In the heart of Poland, where pulsating city life is intertwined with rich traditions, a unique plebiscite – “Pearls of GentleWoman POLAND” – echoes. This is not only an event, but first and foremost a tribute to extraordinary Polish women who are transforming the world with their passion, determination and vision in the categories: Personality, Culture, Art, Passion, Business, Innovation, Social Activity, eGentleWoman, Fashion and Style. The final gala was held in the historic interiors of the Monopol Hotel in Katowice, in an atmosphere full of magic and deep emotions. It was a moment in which we highlighted the achievements of inspiring women from the south of Poland – from the cultural heartland of Rzeszow to industrial Silesia to charming Wroclaw. These women, proudly representing their region, bring not only talent, but also extraordinary energy and team spirit.

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A celebration of women

The “GentleWoman Pearls” award gala was hosted by Patrycja Tomaszczyk, and statuettes in six categories were received on stage: Olga Bonczyk, Ewa Wachowicz, Marieta Zhukowska, Malgorzata Domagalik, Alicja Napiórkowska, Natasha Pavluchenko, Boguslawa Choczynska, Agnieszka Pala-Jasikowska, Kinga Korta, Kasia Szymków – author of the blog I am Kasia, Alicja Knast, Katarzyna Pleśniak, Edyta Wieczorek, Żaneta Gortat – Stanisławska, Beata Kos-Kudła, Magdalena Nowak-Trzęsiok, Katarzyna Popiołek and Jolanta Grabowska-Markowska. Special thanks from the stage in the form of a video also flowed from Maja Sablewska, who could not be present at the Gala.

Marieta Zhukovska, who was honored in the “Personality” category, confessed after the Gala:

When the “Pearls” awardees took the stage, I looked at them with admiration and thought: these are women who have lived through more than one thing in life, more than one experience behind them, and now they have this unique opportunity to get an award for that. There is something magical about getting on that stage, about women being recognized. I think it’s important to do it, and it’s really valuable – such an award is an affirmation and a once-in-a-lifetime celebration for every woman.

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The magic of that evening…

The festive evening opened with a keyboard performance by Tymoteusz Bies, a participant in the prestigious Chopin Competition, who transported the audience to a magical world of music with every chord. Bies, known for his deep understanding and sensitivity to romantic music, once again proved that he is one of the brightest talents of his generation on the Polish music scene.

Timothy Bies concert
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Video realization of the GentleWoman gala at the Monopol Hotel
Women at the GentleWoman gala at the Monopol Hotel
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The audio sphere of the event was also taken care of by Kinga Głyk, Poland’s only bass guitarist, who despite her young age has already shared the stage with such jazz giants as Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten. Her extraordinary talent has been recognized at international festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival. The honors she has won, such as “Best European Bassist of the Year,” confirm her unique position in the music world. Kinga, combining youth and experience, has become an ambassador of Polish jazz worldwide, inspiring successive generations of musicians with her passion and mastery.

Kinga Głyk recital GentleWoman
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On stage we also saw Basia Janyga, a finalist of The Voice of Poland, whose extraordinary voice and charisma always attract the attention of the audience. Her performances, full of emotion and passion, leave unforgettable impressions in the hearts of listeners. It is said that music brings people together – so it was this time, too.

Basia Janyga recital at GentleWoman gala
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The concerts on stage delighted the invited guests, but no less interest was generated by the art zones. On the historic driveway of the Monopol Hotel one could admire the modern automotive masterpieces that were Porsche cars. The presentation of these luxury vehicles was handled by Porsche Lelek, showing the combination of innovative technology and excellent design.

In the adjacent space, luxury eyewear by Anna-Karin Karlsson was placed next to paintings from the renowned DagmaArt gallery, which attracted attention with their depth and color. These unique glasses, presented by the Silesian brand “Bryloownia”, are the work of Swedish designer Anna-Karin Karlsson. Her creations combine elegance, daring and extraordinary attention to detail, making each pair a true work of art.

Natasha Pavluchenko, Marietta Żukowska, Alicja Napiórkowska
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The room was complemented by elaborate furniture by Novelle, which with its aesthetics and quality of workmanship perfectly matched the luxurious character of the entire event.

Luxury from Beirut

The event was also highlighted by a display of gowns from Zuhair Murad’s collection. Zuhair’s gowns, with their rich fever of colors and shrouded in mysterious light, are reminiscent of Egyptian rulers and Greek goddesses, but with the addition of modernist accents, they are perfect for modern princesses.

