What Went Down at the Influencer Awards in Monaco This Year?

Earlier this month, over 600 invitees attended the Influencer Awards Monaco 2019 Gala Dinner, where influencers from around the world were welcomed and recognized for their dedication and influential qualities in a number of categories including; Fashion, Beauty, Fitness, Food, Travel, Philanthropy, Photography, Lifestyle and more. The glamorous event took place at Monte Carlo’s infamous “La Salle des Etoiles,” and was an invitation only, black tie event.

Sponsored by APM Monaco, the Influencer Awards Monaco is now in its second year, as it first launched last year with an objective to highlight the best influencers on an international scale. The concept was conceived and created by Belgian entrepreneur, Lolita Abraham and on this year’s jury panel, she welcomed, Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, as well as the likes of Mickey Boardman, British fashion designer Julien MacDonald, and author of popular bestseller, “The Kim Kardashian Principle,” Jeetendr Sehdev.

The Influencer Awards Monaco has amassed over 81 million views on social media and 7 million interactions since it’s inauguration, and that number continues to grow. Lolita Abraham had been born into the fashion industry and grew up surrounded by successful and inspirational entrepreneurs. Taking that influence, she created new shopping experiences for concept stores throughout Asia via her visual intelligence agency in Monaco, Monacolab.mc alongside her partner, influencer, PR Agent and Entrepreneur Maureen Kragt.

One of the most highly anticipated awards was “2019 Influencer of the Year,” and it happened to be awarded to Jonathan Kubben Quiñonez of @momimfine. The influencer and entrepreneur, uses social media and his platform to spread messages of compassion, positivity, and love. Jonathan also aims to raise awareness about living in a socially and environmentally conscious way, and uses his sustainable, fair trade brand, “MOM I’M FINE – THE LABEL,” to raise money for the Mom I’m Fine Foundation to build a community center in Mexico from recycled plastics for children. His vision for the community center will focus on educating children on education, arts, sports, culture and environmental issues.

Beauty and fashion were the categories that also gained a lot of traction and the Beauty Influencer of the Year Award was won by New York based hair artist, Jennifer Yepez. Her forte is to craft dramatic and adventurous hair styles and is often employed by celebrity clients who want to turn heads at red carpet events, some of which include Victoria’s Secret model, Emily Ratajkowski, Sophia Vergara, Jennifer Lopez star of “Euphoria,” Zendaya. Yepez’s work can be found across a number of publications and brand campaigns such as Vogue, NARS and CELINE.

The Fashion Influencer of the Year Award went to Erica Pelosini Leeman, an extroverted Italian stylist, editor and creative director who is recognized for her bed-head hairstyle and couture wardrobe. She is idolized for her head turning style and perfectly posed social media pictures.

The list of the winners for each of the other 12 categories looks like this:

Lifestyle Jetsetter: @hofitgolanofficial

Globtrotter: @rsimacourbe

Trendsetter: @majamalnar

Luxury Lifestyle: @supercarblondie

Entrepreneur: @neelofa

Food: @_big_will_

Fitness & Wellness: @chrisheria

Entertainment: @Leaelui

Visual Arts: @tonykellyworld

Travel: @Jacob

Philantrophy: @cacausitruk

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