Georgia Fowler announced as special guest of the 2019 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival

Hot off the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) catwalk and straight to Caulfield Racecourse, celebrated international model Georgia Fowler is set to add a touch of glamour as she attends the 2019 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day on Saturday 19 October.

A special guest of the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC), the 27-year-old, New Zealand-born model rounds out the impressive line-up of celebrities making an appearance trackside this spring to take part in the New York City inspired festivities.


Having grown up between New Zealand and Australia, Georgia worked locally as a model before signing with IMG Models at 16 and making the career-defining move to the Big Apple. Now calling New York City home, she has swiftly become one of the world’s most sought-after fashion faces and is listed as one of the top earning models of 2018.

Georgia has graced the runway of the Victoria Secret Fashion Show for three consecutive years and worked for high profile fashion and beauty brands including Miu Miu, H&M and Prada as well as strutted her stuff for Chanel and Kanye West’s Yeezy label – travelling all corners of the globe.

With a professional golfer as a father, Georgia’s love of sport is in her blood. She is sure to make herself at home at Caulfield this spring where she will enjoy world-class racing including the Group 1, $5.15m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup, as well as the finest food, entertainment and trackside fashion.

Returning to Australian shores, Georgia is looking forward to experiencing one of Melbourne’s acclaimed sporting events and discovering how her home city of New York is translated trackside.

“I’m excited to be attending Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day and seeing how Caulfield Racecourse will be brought to life like New York City. I love calling New York my home now, and I’m happy to be bringing a touch of the city with me to Melbourne,” said Fowler.

“I’ve always loved Melbourne and what is has to offer, its food, fashion and general vibe, and I’m looking forward to experiencing the fusion of this with New York at the Carnival”.

Peta Webster, Chief Commercial Officer at the Melbourne Racing Club shared the Club’s delight in having Georgia attend this year’s Carnival.

“Georgia is a charming character that has built a highly successful career in the fashion industry from a young age. We would love to call her our own but we’re truly excited to welcome her to Australia and to Caulfield to join in the celebration of New York City. We expect she’ll bring a sense of impeccable style and fun to Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day,” said Webster.

Georgia joins a star-studded list of MRC special guests for this year’s Carnival including US-based musician and son of Actor Daniel Day Lewis, Gabriel-Kane Day Lewis, and power couple Jobe Watson and Virginia Slaghekke.

New Yorkers at heart, Georgia, Gabriel-Kane, Jobe and Virginia will share their love of the Big Apple trackside at Caulfield this year, taking part in the Carnival’s reimagination of New York City.

Source: Melbourne Racing Club

Academy Award winner Geena Davis joins the Power of Inclusion Summit

Academy Award® winner Geena Davis has joined the ground breaking The Power of Inclusion summit. Davis will speak alongside over 35 international and local history makers from the entertainment industry and beyond, at this pivotal event in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand on 3 and 4 October 2019. The summit will present a two day programme on pertinent issues in the inclusion and representation space in entertainment.

Known for her vast acting roles including the iconic Academy Award® winning film Thelma & Louise, Davis is a longstanding advocate for gender parity in the entertainment and media industry. In 2004, stunned by the lack of female representation on screen as well as negative stereotypes perpetuated therein, Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University with the mantra, ‘if she can see it, she can be it.’

A powerhouse organisation, the Institute’s ground breaking research and guidance has prompted significant change in onscreen portrayals at major networks, studios, advertisers, production companies, guilds and agencies. It was recently announced that Davis will be the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the upcoming 2020 Academy Awards®.

New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) CEO Annabelle Sheehan said “It is such an honour to welcome Geena Davis to The Power of Inclusion summit. Her body of work and her activism are an inspiration. The Power of Inclusion hosts a ground breaking line up of entertainment sector speakers, of a depth and breadth not seen before in New Zealand and Australasia. The siren call of the conference has attracted speakers from across the global screen industry and in New Zealand, whose activism and production work are inextricably linked to the core issues of diversity and inclusion. As an industry we have a responsibility to empower, to amplify and to focus on equity in front of and behind the camera.”


Source: Power Of Inclusion

Taylor Swift headlines the Melbourne Cup Carnival

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has announced ten-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, record-breaking global superstar Taylor Swift will perform at Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 5 November, 2019.

The American singer-songwriter will sing two of her latest hits in the Mounting Yard ahead of ‘the race that stops a nation’™ at Flemington Racecourse (Melbourne, Australia).

