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Princess Leia star Carrie Fisher named ultimate icon at Cosmopolitan awards

Published 03/12/2015

Little Mix arriving at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards
Little Mix arriving at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards

The Force is with Carrie Fisher as the Star Wars favourite has been voted ultimate icon at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards.

The Apprentice's Karren Brady took home the ultimate businesswoman accolade.

Fisher, 59, became a global superstar after playing Princess Leia in the original 1977 Star Wars film.

The award-winning writer and actress is also known for her semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards From The Edge.

Fisher has reprised her famous role for The Force Awakens, the seventh entry in the blockbusting Star Wars franchise.

She also has a recurring guest-star role in Channel 4's raunchy comedy Catastrophe, starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney.

Best known as an aide to Lord Sugar on the business-based reality series, Karren Brady became Baroness Brady last year.

However, her vote in favour of tax credit cuts led some to call for viewers to boycott the popular BBC One show.

The X Factor presenter Caroline Flack, who recently spoke out against "fat shaming", won the ultimate TV personality award.

The 10 th annual Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards 2015 with Baileys celebrates inspirational real-life women in addition to crowning its ultimate celebrities.

Fearne Cotton hosted the event at London's One Mayfair where Captain Hannah Winterbourne was announced as ultimate trailblazer in the real-life winners awards.

The 28-year-old is the highest-ranking transgender soldier in the British Army.

Male at birth, she spent eight years training with the Army before revealing her plans to transition in 2013.

Rape survivor Pavan Amara is Cosmopolitan's ultimate empowerment pioneer for campaigns including the My Body Back project and a support group for victims of sexual violence.

Ultimate campaigner Meltem Avcil was detained for three months at Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre with her mother when she was just 13.

Kurdish-born Avcil successfully campaigned with the charity Women For Refugee Women to stop children being detained there.

She is fighting for the centre to be permanently shut down.

Sajda Mughal took home the ultimate humanitarian award. The 33-year-old was caught up in the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.

She has since dedicated her life to preventing extremism and radicalisation in the UK, and is also a director of the Jan Trust charity.

Ultimate inspiration went to Katie Cutler who raised £330,000 in just 21 days on behalf of Alan Barnes, a disabled man who was brutally attacked outside his house.

The 22-year-old has now launched The Katie Cutler Foundation to help vulnerable people through acts of kindness.

The full list of 2015 Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards with Baileys celebrity winners are:

Ultimate Game Changer - Abi Morgan

Ultimate Sports Personality - Casey Stoney

Ultimate Girl Group - Little Mix

Ultimate Businesswoman - Karren Brady

Ultimate Solo Artist - Jess Glynne

Ultimate Woman - Rebel Wilson

Ultimate Icon - Carrie Fisher

Ultimate TV Personality with Baileys - Caroline Flack

Previous winners of the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards have included Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Christine Ohurougu, The Kardashians and Jennifer Lawrence, to name a few.

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