Rob Lowe to Host 2012 P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards

Rob Lowe (Photo Credit: David Raccuglia)

TV and film actor to bring style and charm to fourth-annual awards ceremony in Toronto

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Following in the well-heeled footsteps of Nia Vardalos, Queen Latifah and Kim Cattrall, P&G Beauty & Grooming welcomes Rob Lowe to host the 2012 P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards on Monday, November 19. The three-time Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee, TV and film actor, and best-selling author will take centre stage as P&G Beauty & Grooming honours the best of Canada’s beauty, grooming and fashion editorial talent as well as top make-up artists, hair stylists, photographers, art directors and models. Known for his dapper style and charm, Lowe currently stars in the hit comedy Parks and Recreation and received several award nominations for his role on the longstanding drama series, The West Wing.

Rob Lowe (Photo Credit: David Raccuglia)

Now in its fourth year, the P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards acknowledge excellence and promote talent in the Canadian beauty, grooming and fashion industry. Following a nationwide call for entries in July, a wide range of submissions, representing Canada’s leading magazines, newspapers, websites and blogs were received. The 2012 P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards features 15 categories, including a new addition for Best Art Direction:

1. Best Magazine Cover
2. Best Beauty Editor of a Magazine
3. Best Beauty Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper – Scientific/Technical
4. Best Beauty Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper – Trend/Profile
5. Best Fashion Editor of a Magazine
6. Best Fashion Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper
7. Best Male Grooming Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper
8. Best Male Fashion Feature of a Magazine or Newspaper
9. Best Fashion or Beauty Blog
10. Best Fashion or Beauty Website
11. NEW – Best Art Direction
12. Best New Face
13. Photographer of the Year
14. Hair Stylist of the Year
15. Make-up Artist of the Year

“We’re excited to see the P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards continue to grow in Canada, attracting such high caliber work, year over year,” says Esther Benzie, Associate Marketing Director, P&G Beauty & Grooming Canada. “And with Rob Lowe presiding over the gala event as our first male host, we couldn’t think of a better leading man to help us celebrate the Canadian beauty, grooming and fashion industry this year.”

An independent panel of influential beauty and fashion industry insiders along with art and design experts review and evaluate all entries, determining the three finalists and winner for each category.

The 2012 judging panel includes:

  • Dr. Ben Barry; Assistant Professor, Ryerson University School of Fashion
  • Glen Baxter; Fashion journalist, photographer and Founder of The Right to Play Ball
  • Michelle Blanc; Web strategy and social media expert
  • Leesa Butler; Co-Director, Fashion Group International
  • Jean François Daviau; Co-Founder, Sensation Mode
  • Paola Fullerton; President, Paola Fullerton Inc.
  • Arnaud Granata; Vice-president and Editorial Director, Infopresse
  • Jeremy Laing; Fashion Designer
  • Jack Latulippe; Creative Director, Les Évadés
  • Danielle Martin and Pao Lim; Fashion Designers, Martin Lim
  • Gail McInnes; Director, Magnet Creative Management
  • Stacey McKenzie; Supermodel and Founder of Walk This Way Workshops
  • Shirine Saad; New York based editor and writer
  • Carly Stojsic; Market Editor and Trend Forecaster, WGSN

P&G Beauty & Grooming is a longstanding supporter of the Canadian beauty and fashion industry through its sponsorship of Montreal Fashion Week, the Toronto Fashion Incubator, and as the official beauty partner of The ShOws.

For ongoing updates on the Awards, including finalist and winner announcements, follow the P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards on Facebook ( and Twitter ( and #pgawards). Finalist and winner entries will also be available at

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