Girl(s) you need to know: your Influencer Awards Business finalists

By now you know all about the Miss FQ Colgate Optic White Influencer Awards and while voting has closed the VIP party on October 4th where we’ll reveal the amazing winners is just around the corner! But before then, we want to introduce the top Kiwi bloggers, vloggers and ’grammers killing it online as chosen by you! Here are your favourite influencers in the Business category:

Megan Hutchison | @shesaidyes

There’s influencers and biz influencers and then there’s influencers who mean business; Megan Hutchison from @shesaidyes is all three. What started as a passion for planning her own wedding has turned into a blog, two books and over 25,000 followers. “Megan is a prime example of a businesswoman in today’s world successfully using social media to drive her success,” one of her many nominations reads. So much yes to that! YGG!

Sara Quilter | @tailorskincare @sara_lhani_que

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Sara Quilter, the brains and beauty (‘scuse the pun) behind award winning natural skincare brand Tailor Skincare has hustled herself a cult beauty brand with a loyal following on both her personal and business’ accounts – if you’ve listened to her fascinating FB Live sessions or interesting Instagram Stories you’ll get why. Her personal engagement with her Tailor Tribe has seen Sara set the bar incredibly high for entrepreneurs and beauty brands in NZ and her exemplary success is testament to her authenticity and influence both online and IRL.

Donielle Brooke | @designer.wardrobe

Whether we’re talking saavy business smarts, style or social media genius, Designer Wardrobe’s Donielle Brooke is a vision. What began as a need to sell her clothes on Facebook while undergoing cancer treatment, her unique business has turned into an online community of over 100,000 marketplace members in just two years – and its success is totally down to her. Donielle has said that DW “wouldn’t be where it is today without social media,” but we don’t think it would be where it is without her digital influence.

Mandy Duncan | @_mandyduncan @noahandbowie

Mandy Duncan is a girl who knows how to work the ‘gram and she’s not just your erryday influencer, she’s an inspiring businesswoman with a blimin’ cute baby brand, Noah & Bowie. “[Mandy] is just so real and awesome in all of her posts and videos,” one of her many nominations reads. “She shared a lot of how she started her business at home really small and how its grown and she’s definitely an inspiration for any aspiring business woman!” With over 37,000 followers between her personal and business account, there’s no denying that this babe literally is the biz.

Shannon Harris | @shaaanxo @xobeautyshop 

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As New Zealand’s answer to Kylie Jenner (you know, as far as cosmetics go) it was a no brainer to include beauty vlogging sensation turned #girlboss Shaaanxo in our top five. She founded the cruelty-free makeup, brushes and lashes brand after her online influence began to not only reach thousands of people but millions. As far as followings go, Shannon is without a doubt our largest beauty guru and her authenticity and relatability online has translated into a trusted beauty business that her fans and followers can’t get enough of!

Remember to check in to on October 4th to find out who you chose as New Zealand’s top influencers and read all about the winners in our beautiful new issue of Miss FQ, on sale October 9th!