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Nationwide Search Presented by JCPenney to Celebrate Best-Dressed Women throughout the U.S. 

NEW YORK  (August 12, 2014) -- Redbook today announces the winners of the first-ever Real Women Style Awards, a nationwide search to celebrate stylish women with real bodies and real budgets, presented in partnership with JCPenney.  The 10 winners who were selected will be featured in the September 2014 issue of Redbook magazine, on newsstands nationwide August 12.

“Everybody loves the drama of a best-dressed list, but let's be honest: while it's fun to see celebrities and royalty done up in designer gowns and jaw-dropping jewels, we all know that those women have teams of stylists and personal shoppers to keep them looking great,” said Meredith Rollins, Redbook’s editor in chief.  “We were thrilled to partner with JCPenney to showcase America’s true style stars - the real women who put together amazing outfits that fit their busy lives.”

To enter, Redbook readers were encouraged to upload at least three photos showcasing their best looks to  More than 3,000 photo submissions were received and 65,347 online votes were cast to decide the top 25 finalists.  A panel of judges including celebrity/designer Jessica Simpson, designer Lela Rose, celebrity stylists Brad Goreski and June Ambrose, Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant, style bloggers Joanna Hawley (of Jojotastic) and Tanesha Awasthi (of GirlWithCurves), helped Redbook editors choose the final 10 winners.

“For more than a century, we’ve been committed to offering sizes, brands, styles and prices that fit the real life needs of our customer. Having the right fit is emotionally powerful and gives our customers the confidence they seek to put their best foot forward,” said Deb Berman, senior vice president of marketing at JCPenney. “We love the diversity of people we fit, which is why we couldn’t be more proud to partner with Redbook on the Real Women Style Awards and celebrate the style of real women across the country.”

 The winners of Redbook’s first annual Real Women Style Awards are:

·         Brittany Davis Morris (Houston, TX)

·         Caroline Harper-Knapp (New York, NY)

·         Catie Beatty (Seattle, WA)

·         Georgette Niles (Philadelphia, PA)

·         Karla Reed (Salt Lake City, UT)

·         Kendi Sheen (McKinney, TX)

·         Kimberly Smith (Fairport, NY)

·         Maria MacNamara (Chicago, IL)

·         Marisa Zerby (State College, PA)

·         Victoria Locke (New Haven, CT)

In addition to being featured in the September 2014 issue, all 10 winners received a trip to NYC for the photo shoot along with a $500 shopping spree at JCPenney.

About Redbook

Redbook ( is the shopping and style guide for today’s modern women, full of smart fashion, real beauty and stylish, do-able recipes and décor tricks.  Curating the very best products and ideas, Redbook helps its nine million readers enjoy their nonstop lives.  As an iconic brand thriving in print, online, mobile and social, Redbook makes great style accessible for every woman.  Follow Redbook on Twitter and Facebook.

About JCPenney:

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to fitting the diversity of America with unparalleled style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,100 stores and at, customers will discover a broad assortment of national, private and exclusive brands to fit all shapes, sizes, colors and wallets. For more information, please visit



Tuesday, August 12, 2014