Happy International Women’s Day to all of the badass women out there! In recent years, I’ve been making more and more of an effort to recognize the women who are making strides and breaking boundaries in their industries, and I’ve been so inspired by so many of them personally. While it’s certainly hard to narrow down the list of influential women, I somehow found a way to do so. Here are five female influencers who have had a positive impact on my inspiration for both my professional and personal lives:
Health & Fitness: Sarah’s Day
[Okay, you can’t be that surprised that Sarah is first on my list ;-)]. Sarah’s Day [known as Sezzy to her followers] is a holistic health and fitness content creator. From YouTube videos to EBooks, Sezzy is dedicated to sharing her tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle [both physically and mentally]. One thing that is consistent across all of Sezzy’s platforms, whether it’s a YouTube video, podcast or her Instagram, is her motto to “listen to your body.” Although Sarah’s personal training regimine is extremely intense, she is always reminding her followers to take their fitness journeys at their own pace and to trust the process.
Professional: Laura Brown
If you know anything about me, you know how passionate I am about magazine journalism and how much I LOVE seeing women kick butt in the industry. Laura Brown, current editor-in-chief of InStyle Magazine, has spent her career establishing her name in the industry, with bylines at W Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar, where she was also the features, special projects and executive director. Laura has been a trailblazer in the magazine industry’s use of social media to capture audiences and is known for her engaging celebrity interviews. In short: Laura Brown is everything I aspire to be as a journalist.
Social Justice: Jameela Jamil
Jameela Jamil, most known for her role in “The Good Place,” has spearheaded i_weig, an international body positivity movement since 2018. The Instagram platform is designed to encourage people of all ages and genders to feel comfortable in their own skin and has collaborated with celebrities like Sam Smith to spread the message. Contrary to popular misconceptions about the body positivity movement, i_weigh’s mission is not to glorify one body type over another, but rather to spread a message that you are loved, regardless of the number on the scale or the size of your jeans. You can read more about the i_weigh movement in my archives.
Lifestyle Content Creator: Daniella Monet
Daniella Monet has gained a significant Internet following since her days as Nickelodeon’s Trina Vega on “Victorious,” and understandably so. As if her workout recommendations and yoga flows weren’t inspiration enough, Daniella is also the #Girlboss of two vegan-inspired brands. Kinder Beauty Box delivers vegan and cruelty-free makeup, skincare and other beauty products straight to your door every month and Sugar Taco offers authentic vegan Mexican dishes. PLUS, she and her husband also host “Adulting Like a Mother Father,” a podcast dedicated to sharing tips with new parents. From skincare to food to podcasting to motherhood and more, Daniella Monet is a woman who balances a variety of talents, and she does so effortlessly.
Artist: Kimberly Douglas
Kimberly Douglas [known as @kihmberlie on Instagram and Twitter] is a high-fashion model whose photos have earned her an accumulated 302 thousand followers. What sets her apart, though, is that she is a one-woman production. Not only is Kimberly the face in front of the camera, but she is also the creative mind behind the photos and even makes her own costumes and sets. As an up and coming model, most of Kimberly’s sets use simple household items, but still maintain the sophistication of high-end fashion photography.
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