International Women’s Day was yesterday, but we should come together to celebrate the spirit and achievement of women everyday, not just once a year. In that spirit, I’ve highlighted some of the high-profile female celebrities that use their public influence and time to better the lives of others. Many celebrities give back regularly by donating money, I’m but focusing on those involved in the physical and social work it takes to make a difference. Keep reading for five celebrity women who are using their influence for good!
Oprah Winfrey is not only the queen of media and one of the richest people in the world, she is also a philanthropist that focuses on education, often donating tens of millions of her own money to charity. She has established her own charity organizations, Oprah’s Angel Network and The Oprah Winfrey Foundation. She also routinely donates time and money to other organizations and publicly promotes issues that otherwise struggle with gaining attention. She’s even received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work!
A list of celebrity social influencers would not be complete without Angelina Jolie. Jolie is an outspoken activist who routinely goes on field missions and raises awareness about refugees, war-torn countries, and women’s and children’s rights. Jolie is involved in several goodwill organizations, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Kids in Need of Defense, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is truly an example of one using their good fortune to help those in need.
South African native Charlize Theron focuses her humanitarian efforts on those suffering from HIV/AIDs with the support of her organization The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. Theron is also outspoken about preventing and stopping violence against women and girls. She was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2008.
Emma Watson is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and works to promote education for girls. In 2014, she launched HeForShe, a campaign for gender equality. Watson is so adamant about women’s rights and gender equality that she started a feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf, to help further promote these ideas across the world.
Supermodel and humanitarian Chrissy Turlington is a huge advocate for maternal health. After suffering from complications from her own pregnancy, she got involved and began helping underprivileged mothers have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. Her efforts include providing staff training to clinics with little resources. Turlington also directed a documentary in 2010 called No Woman, No Cry, which profiles the status of maternal health around the world.
Of course, there are many more female celebrities—and women just like you and me—who are actively involved in trying to better the lives of those less fortunate. Who inspires you in your daily life to make the world a better place?
’80s trends are coming back in a big way this year! The one we’re highlighting today is fishnet stockings, which are easier to incorporate into your everyday wardrobe than you may expect. The notion that fishnets are sexually aggressive or punk and goth in style is fading fast, and today, they’re an edgy style statement that can be paired with so much of your current wardrobe. Take a look at some of my favorite ways to wear fishnets this season!
1. Under Denim
For a fresh, modern way to incorporate fishnets into your wardrobe, layer them under your distressed denim or have then peek out from the top or bottom of your favorite pair of relaxed bottoms.
2. Fishnet Socks
Wear a pair of delicate fishnet socks with your favorite shoes to add a little bit of edge to your outfit.
3. Under a Dress or Skirt
Offset the femininity of a dress or skirt by pairing it with fishnet stockings.
4. Dress Them Down
To offset the generalized sexual stigma of fishnets, keep your outfit minimal and somewhat casual.
When it comes to fashion, knowing your brands is key, especially if you’re shopping at Crossroads. Having knowledge of high-end fashion brands will help you out tremendously. The first three places I look when I walk into Crossroads are the designer fashion racks, the consignment items behind the registers, and the clothes hanging on the walls above the racks.
Some of the name brands I’ve found over the past year include: Off-White, Bape, Maison Martin Margiela, Kenzo Paris, Burberry, Versace, Rag & Bone, Vince, Joe’s Jeans, Massimo Dutti, and Billionaire Boys Club. That’s not even including everything I’ve seen that doesn’t fit me! If you see a basic item priced higher than you’d expect, there’s typically a good reason behind it. You can buy quality brands for 50-80% off that are gently used.
If you’re just starting to get into fashion, I’d recommend following some fashion Instagram accounts for inspiration. Here are some that I follow:
It might seem like a lot at first, but I promise following these Instagram accounts will get you up to speed on fashion trends pretty quickly. Good luck!
There are a handful of celebrities whose street style I always pay close attention to and save for inspiration. They set trends while staying true to their personal style. The 5 ladies below have been my personal style inspirations in 2016, and I can’t wait to see what they wear in 2017!
This was the year that Selena seemed to blossom by taking risks and setting her own style standards.
The fashion “It” girl of the year, Kendall is fashionable whether walking the runway in couture or down the street in a tee and jeans. Her simple style is effortless, on trend and enviable.
Zoe has rock star genes, so it’s no wonder that she’s become a modern day style icon. Never one to play it safe, Zoe uses fashion to express herself, whether on trend or not. See more of her great style here.
From star of the reality show The City to a style inspiration, Olivia has genuine fun with fashion and trends.
Always looking pulled together and chic, Rosie has the perfect street style that inspires my everyday wardrobe.
The New Year is just a few days away, and while most have probably planned their party outfits, some are still stressing (hand raised!). If you’re looking for an alternative to the not-so-original party dress, take a look at some of my favorite options below.
A jumpsuit is effortless but will still give you the fashionable entrance you’re looking for.
A classic alternative. Look for fabrics like velvet and select bold colors to stand out in the crowd.
Sometimes all you need is one statement piece to be the talk of the party! Look for fringe, big statement sleeves and fun fabrics.
Focus on your bottoms by finding sequin or metallic pants to dance the night away in!
Keep it feminine and fun in a sequin skirt, a flowy midi or a dare-to-be-dramatic maxi skirt.
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