It will be Taylor’s only public appearance in Australia following the release of her critically-loved smash seventh studio album Lover.

Lover is Australia’s highest selling album for 2019 and achieved the highest week one sales in Australia since the release of Taylor’s previous album Reputation in 2017.

Lover delivered the year’s biggest first-week US sales in just one day and has generated over 1 billion streams in Australia alone.

VRC Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said the Club was thrilled to welcome Taylor Swift to Flemington for Cup Day.

“Lexus Melbourne Cup Day is the most celebrated day on Australia’s major event calendar and with a reach of 1 billion people globally, it’s only fitting the VRC welcomes the world’s most celebrated star for the event,” Mr Wilson said.

“To think you can come to Flemington and watch not only the race that stops a nation but see one of the world’s biggest, if not the biggest, entertainer perform for the cost of a general admission ticket is phenomenal. We look forward to welcoming Taylor Swift to our wonderful event in just under 54 days.”

The 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival begins with AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 2 November, followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 5 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 7 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday 9 November.

Source: Victoria Racing Club

Dame Edna - My gorgeous life tour - commences next week!

The grand dame of world theatre, Dame Edna Everage, has been forced out of retirement by the demands of her adoring “Precious Possums”, announcing a surprise tour of Australia in September and October.

The tour commences in Canberra next Tuesday 17 September and then travels to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Geelong, Newcastle, Melbourne and Perth.

Tickets to Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life national tour are on sale now, check for all details.

In a letter to her fans, Dame Edna apologised for upsetting them when she announced her retirement from public life, blaming her manager, “failed actor and attention seeker” Barry Humphries.

“One of the reasons I am adored pretty much worldwide is that I’ve always told you the truth; mostly the truth about yourselves, and even sometimes about me,” Dame Edna said.

“However this is an apology. It’s an apology for once telling you a wicked fib: a porkie, a cruel deceitful lie. I told you I had retired. That was a few years ago and when my announcement got around the globe a lot of people ‘freaked out’ to employ a phrase I never use. Some people actually lost the will to live. Some even self-harmed!”

While every star had to make allowances for minor acts of embezzlement, she said, Humphries had his hand in the till up to his armpit.

“My new team of advisors said I should close down all my companies, even my charitable foundation Friends of the Prostate, and re-start my career on a clean page,” Dame Edna said.

“That’s what I’m doing. That explains my so-called ‘retirement’ and withdrawal from public life. Now I’m reborn, fit as a fiddle, and rid of the leech who tormented me for so long. So, Possums, please do come and say hello to me. It would be lovely to see your faces again.”

Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG DAINTY, said he was delighted to welcome the reborn Dame Edna as she opened a new chapter with Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life.

Since she first appeared on stage as purple-rinsed Melbourne housewife Mrs Edna Everage, Dame Edna has toured Europe, the US and the Middle East, picking up a Tony Award for the 2000 Broadway production Dame Edna, The Royal Tour and a Tony nomination in 2004 for Back with a Vengeance.

“Dame Edna Everage is a great Australian export, an iconic performer, artist and star of stage and screen,” Mr Dainty said. “She has toured the world since the mid 1950s and we are delighted she has emerged from retirement so we can welcome her home again.”

Source: Teg Dainty

The Australian Women's Weekly Women of the Future Awards 2019

The Australian Women’s Weekly and AGL Energy has hosted the 7th annual Women of the Future​ (WoTF) awards ceremony at Bennelong, Sydney Opera House​.

The prestigious event, which celebrates some of the country’s most extraordinary young women who are making a difference, featured a topical and thought-provoking panel discussion between; Australian Banking Association chief executive officer, The Honourable Anna Bligh, TV and radio personality Amanda Keller, journalist Annabel Crabb, and the City of Sydney Councillor and former MP for Wentworth Dr Kerryn Phelps, hosted by emcee Virginia Trioli.

The panel particularly highlighted the current controversy around women’s reproductive rights hotly playing out in Australia. Anna Bligh shared her admiration for NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s “courage in taking this issue on.” She spoke of the shock she felt when she heard “a male journalist harangue the Premier about her personal reproductive history” – shocked by “the level of disrespect to her and to women in general…That’s when you know you’ve got a long way to go.”

