Influential women are everywhere, especially film and TV. Are your favorite influential ladies on this list by Chelsea? Read on to find out...
The definition of influential is having or exercising influence or power. These 7 women have influenced me by using their known celebrity to change either their life or other lives for the better. These women are my inspiration for making the world a great place!
1. Angelina Jolie
«I’ve been reckless but I’m not a rebel without a cause.»
Angelina Jolie is on the top of my list because I have been obsessing over her since I first saw her in Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Not only is she a fantastic actress but she does well off screen as well. Angelina Jolie has never been shy of saying what she means whenever she wants and that is what I love about her. She has no reservation when it comes to standing up for women empowerment or supporting the less fortunate.
2. Lena Dunham
«I am anti-pants.»
I first laid eyes on Lena Dunham when I watched her indie film "Tiny Furniture". Her character instantly stuck with me as my New York counterpart. A couple of months later I heard about her new show Girls on HBO which has changed my world ever since. Lena Dunham is the creator, director, writer, producer and star of this show. Sound like a mouthful? It sounds like a successful woman to me. I could not imagine making this list without putting Lena on this list because we could all learn something from both Dunham and her bare-all character, Hannah, on the show.
3. Marilyn Monroe
«Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.»
Marilyn Monroe is every man’s fantasy and every woman’s idol. There are plenty of negatives and positives to Ms. Monroe, but I choose to focus on the positives. There is no denying that Marilyn Monroe was a street smart, young woman, who knew exactly what she wanted. Marilyn Monroe had plenty of imperfections that she did not deny nor hide; which has helped me to be confident in all of my imperfections as well.
4. Courtney Love
"You need to write on your own and produce your own life.»
Courtney Love is one of my favorite redemption stories. Living through addiction, the loss of her husband, and becoming a single mom can take a huge toll on someone but Courtney Love is looking great and I am sure she is feeling it too. Courtney Love teaches us that it is never too late to change your life, but you have to change it for yourself and no one else.
5. Kerry Washington
«So many struggled so that all of us could have a voice in this great democracy and live up to the first three words of our constitution: We the people. I love that phrase so much.»
Kerry Washington is a strong, powerful African-American woman both on-screen and off. I instantly loved her as Olivia Pope on Scandal and fell deeper in love with her while she promoted her new movie, Django Unchained. I know not many people watch celebrity interviews but Kerry Washington is a real pro. The way she talks about her heritage and how open and proud she is about being an African-American woman is truly inspiring for me.
6. Ellen DeGeneres
«I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.»
If you watch the Ellen Show, you know how she ends each episode. Say it with me: «Love one another.» Ellen DeGeneres is the epitome of love on t.v right now. Her never-ending positivity and compassion is what makes her a joy to watch. Every show she is either helping someone in need or showing us how there is still generosity in the world by showcasing everyday heroes. Ellen DeGeneres has showed many that spending your life helping others and loving each other makes a huge impact on everyone’s life.
7. Mae West
«You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.»
Fiesty. That is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Mae West. An icon to many and beloved by everyone. I have not met one person who has not enjoyed Mae West. Her humor and wit is what makes her one of the best actresses in the world, even to this day. She has a no nonsense attitude with a love for life (and men). Mae West is divine in everything she has been in and teaches us all to love the life you're living and to make everyday count!
These women are what keep me inspired everyday. I know there is a lot of hurt and sadness in the world, but when I hear about the things that these women have done, I feel hopeful. These are the type of women that we should be influenced by. Women that make a difference and teach us something. Now that you know my 7 influential women in TV & Film, I want to hear yours! Do you agree with my list? Should I have added someone? I would love to hear your thoughts.