So the other day my mother was talking to me about how I'm under-motivated in life and that I need to find some inspiration and get my life into action, career wise that is. I turned towards my beloved Hollywood, and listed a list of women who have made it huge, and HOW:
25. Evan Rachel Wood
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The beautiful and oh so young Evan Rachel is notoriously known for her 1 year relationship with Marilyn Manson, which ended in 2008, only to get engaged to him in 2010 which didn't last very long either. The 23 year old has had some fascinating roles in the Beatles inspired movie “Across the Universe” as well as the critically acclaimed “Running with “Scissors”. She is also a talented singer as proved by her debut album!
24. Leighton Meester
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I just LOVE her for her portrayal of Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl. The 24 year old was born in a Texas State Hospital, considering her parents were in jail for drug trafficking when she was born. From the lock-up to being a tabloid darling, Leighton has come a long way!!
23. Lauren Conrad
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Lauren first appeared on the MTV reality show “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County”. She then showed us the college life when she appeared in the MTV series “The Hills”. Apart from these projects in her kitty, the absolutely gorgeous Lauren is also a spokesperson for “Mark”, an Avon line marketed towards the younger female market.
22. Julianne Hough
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Julianne was AWESOME on Dancing With the Stars but look out now!!! She’s traded in her dance shoes for cowboy boots. Her self-titled debut CD landed at number 1 on the Billboard charts. She’s gorgeous, sings and dances!!! Whatever more could one ask for?!
21. Emily Von Camp
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This Canadian-born actress can speak 3 languages! Most well known for her role on “Everwood”, Emily is now playing Rebecca Harper on the ABC hit drama, “Brothers & Sisters”. However, she does have a nasty habit for dating her on-screen brothers. Emily was engaged to Chris Pratt from “Everwood” and has been dating Dave Annabelle from “Brothers & Sisters”. Wow, reel-life incest for this lovely lady?
20. Blake Lively
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Blake has grown-up with celebrity parents. Her real-life father, Ernie Lively also portrayed her father in the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” movies. Her character on “Gossip Girl”; Serena Van Der Woodsen shares her taste in men, as Blake was dating Penn Badgley who plays Dan Humphrey. Strangely enough, they’ve known each other since they were homeschooled together as small children. What a small world eh?
19. Gemma Arterton
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Gemma got her big break when she starred as MI6 Agent Strawberry Fields in "Quantum of Solace". The voluptuous siren has since been linked to a string of men. Can't blame her, can we? This woman's a definite one we must look out for!
18. Keira Knightley
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This English beauty is an Academy Award Nominated English actress and model. She began her career as a child, her most prominent role being that of Sabé in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Keira won the part of the Queen’s Decoy due to her close resemblance to actress Natalie Portman. Keira has gone on to star in several films including Bend it Like Beckham, The Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy, Love Actually, Pride and Prejudice and Atonement. Her tall and waif-ish frame make her stand apart from her peers, as well as her acting prowess!
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The gorgeous brunette got her start by playing the lead role in the film, Harriet the Spy. After that, she starred in several films, including, Ice Princess, EuroTrip, and 17 Again with Zac Efron. She has also been on several TV shows including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gossip Girl and House, M.D. Not only is she an acting success, she’s a linguist too! Michelle, who was raised by a German Father and a Russian Mother is fluent in Russian and German!
16. Emma Roberts
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She may come from a famous family (Her dad is Eric Roberts and aunt is Julia Roberts), but Emma is making a name for herself in Hollywood. After making her acting debut at age 9 in the critically acclaimed film, Blow, she went on to star in several feature films including Aquamarine, Nancy Drew and Wild Child. Roberts also released an album, entitled, Unfabulous and More in 2005.
15. Amanda Bynes
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Cutie Amanda Bynes is originally from Thousand Oaks, California. Amanda got her start on Nickelodeon in "The Amanda Show" and immediately established herself as the funny girl next door. At one point, Forbes named her as the # 5 highest paid celebrities under 21. She has also launched a clothing line that was available at Steve and Barry’s. Multi-talented? I think so!
14. Maria Sharapova
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This Russian bombshell burst onto the scene by winning 3 Grand-Slam Tennis titles. In addition to her stellar tennis skills, she’s modeled in several arenas. Her biggest layout, most notably, was the July 2008 Sports Illustrated shoot. Taking into account her tennis and modeling, she was the highest-paid female athlete in 2008. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!!!
13. Aimee Teegarden
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This California-girl-next-door starred in NBC’s Friday Night Lights playing the role of Julie Taylor. Aimee grew-up as a “regular” girl in a LA suburb with her family and pets surrounding her. When she’s not filming she works with several LA based charities. Aimee was the Fall 2008 spokesperson for YMI Jeans. A young, famous and pretty woman committed towards philanthropy? I LIKE!
12. Lindsay Lohan
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She's my favorite “Bad-Girl”. Having grown-up in front of our eyes, from her roles in “The Parent Trap” to her tumultuous relationship with her family, getting arrested for driving under the influence or for drug-possession, and now her public relationships with a bunch of hunks and then with female DJ Samantha Ronson, we’ve witnessed Lindsay face it all. Lindsay can act, sing and hang-out, but she just can’t seem to do all those things with any self-respect.
