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Women to Watch in 2012

Women to Watch in 2012

Lana Del Rey

Mostly it’s about The Voice. She’s got it, no doubt, but The Look is just as Powerful, with Del Rey’s retro femme fatale style counter-pointing a lot of today’s female musicians. Originally out of New York, this 25-year-old is no Lady Gaga but might be just as manufactured, having had her stage name chosen by a gaggle of record label managers and lawyers, “Who,” she said, “wanted a name that they thought better fit the sound of the music.” So long, Lizzie Grant, and hello Lana. But who’s to say they were wrong? YouTube her song Blue Jeans to see what all the fuss is about.

Sam Stosur

Loyal supporters of Sam Stosur weathered a rough and very long storm before the tennis champ broke her run of high pressure losses to win her maiden grand slam at the 2011 US Open. But it was worth the wait when Sammy cruised home in style, beating Serena Williams in straight sets to become Australia’s first female Grand Slam champion since Evonne Goolagong Cawley at Wimbledon in 1980. How Sam fares in the 2012 Grand Slam calendar remains to be seen, but wouldn’t it be brilliant if she could go one better than Alicia Molik, who won Australia’s first, and only, individual Olympic tennis medal (bronze) at Athens in 2004? Roll on the London games.

Jodie Fox

Jodie Fox wanted shoes, needed shoes and just had to have shoes, so she created Shoes of Prey – a website that invites you to play designer and bring your shoe fantasies to life. Launched in October 2009, Shoes of Prey allows women to pick and choose the heel, toe, fabric, colour, leather and embellishments, and have their shoes made to order. Fox has taken her fashion and marketing background and fused it with her shoe fetish to create one seriously successful company. With the website recently undergoing an update that allows you to now design in 3D, we’re predicting 2012 will be a big year for Jodie.

Sally Pearson

We don’t know what it is about the Gold Coast, but Queenslanders Sam Stosur and Sally Pearson will have you believing there’s something in the surf that makes this part of the world churn out the champs. Our hearts went out to Sally after she stumbled and fell at a race meet in Brussels. But never one to let a few, um, hurdles get in her way, Sal went on to 2011 World Championship glory in the 100m, just 0.07 seconds outside the fastest time ever for a female. With seven out of 11 of the fastest times for the year, she was later recognised officially as the best female athlete in the world. The 25-year-old will have the chance to race in front of a home crowd at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, but before then she has her sights firmly set on a gold medal (and a world record, according to her coach) at the 2012 London Olympics.

Cate Blanchett

You know her as an Oscar winner, an Aussie actress who hit the Hollywood big-time with Elizabeth, but Cate is becoming increasingly known for her work closer to home. Her environmental interests led to her becoming an ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation, working to persuade fellow Australians to express their concerns about climate change. She lives in Sydney with husband Andrew Upton and their three children, where she is also an artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company. In 2012, keep an eye out for Cate’s reprisal of her role as elf queen Galadriel in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Chelsea Roffey

The song It’s a Man’s World could have been written about the muscle-bound Australian Football League, yet there, among the beefcakes, stands Chelsea Roffey, the league’s only female goal umpire at the most senior level. Chelsea has been waving the flags at league level since 2004, and moved to Melbourne in 2008. Her success has led to her being reserve goal umpire for the past two AFL Grand Finals, and we’re tipping that in 2012, she’ll go one better and create history as the first female to umpire the premiership decider. But, then again, we might be biased. You see, Chelsea’s other job, when not watching footballs fly through big white sticks, is Editor of our all-new Fernwood magazine, hitting your gym in March, about the same time the 2012 AFL season begins. Chelsea has years of media experience and is a talented, energetic editor. We’re pumped that she’s in charge of Fernwood’s revamped mag and can’t wait to see the first issue.