When you think of the 4th of July, you may think of bbqs, fireworks and donning your best red, white, and blues; but we’ve got something else in mind. We’re blasting some Destiny’s Child and giving a shoutout to our favorite independent women (because it is called *Independence* Day after all!). These women are absolute trailblazers who are fierce, passionate, badass and ultimately paving the way for not just American women, but women around the world. NOTE: It was really damn hard to pick just 10.
We were first introduced to Molly Bernard on TV Land’s unsuspecting hit show Younger, where she currently plays the role of Lauren, a feisty redhead publicist. After debuting, the show quickly gained popularity, and consequently so did Molly’s character—one of the first pansexual characters publicly portrayed on television. We got the chance to chat with Molly about the struggles of being in Hollywood, the importance of self-worth, the reality of anxiety and the mentors that have helped her along the way.
Lea Delaria, most recently known for her role as Big Boo on Netflix’s hit show Orange is the New Black, is a comedian, actor, musician, activist and self-described “butch dyke.” But after talking with her, it’s clear that those descriptions only graze the surface. Ultimately, she wants to change the status quo and push the conversation further - and we were all ears to hear what she had to say! You’re gonna want to get to know the real, raw, and one-of-a kind Lea Delaria.
At just 26 years old, Olivia Culpo has taken on the universe, literally. In 2012 alone, she went from representing Rhode Island in the Miss USA pageant to being crowned Miss Universe. From modeling to acting to opening her own restaurant back home, Olivia is constantly evolving. And what inspires us the most? She is continuously using her platform to motivate her fans to find and feel the most beautiful versions of themselves. She is grounded, she is candid, she remembers the importance of family and friends, and she’s one of our fave ladies
Remember growing up and thinking how badass Carmen Cortez was in the 2001 hit Spy Kids? Turns out, the real-life actress who played the role, Alexa PenaVega, has grown into an equally badass woman. Just like all of us, Alexa has had struggles when it comes to health, insecurity, motherhood and more, but one thing she isn’t struggling with today is keeping the conversation real. So, we asked her some rapid-fire questions about herself. Cue the inspiration.
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards are almost here! And while we love a night filled with pushing-the-boundaries fashion and unforgettable music collabs, we’re hyped to the see the number of women nominated for a big award this year. Check out all the noms here!
At just 25 years old, Denée Benton not only found her calling as a Tony-nominated actress and singer, but figured out a way to be immensely successful in the arts when she had no roadmap to get her there. Growing up in southern Florida, it wasn't figuring out her passion that was difficult, but it was staying committed to her path that led to her success on Broadway.
you may remember florence + the machine as the makers of the monster hit “dog days are over” about ten years ago. or perhaps you know them for “shake it out,” the fun, upbeat single off their second album, ceremonials. but there is so much more to florence + the machine, starting with their insanely talented frontwoman, florence welch. welch, who has cited grace slick (of jefferson airplane) and alanis morissette as influences, formed the band in 2007 with teenage isabelle summers. since then, florence + the machine has released four studio albums, the most recent coming out this past friday!
We don’t know about you, but we’ve been rubbing the genie’s bottle for years hoping for an entirely new album of Christina Aguilera’s killer vocals. Now, it’s officially official: Our wishes have been granted.
MB Padfield’s story is unorthodox, but it’s hers. She began her full-time career in music as a young 16 year old in Massachusetts and has been following her passion ever since. She is raw and candid and lives life on her own terms, and she wants her fans to share in her story and experiences too. She is all about forming a “connection” between her music and people and we’re here to help facilitate.