In honour of International Women's Day, our top 5 girl crushes who have got the brains and ambition, as well as the looks and awesome wardrobes.
Sounds a bit random, but I grew up with The Spice Girls and genuinely believe that 'Girl Power' had an awesome impact on our generation. To then shake off the 'Wag' tag and the fashion industry haters to become a super successful designer in her own right, as well as a mother, wife and by all accounts a pretty good friend, is seriously awesome.
Caitlin Moran became an award-winning journalist at the age of 15! By 15 I the only thing I could win an award in was drinking White Lightening in the park. She's won numerous awards since, has her own column in The Times and has just had one of her amazing books turned into a TV show. I love her oversharing (we all need tampons, why the weirdness about discussing them?!) and the fact that she stands up for the people who need it. Plus, her letters to her daughters are some of the most gorgeous things I've ever read.
Could have easily dined out on being Hermione forever. Instead enrolled in a first-class university and became a Women's Goodwill Ambassador for the UN. No biggie.
Actress, writer, comedian, producer and director, Minday Kaling is ALL OF THESE THINGS and she's only 35. Not only is she bloody hilarious and successful, she is unapologetic about her confidence and slams those that judge her for being 'chubby' (please!), rather than for her brain.
Obvs love Lena Dunham for exactly the same reasons but I only had five places!
I am the same age as Lily Allen and I find pretty much everything she says about life to be relevant to me. Yes she is a mass of contradictions, but who isn't?! That's why I love her - sometimes I think I want to have kids and settle down, sometimes I want to run the country, sometimes I don't want to leave the sofa for days at a time. All these things are ok, we're still working shiz out, finding out along the way and not always knowing what's right.
You may know recognise this little powerhouse as the actress from Juno or Inception. Strong as she is cute, last year she delivered an emotional speech about being gay. Choosing to address her personal life live for the Human Rights Campaign, was beautiful and moving (I cried at my desk watching it). She is beautiful and easy to relate to regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation. And I commend her as an actress and a voice for any one struggling to live openly and authentically.
She even spoke out against the Queen giving anti gay politician Maurice Mills an MBE. Hard as nails.
Streep is arguably one of the greatest actresses of our time. She is charismatic, funny and full of class. Hollywood's shelf life for women is short, but Streep has defied this.
“I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.”
Not only is Streep a fantastic actress she is also the spokeswoman for the National Women's History Museum in America. She's is also joining Freida Pinto in screening 'India's Daughter' the documentary which has been banned in India. The screening is due to happen in NY tomorrow.
There is no doubt about it, Angelina Jolie is stunning. But it is her work as a human/woman's rights activist that makes her one of my top 5 women today. We can sit and argue the altruist debate but I am pro any celebrity using their status for good.
After losing her mother Jolie had preventive surgery for breast cancer. Once the procedure was complete she spoke about her double mastectomy in a magazine, hoping to help women make informed medical choices.
To top all of that she has entered the world of directing, in a male orientated industry it's nice to have a woman's point of view, literally. She is also married to Brad Pitt and has an army sized brood. Shall I go on?
There was a statistic in the news this week that stated fewer women are CEO's than men called John. I know this disgusts people as much as it disgusts me, but why is this still the case? Natalie is an example of a CEO (Net-A-Porter), who is successful, fashionable and most importantly a woman. She is also a mother. The glass ceiling topic is a blog post in its own right but I'd like to celebrate Natalie and her success. I'd also like her wardrobe please.
Rihanna does not give a shit and that is why I love her. It's not just the way she dresses or how she dances that makes her sexy but the way she carries herself.
Men and women should be able to express themselves how they want without prejudice. If you want to wear short skirts, heels, red lip stick, shave your head, wear brogues, don a tie, it is your choice.
Fashion wise Rihanna can wear baggy sweatpants, sheer tops, Ronald McDonald hair colour, anything, she pulls it off. I salute her for not caring what anyone else thinks. Feminists can be sexy too. My skirt is a feminist too, don't you know.