Stars celebrate inspiring women

Ronnie Wood pictured with his wife Sally

Ronnie Wood pictured with his wife Sally

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Stars were out in force tonight at a glitzy showbiz awards bash to celebrate Britain's inspiring women.

Rock legend Ronnie Wood, 67, and his wife Sally, 36, and Anne-Marie Duff, who starred in the television show Shameless, were among the celebrities to hit the red carpet for the Red Women of the Year awards.

They were joined by Radio DJ Edith Bowman, 40, who stood out by wearing a white jump-suit teamed with emerald green strappy heels and a black handbag for the ceremony.

Actress Sadie Frost, 49, and flame-haired fashion model Olivia Inge were also among the guests at the annual show, held at the Ham Yard Hotel in London's trendy Soho.

Red magazine has joined forces with make-up brand Clinique to throw the awards ceremony, which recognises the achievements of women across all walks of life.

Women who have campaigned against female genital mutilation (FGM), battled sexism, and changed the way people think about food were among those who picked up awards.

Food lover Ella Woodward, who started a website on healthy eating as a way of coping with her debilitating digestive disorder and now dishes out advice to the nation, was named blogger of the year.

The charity award went to Leyla Hussein and Nimco Ali, who co-founded the influential anti-FGM Daughters of Eve charity - taking a once-taboo topic to the top of the news agenda.

Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, received the Smart Woman award in association with Clinique for her role in giving women around the world a voice in the fight against sexism.

The coveted women-to-watch award, for inspiring women under 30 years of age, was shared by Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney, science pioneer and founder of Stemettes Anne-Marie Imafidon, and feminist blogger Laurie Penny.

The prestigious style award was given to Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, who was honoured for her work in making London Fashion Week a must-see, rivalling its counterparts in Paris, New York and Milan.

Woman's Hour editor Alice Feinstein, Masterchef winner and co-founder of Wahaca Thomasina Miers, and dementia researcher Dr Selina Wray also picked up awards.

DJ and singer Lauren Laverne handed out the gongs at the champagne reception.

Sarah Bailey, editor-in-chief of Red, said: "We are thrilled to be celebrating the achievements of some the country's most inspiring working women.

"This year's Red Women of the Year Awards, in association with Clinique, have recognised some truly amazing women and I congratulate everyone on their success."

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