Guess who’s back, back again… It’s the Miss FQ Maybelline New York Influence Awards, and we’re looking for the young New Zealanders who are making it happen for themselves and their communities.
Last year we had hundreds of nominations, thousands of votes (nearly 32,000 in fact!) and over a million eyeballs watching as the awards unfolded – and in 2019, we are ready to do it all over again. But this time we want to make the Miss FQ Maybelline New York Influence Awards bigger and better than ever; to do this, we need your help.
We want to celebrate and recognise the unique voices and personalities that are out there doing it, so we’ve teamed up with Maybelline New York to look for game-changing young New Zealanders who are doing amazing things, both on and off the ‘gram. Maybelline is all about ‘making it happen’ and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate tagline to live by when scouting for this year’s talent.
The campaign begins with nominations which are open now (like, literally in the form below you guys!). From there, with our key partners, Miss FQ will select five finalists per category and soon after, you’ll be able to vote for your favourite influencer in each category on MissFQ.co.nz from 19 August 2019. Voting will be open for three weeks.
After that, the winners will be announced at a VIP party on 26 September in Auckland where all of our finalists will be invited, as well as Miss FQ’s closest friends, celebrity pals and some of our lucky readers, too (FYI: everyone who votes will be in the draw to win some fab prizes, including a $200 gift bag full of Maybelline New York goodies plus double passes to attend our shindig!).
Think you — or someone you know — could be a winner? Nominations are now open, so read our instructions for nominating below, and then fill in the form. Full Terms & Conditions can be found below.
The categories are:
Beauty – brought to you by Maybelline New York
Are you a beauty obsessive, always experimenting with and educating others on beauty products, trends and treatments? If so, this one’s for you. Across all the latest launches from luxe-to-less, and always up-to-date with — if not a predictor of — the season’s hottest runway looks (plus how to achieve them at home), you’re the beauty expert that we can’t stop tuning into. Let’s face it, the beauty bloggersphere is bursting at the seams, but what keeps us coming back is your authenticity. If you like something, we’ll know about it. But you aren’t a sell out — we know we can trust your opinion, not to mention your skills.
The definition of style #goals from top-to-toe, your wardrobe gives us total outfit envy. You might have a signature look that you rarely stray from (can’t improve on perfection, y’know?) or maybe you’re confident in your eclecticism, pulling off every aesthetic with ease. Either way, you clearly live and breathe fashion and your creativity and conviction inspires all of us to try new trends.
Whether you’re saving the bees, marching for gender equality, spending your spare time making lunches for kids in need or coming up with sustainable alternatives to plastic straws, you’re a person who cares A LOT about the planet and all the people living on it. Not content to just sit behind your keyboard and whinge about everything that’s wrong with the world (and why it’s all the fault of the baby boomers), you have solutions, you’re out there implementing them, and you’re using your network to spread the word. Basically, you’re our hope for the future, so we want to celebrate you and find out how we can be helping your cause.
Health, Body & Wellness
From wellness to workouts, this influencer is all about living a healthy lifestyle in a positive way. Exercise and healthy food obviously rank highly, but so does balance and body positivity, too. They’re encouraging, not preachy, and inspire you to get moving and eat better because it’ll make you feel good, girl! They also look the part as far as fitness fashion is concerned; you can count on them to tell you what’s cool and works well for your active lifestyle. And all the while, they’re championing body diversity, self-care and encouraging us to love the bodies we’re in.
Innovation, Business & Tech
You might not have billions in the bank just yet, but if you’ve managed to transform a hobby into a side-hustle (or main-hustle!) and it’s doing not too badly thank-you-very-much, we want to hear about it. No, seriously. How did you do that? Cos whether you’re self-made in the truest sense of the world, or had ample resources available to you and leveraged these in a super smart way, we’re all ears. It doesn’t matter if you’re making apps or appetizers — what’s important to us is your passion for your product, your clear work ethic, and how your story serves to inspire the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
Travel – brought to you by Bondi Sands
There’s no two-ways about it — your ’gram is FOMO-inducing AF. But behind every snap of a Shinjuku street scene or a Cinque Terre sunset, there’s substance. Something unexpected. A shot that shows us that wherever you go, you go all-in. You meet the locals. You immerse yourself in the place’s culture and history. And yes, you know all the best spots for selfies. But you’re not doing this for the likes. Maybe you travel for work, or maybe you’re just really good at saving. Either way, you appreciate all those stamped pages in your passport because they allow you to give your followers a window to the world, and perhaps change a few perspectives along the way.
Up & Comer – brought to you by Lee Stafford
Are you one to watch? You might be a micro-influencer in your industry now, but at the rate you’re going you’ll be a household name sooner than we can say ‘obsessed’. It doesn’t matter what your area of influence is (and yes, you may enter any of the above categories provided you meet the criteria, below). If you can show us that your star is on the rise, and that you have big plans for the future, we’ll see what we can do to get you all the way there.
Arts and Culture
Whether you’re an ceramicist or a DJ, an #InstaPoet or an illustrator, a singer or an amateur food reviewer, you have talent by the bucket and we’re here for whatever you’re going to do next. If it’s reviews, we trust your opinion implicitly (and might have been known to drive miles out of our way to check out the chicken burger hole-in-the-wall you recommended last month). If it’s art, poetry or music, we are inspired, riveted and moved; we can’t look away, and for very good reason. You owe it to New Zealand to share your talent!
You’re creative, you’re out-of-the box and you’re not here to mess around. While others are content in following a trend, you’re the one who’s out there, forging a new path and going where nowhere else dared to go before. You stand for something and are willing to shake things up and go that extra mile to let it be so. Nominees for ‘Disruptor of the Year’ can be within any of the above categories, provided you meet the criteria below and are all about that #game-changing life.
- Nominees may enter themselves or be entered by someone else.
- Entries are open to New Zealand residents only.
- Individual, pair and group nominations will be eligible for for all categories – brands or businesses will also be eligible to enter the Innovation, Business & Tech category.
- Nominees may enter more than one category but must provide a new nomination for each entry.
- All entries must include the nominee’s follower count on their highest followed platform at the time of entry.
- All entries must demonstrate evidence of the nominee’s influence.
- Influence will be determined by the following factors including, but not limited to, number of followers, engagement, quality of content, relatability, and authenticity.
- Nominees for the Up & Comer category must have less than 10,000 followers on their primary, or most-followed, platform (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat or Twitter) and can also be nominated for any of the other categories, provided they fit both requirements.
- Finalists will be chosen by Miss FQ, in collaboration with Maybelline New York, Lee Stafford and Bondi Sands for their respective categories only.