Kerryn Phelps spoke of her experience as a General Practitioner. “As a GP, I have to work with women and their belief systems without judgement. The political system should also reflect that. This should be a health issue between a doctor and a woman. Politicians and the criminal justice system need to get out of the way.”

The panel also spoke about imposter syndrome and surviving and thriving through failure. “All too often, women pay a higher price for failure,” Anna Bligh said.

The ​Australian Women’s Weekly AGL WoTF patron, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce, announced her retirement as Patron this year, following seven years of service to Women of the Future. Dame Quentin passed the Patron baton to long-time friend Elizabeth Broderick AO who will take up service from 2020. Our longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner and United Nations Special Rapporteur, her review into the treatment of women in the Australian Defence Force led to widespread cultural reform. Elizabeth is one of the most inspiring champions of women in the country and ​The Australian Women’s Weekly and AGL are proud to welcome her on board.

Dame Quentin and Elizabeth Broderick took to the stage for an inspiring Q&A with Virginia Trioli. Dame Quentin spoke of her years as patron. “My engagement with young women,” she said, “is right at the centre of my heart.” Elizabeth Broderick spoke of her enthusiasm for her new role. “We live in challenging times,” she said. “You could almost say we live in dangerous times. But I am determined to ensure that when this period of pushback against women’s rights ends – and it will end – we will have a strong foundation to make sure the future is one where men and women will be able to equally thrive.”

The ​Australian Women’s Weekly ​AGL WoTF initiative is a key component of ​The Weekly’s long-standing commitment to support and promote the female leaders of tomorrow. Nominees are entered across three unique categories: ​Innovation and ​Technology​, Entrepreneur and Business,​ and ​Community, Health and Charity, with the winner of each category receiving $35,000 and a full-page advertisement in ​The Australian Women’s Weekly​ to help further their causes.

18-year-old Macinley Butson took home the ​Innovation and Technology award, thanks to her revolutionary invention SMART Armour that reduces the amount of radiation breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy absorb in their non-cancer-affected breast. Since devising the intricate shield three years ago, Macinley’s SMART Armour has been patented and approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Little Dreamers founder, Melbourne’s Madeleine Buchner​, won the judges’ hearts and the Community Health and Charity ​award. After growing up caring for her younger brother and mother, she was spurred to launch Little Dreamers Australia, the country’s only non-profit organisation supporting young carers.

 Young fashion designer and innovator, Courtney Holm, was the winner of the ​Entrepreneur and Business c​ategory. Courtney is tackling waste in fashion through her label, A.BCH, sourcing raw materials from ethical suppliers and educating customers on how to be responsible for their garments. Her recent collection, presented at Helsinki Fashion Week, was entirely circular, generating zero waste.

This year’s particularly tight field of finalists was judged by a panel of Australia’s most influential women – ABC Chair Ita Buttrose, TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson, writer, director, actress and former WoTF winner Genevieve Clay-Smith, OZHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn, ​The Australian Women’s Weekly’s Editor-in-Chief Nicole Byers, and Lisa Harrington, AGL Executive General Manager – Stakeholder Relations.

“We’ve been delighted to collaborate with the wonderful team at ​The Australian Women’s Weekly ​for another year, on their prestigious program, Women of the Future,” says AGL Chief Customer Officer, Christine Corbett. “By recognising the entrepreneurial spirit of young Australian women, these awards provide more opportunities for the next generation of innovators and disruptors –- progress we can all benefit from.”

Editor-in-Chief Nicole Byers is proud of the 2019 WoTF campaign, saying: “The calibre of award entries continues to blow us away. The 2019 finalists have a special combination of creativity, innovation and smarts and while they’ve already achieved success in their respective fields, there is a sense that they’re only just getting started which is truly exciting.

“I’d like to sincerely thank AGL, our patron and the award judges, panellists and of course, the finalists, for allowing ​The Weekly to keep telling the stories of Australian women. We look forward to continuing to uncover and reward young women who will shape the future of Australia.”

Helping to celebrate one of the closest-run competition in the award’s history were many of Australia’s most interesting and influential women, including Kate Ritchie, Tracey Spicer, Maggie Beer, Leila McKinnon, Christine Forster, Wendy Harmer, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Deborah Hutton, Wendy Whiteley, Michelle Bridges and Sarah Harris.

The October issue of ​The Australian Women’s Weekly​, featuring the AGL Women of the Future Awards winners is now on sale. ​#womenofthefuture19

Source: Womens Weekly Women of The Future