And The Winners Are...
You’ve been voting in your thousands for the winners of the inaugural DIVA Awards. Here they are.
Most people celebrate their birthday with a cake, candles and perhaps dinner with friends. But we’re not most people. So when we were contemplating how to mark our landmark 250th issue, we launched the DIVA Awards, a celebration of the individuals making a difference in all walks of life, from sport, politics, music and more. Women who speak up, who are unashamedly themselves, who make life
that little bit easier with blood, sweat and tears or just by being themselves. Women who have graced our pages for the last 23 years, and help make DIVA – and lesbian and bi life – what it is today.
We asked you to nominate the women who have had a positive impact on your life, and you didn’t disappoint, voting in your tens of thousands for your rad role models. The shortlist, released in January, featured 72 of the most inspirational folks from our community, whose list of achievements and accolades could stretch around the planet. Twice.
We couldn’t have possibly whittled it down alone, so you did the hard work for us. Without further ado, here are your winners. Congratulations, everyone! #DIVA250
Entertainment Personality: Rose And Rosie
Rose Dix and Rosie Spaughton are YouTube stars who have amassed a huge following thanks to their entertaining videos and frank discussions of issues including biphobia and anxiety. They’ve worked with the BBC on Radio 1’s Internet Takeover and BBC Three’s Stupid Man, Smart Phone with Russell Kane, and have twice appeared on the cover of DIVA. They won Celebrity Rising Star at the 2016 British LGBT Awards.
International Icon: Lauren Jauregui
A member of girl-group Fifth Harmony, Lauren Jauregui rose to fame on The X Factor USA, where the band was formed. After finishing in third place on the show, they signed a joint record deal with Syco Music, owned by Simon Cowell, and Epic Records, LA Reid’s label. Lauren has seen much success with the group, winning a VMA and multiple chart successes. She came out as bisexual in an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump’s voters, published by Billboard magazine in November 2016.
Hall Of Fame: Jane Czyzselska, DIVA editor 2004-2017
It’s hard to think of a more deserving first entry into our Hall of Fame than Jane Czyselska, DIVA’s longest-standing editor and the woman who has made the magazine what it is today. Writing for DIVA since its early years, she became editor in 2004, and under her principled leadership, the magazine has grown to become the leading voice for lesbian, bisexual, queer and trans women across the UK and Europe.
In her 13-year tenure, Jane worked day and night to raise the profile, status and self-worth of lesbians and bi women, and put the issues affecting our lives firmly in the public eye. She became a journalist, she says, because she didn’t see her voice reflected in newspapers and magazines and it was her desire to bring marginalised voices to the fore that has made her one of the most respected names in our community and in journalism. Jane has made a lasting difference to lez/bi culture and the wider LGBT community, and her tireless work has earned her a much-deserved place on the Independent’s Rainbow List, the World Pride Power List, and more.
You can read the rest of this article in the April 2017 issue of DIVA, available to buy here.