This past Sunday the world celebrated international women’s day, but the most encouraging feminist celebrities are actively engaged in reforming the female image every day. The women on this list may be beautiful, feminine, and sexy, but their message to young girls and adult men is unanimous: support equal opportunities, respect all people in spite of their gender, and don’t judge women based on their appearance. However, it’s not all just talk with these ladies: their careers and public behaviour exemplify the feminist spirit in many ways, thereby acting as positive role models.
In fact, some of the gems on this list can also be found in our previous compilation of child stars that turned out just fine, so if you’re curious to see which other stars stray away from Hollywood clichés, take a look. But for now, check out the most encouraging feminist celebrities and why their fan base just keeps on growing.
6. Yoko Ono
This little lady may have become known for standing by her man’s (John Lennon) side, but apart from protesting peacefully, Yoko Ono was also a supporter of the gender equality movement. While she’s still actively engaged in reshaping the female role through her art, it was her essay on “The Feminization of Society”, written in 1972, which really put her on the feminist map.
5. Oprah Winfrey
Everybody loves Oprah because of her feminine and empathic nature. However, the TV star is also a superb role model for girls and women around the world, given her success story. Starting out as a broadcaster submitted to unequal pay, Oprah decided to go her own way and now hosts one of the most popular daytime television shows in history. She also founded the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.