooth, Emma set up her own digital business in 2014, and divides her time between freelance presenting, video production and event management.

Holly Carpenter: Model & Fitness, Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger

A former Miss Ireland, Holly is now one of her generation's leading bloggers in the world of fashion and fitness.

Chef Adrian: Celebrity Chef and author

With a passion for food, Chef Adrian trained in some of Ireland's most renowned restaurants, regularly appears on TV3's the Six O Clock Show, and has written Fake Away – your guide on creating fast foods using easily accessible and healthy ingredients.

Michelle Regazzoli-Stone: Make Up Artist

With over eleven years experience in the industry, Michelle Regazzoli-Stone is one of the most well established make-up artists in Ireland. She specialises in bespoke bridal and media make-up artistry, and regularly sees her work featured in various publications and magazines.

Ellen Kavanagh Jones: CEO and Creator of Waxperts

Owner of the award-winning Waxperts Wax, Ellen has established herself as one of Ireland's most recognisable names in the world of business and beauty.

Elva Carri and Aine Mulloy: Co-founders of GirlCrew

​​​​​​GirlCrew is a global network for women to make new friends, and has more than 80,000 members in 46 locations around the world, including Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston in Texas.

Gillian O'Brien: Consumer Channel Manager for HP 

As the Consumer Channel Manager for HP, Gillian is involved in creating new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society.





These days, we're all storytellers, right?

Whether it's on Snapchat, Twitter or Instagram, we all have something to say or a story to share.

And like everything else in life, some people simply do it better than others.

Whether it's their contribution to the fitfam, foodie or fashion worlds, this country is falling over itself with rising stars, and while we may check out their uploads on the daily, how often do we properly take their efforts into account?

The SHEmazing Awards is seeking to honour the people who have made a serious splash across the realms of fashion, beauty, lifestyle and entertainment in the last 12 months, and we can't do it without your help.

But if you're a little stumped as to the criteria needed to crown your favourite social media personalty, style expert or social activist, check out these top three tips!

Do you check their feeds on the daily?

If you check in on your favourite style queen, fitfammer or foodie as regular as your own mates, it might be time to have your say and vote for them in the appropriate category.

Show them that the time and effort they put into their work is not going unnoticed!

Have you mentioned them to friends?

If you have sent links of their uploads to friends and family, and urged them to follow ASAP, you need to get voting pronto.

And your friends and family do too!

Do they inspire, galvanise or entertain you?

If their uploads regularly engage, fascinate or captivate, they are definitely in the running for one of our highly sought-after gongs in May.

Hop over to our voting page, and make sure that the people who influence and energise you are given a fair crack of the whip at the inaugural SHEmazing Awards!




So, you have a list of people you rate pretty highly in your world, right?

Whether it's social activists, social influencers or social butterflies, you have definitely filled your life with people who inspire and influence you on a daily basis.

And now you have a unique opportunity to pay tribute to those people at the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May!

With 16 categories to choose from, this is your chance to let everyone in on the people who are making a real impact in your life… and the wider world.

With the SHEmazing Awards, you can give more than your favourite person a quick like on social, and actually see them walk away with one of our highly-sought after gongs this summer.

Ladies, it's time to have your say here!



As frivolous as it sounds, fashion means everything to me.

It's not just about buying the latest trends or keeping up with fashion designers; for me, it's about owning who you are and making that known to the world.

It showcases your personality, alludes to your nature and hints at your own idiosyncrasies. It's telling the world who you are without saying a word.


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Since I was young, I always had an eye for the latest trends. I would style my uniform up to stand apart from the other school kids. I cut and sewed my clothes so they would be more 'me'.

The fashion industry faces quite a bit of backlash sometimes. People think it's not important and not something to worry about. But, I worry about it.

Whether it's going to work, a press event, a party or a dinner, I curate outfits in my head for every occasion – sometimes weeks or months in advance.

If I'm not in a good mood, my clothing choices will reflect that. If I want to be a BOSS in work, I dress to make me feel empowered.

And people will call me shallow and materialistic as a result.

I began my career in fashion, working with various stylists in and around Ireland. And some of the first reactions I received when I told people were, 'You? Working in fashion?'

