And the maven46 Winners of 2016 are…

Find out who we think made their mark in 2016

Words by Nicole Thomsen
December 30th, 2016

Christine and the Queens / Music

At just 28, Héloïse Letissier is Christine and the Queens, the alter ego that was the most exciting and truly dynamic performer to hit the international music scene in 2016. Already a household name in France, this year marked her move to international stardom.

Key achievements this year? A widely acclaimed performance at Glastonbury, breaking the American market and a front page cover of TIME magazine to name a few.
-Leona, Director of Publicity and Partnerships

Maria Grazia Chiuri / Fashion

After being appointed Artistic Director at Dior in July, Maria Grazia Chiuri is the first woman to head the brand which has been notably male-dominated since its launch in 1946 when it was helmed by founder Christian Dior until his death in 1957. For her debut, Grazia Chiuri emblazoned t-shirts with feminist slogans such as ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ a nod to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book of the same name. It appears this statement was the designer’s way of embracing the feminist symbolism of her appointment as the first female artistic director at the fashion house.
-Síomha, Editorial Assistant

Peter Lindbergh / Photography

The recently launched Pirelli calendar was significant this year. Acclaimed photographer Peter Lindbergh made a bold step in challenging the outdated view that beauty stems from youth. Amongst the A-list line-up was Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren and Julianne Moore. But what really made it a talking point was that none of these leading ladies wore makeup. And the results were outstanding. Edgy, real yet inherently beautiful, this was a brave move by all involved. The age of ageless beauty has arrived and it’s about time.
-Leona, Director of Publicity and Partnerships

Sharon Horgan / TV

Sharon Horgan, as far as I’m concerned, is the dog’s boll***s. As a late comer to the magnificent Catastrosphe, I’m completely hooked and sold not only on the show itself due to its insanely realistic and on-point dialogue but also the characters. And it appears I’m not the only one enamoured; the US took note and Sharon was hired to create the small screen return of Sarah Jessica Parker in the far darker but equally endearing Divorce. Based on a couple going through the motions of separation but told in only the way Sharon Horgan can tell a story – with style, unmistakable Irish wit and social commentary. We may be a small nation, but we sure are a talented one.
-Tanya, Editor

Alicia Keys / Beauty

2016 saw a stark change in the beauty world and what it meant to be beautiful. Turning her back on the highly contoured and glamorous looks of Hollywood was Alicia Keys who decided to embrace natural beauty. The singer made a statement earlier in the year and has continued to do so both on and off the red carpet by wearing no makeup and we found it utterly refreshing.
-Emma, Editorial Assistant

Demna Gvasalia / Design

While his name doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, the brand that Demna Gvasalia heads up is certainly more prominent. As head designer of arguably the most impactful brand of late, Vetements, Gvasalia has enjoyed raucous success in the fashion industry this year with no doubt in the mind that this is only the beginning for the Georgian designer. His anointment as artistic director of Balenciaga at the end of 2015 is testament to his fresh and unique approach to design.
-Nicole, Senior Editorial Assistant

Stripe / Industry

Irish founders and brothers Patrick and John Collison have had a very good year. The tech start-up, Stripe that created a simple API allowing all businesses to accept payments digitally is officially taking over the tech world having recently raised its valuation to $9 billion after raising another $150 million in their newest funding round. Their journey has been nothing short of inspirational and motivating and it seems that Stripe is fast on its way to becoming of the biggest success stories of the 21st century.
-Tanya, Editor

Simone Biles / Sport

This inspiring 19-year-old champion gymnast has won 10 world championship gold medals and five medals (four gold one bronze) at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this year, making her the most decorated American gymnast. It appears that Biles’ young age has no impact on her powerful performance and immense talent. We wonder how she can possibly top this year.
-Síomha, Editorial Assistant

Activism / Politics

2016 was a year that shook us up. What was previously inconceivable became a reality. As we approach another year, what is certain is that we are facing an uncertain world where even news has to be deciphered; real or fake? A world with an ‘us versus them’ mentality which is challenging the very notion of humanity.

A world with an ‘us versus them’ mentality which is challenging the very notion of humanity.

However, amongst the bleakness comes some light. There has been a slow burner of people wanting to take back some control, for their voices to be heard so they can play a small part in shaping their world and it was 2016 that has brought about a new breed of activism (whether good or bad in the case of Trump) and we at maven46 wholeheartedly welcome this development. Let’s all hope that 2017 sees activism put to good use and for sense and humanity to prevail.
-Leona, Director of Publicity and Partnerships


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