In celebration of International Women’s Day, I thought I would share with you my top 10 list of the women I find most inspiring. In these women, I find drive and determination to succeed, overcome obstacles, strength of character and their career success to date amongst other things. All of which I aspire to and seek myself to one day achieve. Age is irrelevant and my list is in no particular order.
- My Mum
(Not pictured) Needs no introduction or explanation, a woman’s first inspiration should always be her Mum and mine is no exception!
- Vanessa Vallely
The East-end girl done good! I first wrote about Vanessa a couple of weeks ago after I attended a work conference where she was invited as a guest speaker. For the low down, revisit that post here.
- Karren Brady
I love Karren and her autobiography is excellent! She tells you like it is and she writes how she speaks –to the point and I like that; I hate unnecessary fluff in conversation! For me, she is the ultimate woman to aspire to be like in business.
- Jennifer Saunders
I have always admired Jennifer, I love her comedy and sense of humour. It’s my dream to ultimately achieve her writing success.
- Lorraine Candy
I was lucky enough to meet Lorraine a couple of times last year at Elle Insider events and I am a huge fan of Elle Magazine (as you all know). I feel it is one of the few women’s publications that really get their audience and blend together the right content to achieve the right level of engagement while being relatable. For a woman with four young children that you would never think looking at her petite frame, I love how Lorraine actively champions being a mum and a successful Editor while being effortlessly stylish. I want to be her!
- Anna Wintour
I admire Anna Wintour on the basis that although I am not a reader of Vogue, I admire how despite many thinking she should step aside and let younger, fresher eyes takeover the magazine, she holds her ground. I have watched the September Issue several times and the one thing that stuck out at me immediately was when she said that when filling out her college application, her Dad told her to put down as her career ambition to be the Editor of Vogue… And she is!
If you have just said ‘who’ then you need to read my post (here) specifically I mean all the popular female YouTubers & Bloggers who have become their own boss and made their own success and for the most part, are still in their early twenties. Incredible!
- Emma Watson
The face of the HeForShe campaign, Emma has become quite the young activist championing the right and need for gender equality. Known originally for her acting, she has shown that she is so much more than the darling of Hollywood. She is the young woman’s role model!
- Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Who doesn’t want to be Rosie right now?! I love how despite her incredible beauty, she has brains behind her looks that she uses to explore business ventures such as her collections with Marks & Spencer. I am seriously considering lopping my long locks off to match her enviable long bob. One for discussion another time I think! But in all seriousness, she’s another example of a young woman taking charge of her own career.
10. Lena Dunham
I am currently nose deep in Lena’s book, ‘Not that kind of Girl’ and I am really enjoying it! Similar to why I like Karren Brady, Lena tells it like it is but about life rather than business and I can completely relate. Not with everything mind, but the way she describes early boyfriends and relationship things are just so on point I just sit and giggle as I read. Her book aside, much like many of the women listed above, she too champions women’s rights and she uses this in her writing for film and television.
Who are your most inspirational women?
Until next time xFollow