11. Lyndsy Fonseca
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Lyndsy broke into acting playing “Coleen Carlton” on the CBS daytime drama, The Young and The Restless. After her 3 year contract expired she left Y&R and has appeared in several other television shows. In 2007 she landed her role on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. She was nominated for an award at the 2008 Screen Actors Guild but did not win. She also played Katie Deauxma in "Kick-Ass" and is currently playing Alex in CW's Nikita. All in all, a talented girl who is as pretty as a petal. We can't complain!
10. Emma Stone
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Emma convinced her parents to let her drop-out of High School and pursue acting with a Powerpoint presentation (what the hell!!?) She left Arizona and headed for LA with her mom by her side. She landed her breakout role in the successful film “Superbad” and then landed a lead in the movie “The House Bunny”. Her latest movie, Easy A earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Go girl! She enjoys working on her computer and would eventually like to move into Film Production. Interesting, perhaps she could consider a career involving...Powerpoint?
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Why anyone would want to leave the beautiful island of Barbados is beyond me. However Rihanna has done pretty well for herself! She has become the first female artist from Barbados to win a grammy and has a hugely successful music career. She has landed 5 #1s in her career and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. From the flaming red hair, to the cool tattoos, I absolutely love Rihanna's style!!
08. Vanessa Hudgens
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This California girl has become a household name due to her role in the Disney “High School Musical” series. Vanessa has released 2 albums but neither have generated much publicity for her. Vanessa is a spokesperson for Neutrogena and Sears but perhaps what this cutie is most well known for is her relationship with HSM co-star Zac Efron. Sadly, the duo recently called off their 5 year relationship . I hate to sound pessimistic but young love seldom lasts and considering Hollywood's standards, these two have actually done pretty well.
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This New Yorker landed her first roles on daytime drama, first on ABC’s All my Children and the her second role as Lizzie Spaulding on CBS’s Guiding Light. Then along came the role of a lifetime as Sheryl Yoast in the Disney file, “Remember the Titans”. Now that she’s all grown-up you can see her portrayal of Claire Bennet on the NBC drama “Heroes”. Hayden is involved in several charity groups and was also dating her Heroes Co-star Milo Ventimiglia. Hayden seems to have a thing for older gentleman but hey, who are we to pass a judgment on her personal life?
06. Emma Watson
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This French-born actress has gained international fame playing the role of Hermione Granger in the wildly successful ”Harry Potter” film series. Emma has always remained in school, even while filming the series which is incredibly commendable. Level headed, elegant and downright gorgeous...that's Emma!
05. Megan Fox
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This Tennessean has gained fame with her smoldering good looks . She has appeared in films such as Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and most notably her role in “Transformers”. She is also recognized for her role on the ABC sitcom “Hope & Faith”. Her acting "talent" maybe so-so but heck, she looks divine! Also, Megan has been very outspoken about her identity as a “bisexual”. Wild child? Hoo yeah!
04. Mary Kate Olsen
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The child superstar along with identical twin Ashley from "Full House" went on to become teen divas, and also victims of bulimia! From being troubled to being involved in her alleged boyfriend Heath Ledger's suicide case, Mary Kate has really had a complete wild ride!!! I really wouldn't wish to be her in shoes, really. Such lovely women, and yet such trouble-magnets, tsk tsk.
03. Selena Gomez
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Gomez was born in Grand Prairie, Texas to Ricardo Gomez and former stage actress Mandy Teefey. Her father is Mexican American and her mother is of half Italian descent. Gomez began her acting career at age seven, playing Gianna on Barney & Friends. She said that she learned "everything" about acting while on the show. She is also a successful singer, her single "Naturally" went Platinum! Trivia? Selena wears a purity ring since she was 12 years old. Chastity and Fame, hand in hand? That's rare!!
02. Miley Cyrus
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Hannah Montana a.k.a Miley is a household name. I won't bother elaborating on her bio but everyone would know this: She achieved wide fame for her role as Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel sitcom Hannah Montana. That said, Miley then went ahead to pursue a career in acting , her last movie being "The Last Song". Her personal life is pretty hectic too, having had boyfriends from Nick Jonas, to models, and lately, her co-star, the Australian hottie Liam Hemsworth who she recently split with. I'm not so sure about her new, overtly sexual image in her single "Can't be tamed" but I guess, a girl's gotta grow up sometime!
01. Lady Gaga
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SHE IS MY HERO. Yes, I mean it. At such a young age, to have created such a major impact in the music industry and in the minds of people is a great task. I love how outrageous, bold and unconventional Gaga is. Coming from simple beginnings, Gaga always felt like she didn't "belong". Not until she discovered her alter ego Lady Gaga, and her passion for music. With global chart-toppers "Poker Face", "Bad Romance" and "Telephone", this lady has us dancing to her tunes, literally. Gaga attributes much of her early success as a mainstream artist to her gay fans and is considered to be a rising gay icon. Early in her career she had difficulty getting radio airplay, and stated, "The turning point for me was the gay community. I've got so many gay fans and they're so loyal to me and they really lifted me up. They'll always stand by me and I'll always stand by them. It's not an easy thing to create a fanbase." Aww!! I love her!
So here we are ladies and my pretty boys. 25 celebrity women under age 25. Some battling the side effects of stardom, others making the most of it. I guess there's always a flip side to everything, but then hey, its not like everyone falls into the ugly trap right? What do you think? Did anyone else deserve to be on this list for accomplishing so much within age 25? Let me know!!!