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GALA SPA AWARD winners 2012: Top model Karolina Kurkova appears in Baden-Baden to accept “Beauty Idol” award

Last night, premium people and lifestyle magazine GALA and Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa hosted the GALA SPA AWARDS. Around 200 important guests attended the glamorous event in Baden-Baden, including numerous celebrities from the worlds of economy, culture and showbusiness, as well as well-known representatives from the cosmetics industry and luxury hotel sectors.

The award honored the best international care product concepts and locations that promote well-being. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of Karolina Kurkova as Beauty Idol of the year. The jury’s decision was based on her convincing combination of unmistakable natural beauty, professional talent and commitment to social causes. The “Special Prize” was awarded to Dr. Masaru Emoto from Japan. The doctor of alternative medicine was honored for his research on the nature and influences of water.

Guests at this year’s event included Lisa Martinek, Olivia Palermo, Johannes Huebl, Sarah Wiener, Peter Lohmeyer, Henning Baum, Esther Schweins, Kostja Ullmann, and Stephan Luca, among others. Presenters Barbara Schöneberger and Yared Dibaba hosted the evening together with the jury and prominent guests. Nerina Pallot accompanied the event with her music.

The award winners 2012 at a glance:

Beauty Idol category:
Karolina Kurkova

Special Prize category:
Dr. Masaru Emoto

Luxury Concepts category:
Shiseido – FUTURE SOLUTION LX

Innovation Concepts category:
Lancôme – VISIONNAIRE

Cult Concepts category:
4711 – ACQUA COLONIA

Men Concepts category:
Sisley – SISLEYUM

Treatment Concepts category:
Babor – EFFECTIVE TOUCH FACIAL

Luxury Hotel category:
Schloss Fuschl in Hof near Salzburg

Innovative Spa category:
Borgo Egnazia in Italy

In addition to co-initiator Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, sponsors ITEM m6, Omega, Grohe, and Volkswagen, as well as partners La Biosthétique and Pommery, made a vital contribu-tion to the success of this year’s GALA SPA AWARDS.

About the GALA SPA AWARDS:

The GALA SPA AWARDS is one of the most important international beauty and spa com-mendations. Only first-class care products and hotels and locations that meet the holistic requirements of the GALA SPA AWARDS are honored.

The jury consisted of the following members: presenters Sylvie van der Vaart and Susann Atwell, Chairman of the European Spa Academy (ESA) Prof. Heinz Kroehl, dermatologist and professor of cosmetic science Prof. Martina Kerscher, Frank Marrenbach, CEO of Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, stylist and publisher Armin Morbach, GALA editor-in-chief Peter Lewandowski, head of the GALA beauty category Frie Kicherer and journalist and spa expert Susanne Faust.

For further information, please contact:

Mandy Rußmann
Referentin Kommunikation/PR GALA
Gruner + Jahr AG & Co KG
phone: +49-40-3703-29-90
e-mail: russmann.mandy@guj.de

Baden-Baden, March 18, 2012