Has there ever been a better time to be a girl? We don’t think so. It’s International Women’s Day tomorrow and to celebrate we bring you a list of leading inspirational ladies who got to the top through guts, determination and a whole lot of hard work. Amen!
Emily Weiss – Blogger/Business Woman
You may not have heard of Emily Weiss, but we’re pretty sure you’ve heard of her unmissable beauty blog Into The Gloss. Dreamt up in 2010 when Weiss was assisting Vogue stylist Elissa Santisi, ITG scours the bathroom cabinets of models, actresses and generally awesome women to see what they really use. Weiss would famously rise at 4am to blog before work, and tapped models and stylists for info when on shoots. Her hard work paid off – the site now gets over 300,000 unique visits a month.
Malala Yousafzai – Campaigner
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala hit the headlines back in 2012 when she was attacked by the Taliban on her way to school. Targeted for campaigning for women’s rights to education, Malala survived the ordeal. Last month she was nominated a second time for the Nobel Peace Prize for her continued campaign work. Pretty impressive – when we were her age giving a talk in assembly was considered brave. Buy tickets to see Malala talk at The Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival tomorrow.
Moko – Singer
We’re playing London-born singer Moko’s soulful debut Summon The Strength on repeat. Starting out as a gospel singer in her South London church, Moko made beats on a genuine 1997 MPC sampler in her spare time. As a result her knock-your-socks-off music has a distinctly ‘90s vibe. Also – amazing hair.
Donna Tartt – Novelist
Call us crazy, but we think a cuppa with US novelist Donna Tartt might be more exciting than sitting down to tea with Queen Bey. Mrs Tartt has been on our radar since we sped-read her first novel The Secret History – a murder mystery set in a privileged New England college. Her third novel The Goldfinch took her ten years to write, and it was well worth the wait. Warning – this book will have you in floods.
Jourdan Dunn – Model
Topshop cover girl Jourdan likes to break rules and she’s a model with a voice. Along with BFF Cara Jourdan has one of the biggest social media profiles in the industry and she isn’t afraid to speak out. Whether questioning issues of race in fashion or why couture won’t fit her curves, she’s also famous for her amazing culinary skills. If you haven’t seen her cookery show Well Dunn on Jay Z’s video channel Life + Times, check it out now.
Bridget Christie – Comedian
Bridget shot to fame when she became the third female to win the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award last year. Her shows Bridget Christie Minds the Gap, and A Bic for Her are a unique mix of side-splitting hilarity coupled with smart quips on how to succeed as a strong woman in a man’s world. Don’t miss her Soho gigs right here.