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Last night we enjoyed our very first Rising Soci@l Star Talent Search party along with our friends, judges and incredibly talented finalists at Surry Hill’s Golden Age Cinema and Bar.

There was some concern earlier in the day that a large chunk of our Melbourne-based finalists wouldn’t be able to make it due to runway closures at Sydney Airport. We were thankfully able to have everybody in our company bar the lovely Ben McNamara and Tayla Gentle of Two Humans Travel.

We had the pleasure of welcoming judges Tim Duggan, co-founder and publisher of Junkee Media, Christina Butcher of Hair Romance and Kate McKibbin of Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily. Kate is also founder of #RSSAU’s education partner Secret Blogger’s Business, who will soon welcome our four Rising Soci@l Star winners into their elite digital academy.

MC Alicia Doumanis of Snapchat kicked off the proceedings by welcoming Managing Direction of The Remarkables Group and founder of Rising Soci@l Star Lorraine Murphy. 

Our beauty finalists Vanessa Gollasch of Flip & Style, Nikkia Cherry of NikkiaJoy, Ash McLeod of The Beauty Collection, Jade Reece of ThatBloggerJade and Tina Yong assembled for their big moment. The divine Nikkia Joy took the crown and the stage for an impromptu speech as her lovely partner Brandon watched on.  Robyn Simper of Priceline Pharmacies made the big announcement. 

Next up was fashion, contested by Jessica Ricci, Sophie Benbow of SophieLuxe, Alex Paterson of What The Teacher Wears (who was sadly unable to make it) and Madeleine Smith of The Style Smith. The gorgeous, gracious and Bonds-obsessed Sophie Benbow took the prize announced by Bonds rep Kedda.

After a short break for some ‘hand food’ in the form of some seriously sizable burgers, the wonderful Tim Duggan talked to the crowd about the important role that true digital influencers play in the current media landscape.

#RSSAU Wellbeing finalists Ellie Parker of EatWithElle, Alice Balcon of AliceInHealthyLand, Tilly Lock and AJ Clementine lined up for their time, before the beautiful AliceInHealthyLand took the top prize, presented by Robyn Simper of Priceline Pharmacies.


Next was travel, featuring finalists Ben McNamara and Tayla Gentle of Two Humans Travel, Sylvia Huang of Oh Sunny Mornings, Victoria McEwan and Elaina Bird of The Freedom Travellers and Jaharn Giles of Mister Weekender who arrived direct from the airport after arriving from Athens. Talk about dedication! The effort proved worth it in the end as Jaharn accepted her winning award. Qantas judge Clarabella Burley of Qantas was unable to attend, so Christina Butcher of Mr & Mrs Romance kindly stepped in to make the announcement.


All winners receive $4,000 cash, a brand ambassadorship with Bonds, Qantas or Priceline, a scholarship to Secret Blogger’s Business, a six-month exclusive contract with Rising Soci@l Star, a feature in Collective magazine and an appearance at Vivid Ideas.

The Rising Soci@l Star team was totally over the moon to discover that many finalists have arranged catch-up dates together in the weeks to come. The exhilarating energy in the room left us feeling a huge sense of success to have created a real-life arena for up and coming influencers to connect with one another, even if weren’t able to give everybody a trophy.

Stay tuned for professional photos of the night, plus plenty more (seriously exciting!) Rising Soci@l Star announcements in the coming weeks.

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After six weeks of incredible entries from talent in every corner of Australia, it’s with great pleasure that the Rising Soci@l Star team and our brilliant brand partners – Bonds, Qantas and Priceline – introduce our 20 finalists…



Vanessa Gollasch of Flip and Style

Jade Reece of That Blogger Jade

Tina Yong of Makeup by Tina Yong

Nikkia Cherry of Nikkia Joy

Ash McLeod of The Beauty Collection

Meet the #RSSAU Beauty finalists! @flipandstyle @thatbloggerjade @tina_yong @nikkiajoy @thebeautycollection

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Alex Paterson of What The Teacher Wears

Jessica Ricci 

Jessica Alizzi

Sophie Benbow of Sophie Luxe

Madeleine Smith of The Style Smith

Meet the #RSSAU Fashion finalists! @whattheteacherwears @jessicaricci @sophieluxe @jessalizzi @thestylesmith_

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Jaharn Giles of Mr Weekender

Mitch Oates

Ben McNamara and Tayla Gentle of Two Humans Travel

Sylvia Huang of Oh Sunny Mornings

Victoria McEwan and Elaina Bird of The Freedom Travellers

Meet the #RSSAU Travel finalists! @mitchelloates @ohsunnymornings @twohumanstravel @thefreedomtravellers @misterweekender

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Ellie Parker of Eat With Elle

Tilly Lock

AJ Clementine

Alice Balcon of Alice In Healthyland

Adelle Cousins of Where The Styled Things Are

Meet the #RSSAU Wellbeing finalists! @ajclementine_ @aliceinhealthyland @eatwithelle @wherethestyledthingsare @tillylock

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Stay tuned as our influencers participate in three branded challenges over the coming weeks. You can keep up with these by following Rising Soci@l Star on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.


 Done! Finished! Completo!


Done! Finished! Completo!

The entry period for Rising Soci@l Star 2016 has officially closed!

On behalf of the whole team at Rising Soci@l Star, Bonds, Priceline and Qantas, we would like to thank everybody who participated in spreading the word about #RSSAU whether it be using the hashtag, sharing the content on social media or telling a friend about the talent search.

The response to the initiative has been overwhelming and we have absolutely loved seeing such high quality work from many talented influencers from every corner of Australia.

We’re itching to trawl through all entries across the four categories and can’t wait to meet our 20 (no doubt brilliant) finalists.

Finalists will be announced here on Friday March 18.

See you soon!

...And don't forget to pencil in May 27 for our #RSSAU party in Sydney! 






Rising Soci@l Star, Australia’s first national talent search for up-and-coming social media influencers, is on the look out for the country’s hottest, smartest and coolest digital media creators.

Developed by Australia’s first influencer talent agency, The Remarkables Group, the talent search aims to deliver a fresh new platform for brands to engage with rising digital talent while also raising new influencers’ profiles in Australia.

All next gen digital influencers in fashion, beauty, wellbeing and travel across various platforms and channels (blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Vine, etc.) are invited to apply. The only criteria for entrants are they must be over 18 years of age, be Australia-based and have been running their platform for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 36 months on 29th January 2016.

After an initial call for entries, 20 finalists will undertake The Apprentice-style content challenges. The four winners will be chosen by a panel of industry judges, including Lisa Messenger (Collective Hub), Kate McKibbin, (Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily), Christina Butcher (Hair Romance), Tim Duggan (Junkee Media) and Lorraine Murphy (The Remarkables Group).

Winners will receive an initial six-month contract with The Remarkables Group and $4,000 in cash to jumpstart their channel. In addition, they'll get a scholarship with Secret Bloggers' Business and appear at Vivid Ideas 2016.

The four finalists will also act as an ambassador for one of Rising Soci@l Star’s top-profile brand partners (Qantas, Priceline and Bonds) and feature in Collective Hub – the magazine for game changers, thought makers, rule breakers and style makers.

Entries are open until 11 March 2016 and winners will be announced at the Rising Soci@l Star party on 27 May 2016.