Being in the public eye isn’t the easiest job in the world. But there are certain individuals who use their success to influence the society in such a positive way and thus capture the essence of being a role model. This breed of women inspire us in different ways, not just as famed personalities, but as socially aware humans who stand for life-changing causes in their own way.
From Emma Watson’s fight for equality to Alicia Keys’ no makeup movement, here are 5 celebrities who make us want to be like them:
As a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson truly has an empowering voice which she uses to advance UN Women’s campaign on gender equality called HeForShe. She’s not just Hermione, Belle, or everyone’s favorite girl crush anymore. Emma has proven to be a feminist icon and an unstoppable force who genuinely cares.
Alicia Keys can belt out a good song like nobody’s business. But in a time when the pressure to look perfect is more palpable than ever, the singer pledged to never wear makeup and to embrace her natural beauty – freckles, curly hair, and all. And to be honest, she’s never looked more stunning. This girl is indeed on fire, and we’re happy to know that it’s okay to find comfort in our bare skin and let it breathe from time to time.
It’s no secret that the modelling industry is harsh when it comes to body image. But one lady has risen above all expectations, and it’s none other than Ashley Graham. Because of her, women around the world have gained more confidence in whatever shape they’re in. The current America’s Next Top Model judge and Miss Universe 2017 host actually just posted a photo of her in a bikini while lounging on a beach in the Philippines, flaunting her cellulites. All we can say is, “Yas, gurl.”
At last year’s AMA’s, Selena Gomez’s heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, and ultimately inspiring speech was truly the epitome of what makes her such an admirable individual. Whether she’s healing from a breakup, fighting depression, or transcending the need to be validated, Selena is the real queen of bouncing back. “If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken.” That’s all you need to hear.
If you need a new girl boss inspo, then Solange can play that part incredibly well. For her cover story on Interview Magazine, Solange was interviewed by her sister Beyonce, and as expected, it was exceedingly stimulating. While talking about her latest album A Seat on the Table, we found out that she’s not simply a singer-songwriter but also a stellar producer. Apparently, her three year’s worth of hard work is all about learning to say no and being firm about what you want in order to conquer an industry where men are the superior specie.