They didn't think it was a real job. They didn't understand what it meant to me to be working with top stylists in the country.

I worked on photoshoots, campaigns, fashion shows and TV shows. I styled regular men and women as well as models and TV presenters. 

And the more I worked, the more I realised what an amazing career it is. 

But as brilliant as it is, it's also hard and takes a lot of effort. You'll be up at the crack of dawn to head to a photoshoot. You'll be on your hands and knees all day, pinning, cutting and taping clothes to make them look perfect.

And while you may be tired and ready for bed, the minute the creative minds of the stylists, photographers, make-up artists and hair stylists come together, you get a rush of total achievement.

Some of my favourite fashionistas in Ireland, like Courtney Smith, Brendan Courtney, Darren Kennedy, Louise Cooney, Louise O'Reilly and Anouska Proette Brandon, worked their asses off to get where they are. 

Whether they're stylists, bloggers or models, it's a tough industry and not something to be dismissed as whimsical or frivolous. 


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For me, fashion means creativity, it means diversity, it means change, it means hard work and it means owning who you are.

It will forever be an expression of each and every individual.


Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote for your favourite style icon, and you can do it right here!



We love awards season, and one of the things we adore the most are the beautiful and decadent gowns.

Over the past number of years, celebs have donned gorgeous dresses, from the out-there glitzy ensembles, to the classic demure looks.

Here are 20 of our favourite award show dresses that we're all still drooling over years later in Shemazing HQ:

Elizabeth Hurley in Versace – Academy Awards 1995

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Sharon Stone in her hubby's shirt and Vera Wang skirt – Academy Awards 1998

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Kate Hudson in Valentino – Golden Globe Awards 2003

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Nicole Kidman in Chanel Couture – Academy Awards 2004

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Reese Witherspoon in Vintage Christian Dior – Academy Awards 2006

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Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive – Academy Awards 2009

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Carey Mulligan in Prada – Academy Awards 2010

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Zoe Saldana in Givenchy Haute Couture – Academy Awards 2010

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January Jones in Versace – Golden Globe Awards 2011

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Mila Kunis in Elie Saab – Academy Awards 2011

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Lucy Liu in Versace – Emmy Awards 2012

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Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace – Academy Awards 2012

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Jennifer Aniston in Valentino Haute Couture – Academy Awards 2013

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Selena Gomez in Atelier Versace – MTV Music Video Awards 2013

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Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren – Golden Globe Awards 2014

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Taylor Swift in Elie Saab – Grammy Awards 2015

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Emilia Clarke in Atelier Versace – Emmy Awards 2016

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Saoirse Ronan in Calvin Klein – Academy Awards 2016

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Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti – Academy Awards 2017

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Emma Stone in Givenchy – Academy Awards 2017

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We love all of these outfits, and soon, we'll be donning our own getups for the inaugural Shemazing! Awards.

If you want to take a look at our 16 categories and check out our judging panel, head over here!

And remember, we need your vote, so have a think of who inspired you the most this year and let us know. We can't wait!



When it comes to acceptance speeches, it doesn't get much more emotional than the Oscars.

Over the course of its 87-year run, the Academy Awards have played host to hundreds upon hundreds of A-list stars, and provided a platform for some of the most memorial speeches of all time.

From tearful tributes to family members (and God, natch) to heartfelt words of thanks, Hollywood's biggest and brightest really know how to hit us right in the feels.

And here are just six of the most emotional…

1. Heath Ledger's family accepting the award on the late actor's behalf.

2. Halle Berry making history as she was the only black woman to have won a Best Actress Academy Award.

3. Anna Paquin's dumbstruck reaction has got to be one of the most endearing in Academy history.

4. Cuba Gooding Jr literally jumping for joy after winning Best Supporting Actor back in 1997.

5. Russell Crowe's heartfelt tribute to the every man struck a chord back in 2001.

6. And then there was the moment Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY got his hands on that little gold man.

Speaking of award shows, have you voted the inaugural SHEmazing Awards yet?!

With 16 categories to consider and oodles of talent to pay tribute to around the country, make sure you let your voice be heard!