Marieta Zukowska with flowers at GentleWoman gala
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At first glance, you can see that the creations are a nod to the grand tailoring of Hollywood’s golden age and are inspired by the beauty of women’s shapes. Not surprisingly, major celebrities have fallen in love with the designs, including. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kirsten Stewart, Blake Lively, Kylie Minogue, Eva Longoria, Katy Perry, Beyoncé or Jennifer Lopez. The red carpet seems the perfect place for the Lebanese’s designs, from the Cannes Film Festival to the Academy Awards gala – you can’t go unnoticed in Zuhair’s creations.

Zuhair Murad's fashion show at the GentleWoman Gala.
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Dresses sewn with light

The Lebanese-born designer’s first sketches date back to when he was 15 years old, and even then he saw that this would be the path he would follow for the rest of his life. Zuhair Murad opened his first atelier in 1997 in Beirut. From then on, he began to gain popularity and build an empire of sophisticated women’s fashion, which he signed with his name. In 2001, he entered the world of high tailoring, or Haute Couture, first presenting his collection in Paris and later opening a boutique there on Rue Francoisler.

Zuhair Murad Fashion
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Today, his Prêt-à-porter collection is present in more than 100 boutiques around the world. Despite opening up to global fashion markets, Zuhair always stresses that the inspiration for his creations comes from his native country. It is the cultural heritage of the East, the beauty of Lebanon and the perfectly balanced seasons: white winters, colorful springs, hot summers and elegant autumns that are reflected in his ethereal designs. “I have a house in the mountains and spend a lot of time watching the night sky. Thanks to this, I discovered many beautiful colors” – adds the designer.

Ewa Wachowicz, Kinga Korta, Patrycja Tomaszczyk
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In Poland, where fashion is gaining more and more importance, the presentation of Murad’s collection was a real event that caught the attention of everyone present at the GentleWoman Gala.

Zuhair Murad Fashion Show
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GentleWoman Champaigne Party

After the official part of the evening, it was time for the After Gala Champaigne Party, where conversations over a glass of champagne were endless, with live music in the background, provided by Tymoteusz Bies and Adam Jedrysik. What is most valuable to us is that a hundred exceptional women met in one place, and the appropriate entourage was conducive to the exchange of ideas and views.

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Pearls of GentleWoman Poland
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Trend GentleWoman

The gala, which took place in the heart of Poland, kicked off a series of events to promote the “Gentle” trend in our country. It is a concept that has already gained recognition and popularity abroad, becoming a symbol of elegance, strength and independence for the modern woman.

Alicja Knast receives the statuette
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Although the “Gentle” trend has been around the world for a long time, in Poland it is just beginning to win hearts and minds. The next installment of the gala will be held in the country’s capital, Warsaw, a city full of dynamism and culture. As part of the plebiscite, the organizers are looking for exceptional women from the city who embody the idea of “GentleWoman” with their attitude, actions and passion. These remarkable women will then be honored with the title “Pearls of GentleWoman,” becoming ambassadors of the trend in Poland.

If you feel that you live by the idea of “Gentle”, that your passion, determination and elegance can be an inspiration to others, come forward! You could be one of those exceptional Polish women who will be recognized and honored at a gala in Warsaw.

Żaneta Gortat Stanislawska receives the GentleWoman statuette.
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Upcoming events

Our activities culminate in Galas and meetings with women, at which we present “GentleWoman Pearls.” These are meetings of class and elegance, laced with art and unforgettable concerts, during which we recognize women in many different categories.

  • Culture: We honor women who contribute to the development and promotion of culture by creating events, festivals or initiatives that enrich the cultural life of the community.
  • Art: We recognize female artists whose work inspires, provokes thought and brings freshness to the art world, whether they are painters, sculptors, dancers or actresses.
  • Passion: We reward women who follow their passion, regardless of adversity, and inspire others to realize their dreams.
  • Business: In this category, we recognize entrepreneurial women who are successful in the business world, creating innovative companies, products or services.
  • Innovation: We honor women who innovate in various fields of life, from technology to medicine, contributing to the progress and development of society.
  • Social Activities: We recognize women who are involved in the community, helping those in need, creating charitable organizations or social initiatives.
  • eGentleWoman: In this category, we recognize women who are active in the digital world, creating platforms, apps or online projects that have a positive impact on the community.

We believe that through the “pearls” a wider audience will learn about valuable projects and activities of women in the local community. Our initiative aims not only to appreciate their work, but also to inspire others to take action and follow their passions.

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