When it comes to women who inspire others around the world, there are many – and the number just grows each day.
Which is why it must have been a difficult job for Harper’s Bazaar Australia to round up just some of the women who have made 2017.
Here, FEMAIL takes a look at the ladies who made the cut, from a morning TV host to the creators of a cult coffee scrub beloved by millions.
Samantha Armytage (pictured) won one of Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year – she has worked on Sunrise for four years as co-host (pictured wearing Victoria Beckham)
THE VOICE: SAMANTHA ARMYTAGE – CO-HOST, SUNRISE
As the face – and voice – that millions of people across Australia wake up to each morning, Samantha Armytage is kicking career goals – and then some.
Photographed by legendary photographer, Steven Chee, for the issue, and styled by Caroline Tran, Sam won the award for The Voice.
This was in part thanks to her dedication to her job and her tenacity in rising to the top – she has been at Sunrise for four years.
Wearing Victoria Beckham and Cartier jewels, the 41-year-old looked elegant and chic.
The daughter of former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, Katherine Keating (pictured), won the award for Inspirer of the Year – she wants to engage the millenial generation with media
THE INSPIRER: KATHERINE KEATING – PUBLISHER, VICE IMPACT
As someone who wants to be on the front line of change for women, publisher, Katherine Keating, is an inspiration to many in Australia.
The daughter of former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, she was once a policy adviser for the NSW Government – before she moved to New York in 2010 with a mission to pursue social-impact media to engage the young millennial generation.
Katherine won the award for The Inspirer – she was Darren McDonald, and styled by Laurent Davis.
THE EMPOWER: EBONY EAGLE – FOUNDER OF AUGUSTE THE LABEL
Ebony Eagle, the founder of Auguste the Label, was photographed by Steven Chee and styled by Caroline Tran for her award of The Empower.
As the brains behind the beautifully feminine Byron Bay-based label, Auguste, she is notable partly because she donates a percentage of annual sales to environmental causes.
Since launching in 2014, the brand has grown into a multi-million-dollar business.
Jess Hatzis and Bree Johnson turned a $5,000 coffee-scrub startup into a beauty brand adored around the world – the Frank Body founders (pictured) won the award for Future Moguls
THE FUTURE MOGULS: JESS HATZIS & BREE JOHNSON, CO-FOUNDERS OF FRANK BODY
The story of the Frank Body coffee scrub is legendary in Australia.
Jess Hatzis and Bree Johnson turned a $5,000 coffee-scrub startup into a beauty brand adored around the world.
Photographed by Steven Chee and styled by Caroline Tran, the women are trailblazers in their industry, using Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook to turn their business into a global brand.
Models, Duckie Thot and Adut Akech, won the award for The Goddesses (both pictured) – both feature in the 2018 Pirelli Calendar
THE GODDESSES: DUCKIE THOT & ADUT AKECH, MODELS
Models, Duckie Thot and Adut Akech, won the award for The Goddesses.
As a hugely successful model and agent of change, Duckie Thot got her first big break in Australia’s Next Top Model, before she later walked in shows during New York Fashion Week and appeared in the 2018 Pirelli Calendar with Adut Akech.
The December 2017 edition of Harper’s Bazaar is out now (pictured)
Adut Akech walked in her first Paris Fashion Week last year, and she recently closed the Saint Laurent S/S 2018 show.
The women were photographed by Darren McDonald, and styled by Laurent Davis.
THE ARTIST: DEL KATHRYN BARTON, VISUAL ARTIST
As a two-time Archibald Prize winner, Del Kathyrn Barton shows an honest depiction of women’s sexuality through her paintings and films.
For the Harper’s shoot, she was photographed by Steven Chee, and styled by Caroline Tran.
THE ACTIVIST: SALLY RUGG, GETUP! MARRIAGE EQUALITY DIRECTOR
At 29, Sally Rugg is an LGBTIQ activist and the organising force behind the push for same-sex marriage and the ‘Yes’ campaign in Australia, which today won the majority of the vote.
She has spent the last four and a half years on the campaign.
Sally was shot by Steven Chee, and styled by Caroline Tran.
Courtesy of the December 2017 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Australia, on sale now.