Michaela Coel to be honoured with the Pandora Leader of Change Award at the Fashion Awards 2023


The British Fashion Council (BFC) is thrilled to announce that British-Ghanaian actor, director and writer Michaela Coel, will be honoured with the Pandora Leader of Change Award at The Fashion Awards 2023 (TFA), which will take place on Monday 4th December at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The Award will be presented to her on the night by actress and global Pandora ambassador, Pamela Anderson. TFA 2023 presented by Pandora and organised by the BFC, is the primary fundraiser for the BFC Foundation and celebrates the role of fashion at the intersection of culture and entertainment, spotlighting creative talent and telling the stories of the year in fashion through the lens of purpose, excellence, and creativity. Coel will be honoured for her acting, screenwriting and filmmaking, which consistently challenges the status quo and wholeheartedly centres around the female perspective and experience. 

Michaela Coel's body of work unapologetically explores the topics of race, class, and gender while telling the authentic and complex stories of Black women and queer identities. Coel’s first TV series, Chewing Gum, which she starred in, wrote, and produced earned her a BAFTA award for Best Female Comedy Performance, as well as the BAFTA Breakthrough Talent Award for her writing. In 2020, Coel was included in Time's 100 Most Influential People. Coel made history in 2021 as the first Black woman to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for her trailblazing HBO-BBC series, I May Destroy You, which fearlessly unpacked the question of sexual consent. Coel has also starred in the Marvel film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as well as various TV series’, including Black Earth Rising, Black Mirror and Top Boy.

Coel is one of the most exciting and in-demand visionaries in the entertainment industry today, and in 2022, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her work has profoundly impacted wider culture and she has established herself as a fashion authority with her bold and powerful looks. As the host of the Met Gala 2023 and a cover star for ELLE UK and American Vogue, she continues to showcase her innovative approach in everything she does. Her unwavering commitment to championing female empowerment and authentic representation is in direct alignment with the principles of The Pandora Leader of Change Award.

Michaela Coel: I’m thankful and surprised to be honoured in such a way. Thank you so much to the British Fashion Council & Pandora.”

Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council: “We are thrilled to honour Michaela Coel with the Pandora Leader of Change Award at The Fashion Awards 2023. Coel is a true innovator who fearlessly delves into the reality of being a female while spotlighting those from oppressed and marginalised backgrounds. Coel’s visionary storytelling and wholehearted dedication to authentic representation has empowered audiences globally and paved the way for a more diverse and inclusive entertainment industry. We look forward to celebrating with her next week.” 

Mary Carmen Gasco-Buisson, Chief Marketing Officer, Pandora: Michaela Coel is the epitome of what the Pandora Leader of Change Award represents – she has used her platform to give a voice to those who need it the most and to move the world through her creative expression. Her work has made significant, enduring impact in support of women and underrepresented groups, driving a deep-seated commitment to authentically redefine representation. With this award we are not only celebrating an artist but a visionary force. “ 

The Pandora Leader of Change Award celebrates a person who leads with innovation to create positive change globally. They consistently challenge the status quo. Their work is empowering, progressive and forward-thinking. They use their platform positively shifting perceptions as a result of their deep commitment to moving the dial when it comes to authentic representation.

The Fashion Awards 2023 presented by Pandora bring together a global community in London, the home of fashion creativity, to amplify leaders of change, celebrate excellence in creativity, and support the next generation of creative talent. The event is the primary fundraiser of the BFC Foundation (Registered Charity Number: 1185152), which supports the future growth and success of the British fashion industry by focusing on education, grant-giving, and business mentoring. In the financial year 2022/2023, the BFC remitted over £1.2M in funds to designers and scholars.


About British Fashion Council

The British Fashion Council (BFC), formed in 1983, is a not-for-profit organisation focused on the relentless innovation, responsible growth and local and global amplification of the British fashion industry. Its mission is to champion British fashion on the world stage by pioneering world class programmes that unlock and elevate British creative talent. This is fuelled by an extraordinary diverse and inspiring community of advocates, icons, experts, and fans.

The BFC amplifies excellence in creativity and its role in the UK’s cultural influence through The Fashion Awards and London Fashion Week. The BFC prepares businesses for positive change through relentless innovation with a focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B), Web 3.0 and pivotal areas of the UK Circular Fashion Eco-system through the Institute of Positive Fashion (IPF). The BFC enables responsible growth through a dynamic, inclusive, and unified community that advocates for creativity, innovation and collectively supports the industry to grow and talent to gain access.

The BFC Foundation (Registered Charity Number: 11852152) was created in 2019 for charitable purposes and grant giving; attracting, developing, and retaining talent through education and business mentoring. The BFC Foundation offers support to designers through four talent prizes: BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund, BFC NEWGEN and the BFC Fashion Trust. With the support of the BFC Colleges Council, the BFC Foundation offers BA and MA scholarships to students, as well as links with industry through design competitions and Graduate Preview Day. The Fashion Awards is the primary fundraiser for the BFC Foundation.

For more information visit: britishfashioncouncil.co.uk / londonfashionweek.co.uk / instituteofpositivefashion.com

About Pandora

Pandora is the world’s largest jewellery brand. The company designs, manufactures and markets hand-finished jewellery made from high-quality materials at affordable prices. Pandora jewellery is sold in more than 100 countries through more than 6,500 points of sale, including more than 2,500 concept stores. Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, Pandora employs 32,000 people worldwide and crafts its jewellery at two LEED-certified facilities in Thailand. Pandora is committed to leadership in sustainability and will purchase only recycled silver and gold for crafting its jewellery by 2025 and halve greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by 2030. Pandora is listed on the Nasdaq Copenhagen stock exchange and generated sales of DKK 26.5 billion (EUR 3.6 billion) in 2022.


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