07 March 2022
By Kristen Daly
Women supporting other women? We don’t need a date to do it! But each year in March, International Women’s Day gives us gals the perfect opportunity to get together, uplift one another and look to the future of facing and breaking gender bias.
This #IWD2022, Showpo CEO and Founder Jane Lu gathered a group of incredible women for a long lunch at Sydney venue Mimi’s. These ladies - including our own inspiring leader Jane! - bring us joy with their passion, drive, resilience, creativity and desire to give back.
Across fields close to our hearts including fashion, beauty, social media and more, their work as entrepreneurs, leaders and influential public figures is truly badass. Without further ado, see our stylish lunch lineup and just a few reasons why these women rule.
PSA: Millie Ford deserves an award for helping us get through the covid lockdowns, seriously. After quitting her social media and marketing job to focus on TikTok, Millie has gained 1.3 million followers (and counting!) on the platform with her hilarious and too-real impressions of Aussie mums, teachers, retail workers and more.
Millie is pictured wearing Showpo’s Beca Plisse Button Up Shirt in Cream and Beca Plisse Flared Pants in Cream.
Back in London in 2012, a struggle to find fashionable yoga pants turned out to be life-changing for Julie Stevanja. She took the plunge and left her job in tech to start a premium activewear business with her sister Sali, and Stylerunner was born. Also the co-founder of shopping app Her Black Book, Julie is an Aussie entrepreneurial icon we’re endlessly inspired by.
Julie is pictured wearing Showpo’s Beca Plisse Button Up Shirt in Blue and Beca Plisse Flared Pants in Blue.
Previously a writer and editor for publications including Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar and InStyle, Eleanor Pendleton now heads up Gritty Pretty, a website and digital magazine dedicated to beauty news, trends and more. She’s a prolific tastemaker in the world of beauty and her Insta feed? Total goals.
Eleanor is pictured wearing Showpo’s Amalie The Label - Aileen Linen Balloon Sleeve Cut Out Mini Dress in Sage.
As a podcaster, radio host, influencer, reality TV celeb, and Founder and Creative Director of the jewellery brand ToniMay, Laura Byrne is a true multi-hyphenate. Beyond the titles though, we love Laura’s natural charm as a storyteller - as regularly showcased on her hilarious Instagram.
Laura is pictured wearing Showpo’s Amalie The Label - Allegra Linen Blazer in Sage and Amalie The Label - Branwen Linen Tailored Shorts in Sage.
Along with fellow Bachie finalist Laura Byrne, Brittany hosts Life Uncut, an award-winning podcast about dating, relationships and life. She’s also a radio host, actor and absolute babe whose winning smile and personality lights up our feeds on the regular.
Brittany is pictured wearing Showpo’s Randene High Neck Knit Midi Dress in Sunshine.
At just 21, Gen George founded OneShift, a multimillion-dollar online platform that connects job seekers to employers. A business powerhouse, Gen is also a strong believer in the power of online communities. Alongside Jane she co-founded Like Minded Bitches Drinking Wine, a Facebook group designed to bring together women with entrepreneurial interests.
Gen is pictured wearing Showpo’s Waiting So Long Dress in Pink Floral.
Formerly Cosmopolitan's Beauty Director, then Head of Lifestyle at HuffPost Australia and now Executive Editor at Mamamia, Leigh Campbell is a leading voice in Australian beauty and lifestyle journalism. She also hosts two podcasts, You Beauty and This Glorious Mess. We always have time for her views on beauty, motherhood or any other topic she expertly takes on.
Leigh is pictured wearing Showpo’s Beca Plisse Button Up Shirt in Olive and Beca Plisse Flared Pants in Olive.
Speaking of women juggling multiple hustles, and doing it oh so stylishly - former corporate lawyer turned fashion entrepreneur Alyce Tran comes to mind! After co-founding cult accessories label The Daily Edited, Alyce is now in the business of transforming dining tables via her homewares brand In The Roundhouse and also works as a marketing strategist for LikeToKnowIt.
Alyce is pictured wearing Showpo’s Amalie The Label - Allegra Linen Blazer in Sage and Amalie The Label - Branwen Linen Tailored Shorts in Sage.
Trust, Natalie Anne and her team WILL turn your tangled, lacklustre mane into soft and glowing goddess locks. This award-winning celebrity stylist, educator and salon owner knows hair - and also has a knack for sharing her expertise over social media, with over 1.5 million followers across Facebook and Instagram.
Natalie is pictured wearing Showpo’s Amalie The Label - Azariah Balloon Sleeve Button Up Shirt in Iris Floral.
Finally, a moment for our fabulous lunch host, Showpo CEO Jane Lu! In 2010, Jane left her job as an accountant to take a chance on Showpo, then just a small garage start-up. Now shipping to more than 120 countries, with an empire of over 140 team members and three million followers across all social media platforms, Showpo is a global fashion destination - and Jane an inspiration to female entrepreneurs around the world.
Jane is pictured wearing Showpo’s Navine Two Piece Skirt Set with Pockets in White and the Novo - Zafu Heels in Green.
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