Meet your Miss FQ Maybelline Influence Awards 2019 finalists: Business, Innovation and Tech category

24 September 2019
By Fashion Quarterly

Whether their achievements are in business, tech or innovation, these finalists are bossing it.

Mastering a trade and then climbing to the top of your respective industry is no small feat, yet our Miss FQ Maybelline Influence Awards ‘Business, Innovation and Tech’ finalists have done just that.

Whether it’s crafting something delicious in the kitchen or creating a luxurious leather bag, the women below are exceptionally talented in their field of business and have pushed the boundaries of a traditional 9-5.

Scroll to see our finalists in the ‘Business, Innovation and Tech’ category as voted by YOU:


Alarice Stuart is a freelance web designer whose star has been on the rise for a few years now, as she creates some of the most impressive websites around. Leaving the viewer with a lasting impression as she creates a user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing website design is her speciality and because of this, she’s worked with many local influencers you know and love, from Abby Plested to Miss FQ Influence Award Travel finalist Ash Owens.


Florence Van Dyke is the CEO of New Zealand beverage company Chia Sisters which she runs with her sister Chloe. She was named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2019 for Chia Sisters’ game-changing initiatives including using solar energy to power their brewery, bottling their juices in recycled glass and last year, becoming Nelson’s first accredited living wage employers.


If you haven’t heard of the luxury leather goods label Yu Mei, then where have you been? Jessie Wong is the mastermind behind this local accessory label that’s taken the country (and world) by storm, and is set for an even bigger 2020. Not just a savvy business owner, Jessie also knows her fair share about what makes for a stylish and must-have handbag.


Making all your buttercream dreams come true is Jess Hekkens. After quitting her full-time job in August 2018 to follow her dreams and dedicate all her time to cakery, she launched her successful Auckland business, specialising in pretty and perfect doughnuts, cakes and cupcakes. Besides whisking up a storm in the kitchen, Jess has recently released her own cake tools, helping others create at home too.


Bringing banking to the classroom is Kendall Flutey, who founded an app called Banqer, designed to teach young students the basics of income, expenses and budgeting. It’s widely used across Australia and New Zealand (over 70,000 at last count!) and is 100% free for Primary and Intermediate schools to use in order to bring financial education to life.

Stay tuned to see who has taken out their category, announced September 26 2019.


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