Are you tired of being misunderstood in a male world? Hollywood’s top celebrities are thriving in Hollywood by breaking through male-stigmatism, giving us a positive hope for our future. Plus, they’re giving us some empowering quotes that will motivate us to live life to the fullest and not how we are expected to.
Even though feminism has tackled many aspects that were degrading women, there are still many issues that women still face. Topics such as domestic violence, right for abortions, lack of equity in a man-dominated world are many of the hot-topics that we face daily. Thankfully, a large handful of celebrities are advocating for women’s rights.
From Emma Watson inspiring us with HeForSpeech to Kristen Stewart defying the “no flats” rule on the red carpet. We celebrate these powerful women, who are determined to breakdown the barriers and rules that prevent true gender equality around the world.
Kristen Stewart (@kristenstewartx) ditched her heels at the Cannes Film Festival this week, defying the rule that women cannot wear flats while walking the red carpet. She posed for the cameras wearing a pair of Christian Louboutin stilettos, that’d we all die for. Then, while the cameras were still clicking, she boldly removed her heels and walked the rest of the red carpet barefoot.
This is not the first time that the Twilight star has spoken up about the arcane dress code. In 2016, Stewart told Vanity Fair that this policy needed to change saying: “Does he have to wear heels? It can work both ways. It’s just like you simply cannot ask me to do something that you are not asking him to do.”
Rihanna (@rihanna) has been using her music to empower women, but recently she has gotten more vocal about gender equality and inclusivity for all women. Rihanna believes in celebrating all types of bodies, by creating her makeup line, Fenty Beauty that offers more than 40 different foundation shades and her new lingerie line, Savage X Fenty, that will provides sizes up to 44DDD.
Rihanna told Vogue in a interview last week how she deals with the body-shaming trolls online: “I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.” Body positivity goes a long way, stop taking yourself so serious and learn to love your body.
She might not be a Hollywood star but she is every young girl and women’s ideal role lady. Just watching her in action, reminds all of us that we have the power inside of us to change the world. Picking one specific empowering quote from Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) is a difficult challenge but we have narrowed it down to two.
Michelle said the following in an interview with the magazine Women’s Health in 2014: “Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters – on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”
She advised the National Women’s Council of the following: “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own “to do” list.”
Back in 2015, Emma (@EmmaWatson) launched her HeForShe campaign, by giving a speech at the UN Headquarters; at which she called out to men globally to fight for gender equality stating, “It’s your issue too.”
When appointed as the U.N. Women’s Goodwill Ambassador, she proudly spoke out saying: “Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong.”
Emma has taken social media by storm as her main media for empowering women worldwide. On a live Facebook feed in 2015 she said: ” Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do, or cannot achieve. Do not allow it.”
In 2015, Angelina gave a speech at the African Union Summit about women’s rights nationwide. Addressing the fact that there is a global epidemic of violence against women, which is often treated as a lesser crime and lower priority, she stated that we need more women defending women’s rights.
Empowering women worldwide by stating: “There is no greater pillar of stability than strong, free and educated women. And there is no more inspiring role of a man who respects and cherishes women and their leadership.”