2022 W Awards: Dani Laidley turns heads in a daring pantsuit

Dani Laidley turns heads in a daring pantsuit at the W Awards alongside girlfriend Donna Leckie – while Richmond’s Monique Conti is the definition of chic simplicity

They’re usually covered in mud and seen in sports shorts and sneakers.

But Australia’s best female footy stars proved they certainly have a glamourous side as they gathered at the Crown Plaza hotel in Melbourne on Tuesday for the W Awards.

Leading the glamour at the biggest night in women’s footy was Dani Laidley.

Leading the glamour at the biggest night in women's footy was Dani Laidley

Leading the glamour at the biggest night in women’s footy was Dani Laidley

The AFL legend, 55, opted for an all black number with lace trousers and open toe heeled shoes

Contrasting her girlfriend, Donna was a vision in white opting for a Marilyn Monroe inspired old Hollywood style gown with a sweetheart neckline and A-line skirt

The AFL legend, 55, opted for an all black number with lace trousers and open toe heeled shoes. Contrasting her girlfriend, Donna was a vision in white opting for a Marilyn Monroe inspired old Hollywood style gown with a sweetheart neckline and A-line skirt

The AFL legend, 55, opted for an all  black number with lace trousers and open toe heeled shoes.

Dani, who played for men’s  teams West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne, before announcing she was transitioning to female in 2020, was joined by her girlfriend Donna Leckie.

Contrasting her girlfriend, Donna was a vision in white opting for a Marilyn Monroe inspired old Hollywood style gown with a sweetheart neckline and A-line skirt.

Also joining the pair was Gillon McLachlan, Chief Executive Officer of The AFL, who opted for a classic tuxedo for the glamorous night.

Also joining the pair was Gillon McLachlan, Chief Executive Officer of The AFL, who opted for a classic tuxedo for the glamourous night

Also joining the pair was Gillon McLachlan, Chief Executive Officer of The AFL, who opted for a classic tuxedo for the glamourous night

One of the favourites to pick up awards was Monique Conti of Richmond Football Club who looked absolutely stunning in a sleek number.

The 22-year-old looked gorgeous in a strapless silky black gown with lace up stilettos.

She added a monochrome contrast with a white miniature handbag and let her brunette tresses flow long and loose.

One of the favourite to pick up the awards was, Monique Conti of Richmond Football Club, who looked absolutely stunning in a sleek number

One of the favourite to pick up the awards was, Monique Conti of Richmond Football Club, who looked absolutely stunning in a sleek number

The 22-year-old looked gorgeous in a strapless silky black gown with lace up stilettos

The 22-year-old looked gorgeous in a strapless silky black gown with lace up stilettos

She added a monochrome contrast with a white miniature handbag and let her brunette tresses flow long and loose. Ellie Blackburn of the Bulldogs, Monique Conti of the Tigers, Sarah Hosking of the Tigers and Bonnie Toogood of the Bombers are seen

She added a monochrome contrast with a white miniature handbag and let her brunette tresses flow long and loose. Ellie Blackburn of the Bulldogs, Monique Conti of the Tigers, Sarah Hosking of the Tigers and Bonnie Toogood of the Bombers are seen

The star opted for a glamourous make-up look, adding a creamy pink eye shadow and black mascara to the look.

Monique smiled in delight as she enhanced her natural beauty with lashings of red blusher.

Meanwhile, teammate Sarah Hosking went for an alternative look in a bright white suit.

Meanwhile, teammate Sarah Hosking went for an alternative look in a bright white suit

Meanwhile, teammate Sarah Hosking went for an alternative look in a bright white suit

Adding a touch of risqué to the classic style, midfielder decided to wear the look without a top showing off her ample assets in a bright red bra.

Sarah posed up a storm with  team Grace Egan, who looked stunning in a classic little black dress with lace cutouts.

Joining her was Bulldogs star Ellie Blackburn who looked radiant in a bright orange gown with black heels.

The AFL star showed off her tattoos with large cut outs in either side of the dress while she added further glam with a gold chain and Hollywood style make-up look.

Joining her was Bulldogs star Ellie Blackburn who looked radiant in a bright orange gown with black heels

Joining her was Bulldogs star Ellie Blackburn who looked radiant in a bright orange gown with black heels

Ellie was joined by Bonnie Toogood of Essendon Football Club, who perfectly complemented her in a yellow silky number with a thigh high split

Ellie was joined by Bonnie Toogood of Essendon Football Club, who perfectly complemented her in a yellow silky number with a thigh high split

Ellie was joined by Bonnie Toogood of Essendon Football Club, who perfectly complemented her in a yellow silky number with a thigh high split.

The awards are held at Crown Palladium and broadcast live on FOX FOOTY.

The AFL best players, as well as its top grass all gather for the glamourous night.

Gemma Houghton and Indy Tahau of the Power pose for a photograph during the AFLW Awards at Crown Palladium

Gemma Houghton and Indy Tahau of the Power pose for a photograph during the AFLW Awards at Crown Palladium

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