Madonna, The Spice Girls, Oprah. All notable pioneers of the “girl power” movement. But who should we look to today, and why?
The phrase “girl power” is a term used to describe female empowerment, independence and self-assurance. In this day and age of social media where things like body shaming and online bullying exist, it’s important to look to those who say “suck it” to the world and just keep on doin’ their thang.
If you’re influential and you get to stand on the platform of fame in the fragile year of 2017, it’s far more important to be a good role model and use your beauty, talent and brains to help change the world.
So here’s a list of our five favourite girl bosses, who we expect will do even BIGGER THINGS in the future.
It’s Beyonce’s world, we’re all just living in it. Of course Queen B is number one on our list, there’s not many other bad ass boos that can compete with her. She’s got The Superbowl, Lemonade, Coachella and the perfect baby reveal under her belt, there’s literally no stopping her.
Other than her obvious musical accolades: Bey is a vocal feminist and continuously promotes strength and independence in her lyrics. Her charity organisation BeyGood, provides school supplies for underfunded schools and supports gender equality and environmental awareness. She often supports LGBT communities and her entire song “Formation” was an anthem for the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Go girl!
As the most followed person on Instagram, Selena Gomez holds a great responsibility to her fans to be a great role model. So far, she’s done pretty well. She constantly uses her platform to speak about mental health and body shaming.
She became UNICEF’s youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador and has helped raise money for hospitals, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Over the last few years she has (very publicly) endured a break up and has let her fans know it’s okay to be sad, but the world keeps spinning and there are more important things to life than crying over boys.
Actress, humanitarian and one-half of what used to be the world’s most beautiful couple *rocks back and forward, crying in the corner* Angelina Jolie is total girl power goals.
Off screen, Angie acts as a UN Goodwill Ambassador and a special envoy to the High Commissioner of the UNHCR, the United Nation’s division for refugees. She is a long-time advocate for women and children around the world and ever since undergoing a double mastectomy, now champions cancer awareness. She’s not often present on social media, though her work doesn’t go unnoticed in the media.
Lady Gaga has strutted to the beat of her own drum since her success with Just Dance all those years ago.
Not only is she a pioneer for “doing whatever the f you want”, she famously lends her support and her money to a social venture called Backplane that aims to connect fans and musicians online. A few years ago internet bullies started calling her fat and she fired back with a “Body Revolution” section on her website, where she encouraged fans to “be brave and post a photo of you that celebrates your triumph over insecurities”.
Our favourite childhood star IRL has transformed into the epitome of intelligence, inspiration and class.
She grew from Hermione into an outspoken and groundbreaking Women’s Rights Advocate. She’s graduated from both Brown and Oxford University and then used her fame and education to become a UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador. She used one of her first UN speeches to launch the #HeforShe campaign which promotes the acceptance of feminism and gender equality among both men and women.