5 Women We Look Up To — And Think You Should, Too
As a society we pay a lot of lip service to the negative impacts of the media. They’re sending the wrong message, we say. That’s not what we want, we cry. And sometimes we’re just plain right. But other times, we have it so very wrong.
This post on The Huffington Post blog claiming that Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence body shames with her pro-healthy words simply because she falls into society’s standard of beautiful made me cringe. Not because I don’t worry about body shaming and body image, but because I felt like she just plain couldn’t win.
Sometimes a message is good — beautiful even — and we can take it as just that without trying to break it apart for the negatives.
There are so many reasons to look up to a woman. Here are 5 women we look up to wholeheartedly and why we think you should, too!
For her message about body image…
Jennifer Lawrence is the strong, beautiful, quirky star of The Hunger Games. In an article in Entertainment Weekly, Lawrence was quoted as saying, “I'm never going to starve myself for a part. I don't want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner!' … I [try] to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.” We love Jennifer for every word and message she sends about what being strong and fit means.
For her message about heart…
Glennon Doyle Melton is the beautiful writer of the blog Momastery and the best selling book Carry On Warrior. Glennon’s message that women are strong — with their minds and their hearts — can be distilled into her key messaging: Love Wins, We Belong to Each Other, and We Can Do Hard Things. We love Glennon for the heart messages she regularly sends like her recent urging don’t be pretty, be beautiful by filling up with the beauty around you.
For her message about smarts…
Rachel Stafford is the stunning writer and voice behind The Hands Free Revolution, a blog, a book, and a movement to let go of distraction and hold on to what really matters. We love Rachel for her beautiful views and words the fact that she’s stayed true to her messaging and built up a true revolution (94, ooo people strong and growing!) by being savvy, smart, and genuine.
For her message about humor…
Ellen DeGeneres is an author and TV personality best known for her humor. She makes people laugh with her quick, clever wit. There are so many funny quotes to pull from Ellen – this being one of my favorites: (on what life would be like with an identical twin) “Every morning, I would come down to the kitchen and I would see myself making coffee and I would think ‘oh, she's pretty'.”
But this one really explains why her brand of humor is one we look up to, “I'm glad I'm funny. I'm glad I make people happy, because that's very important. But I'm most proud to be known as a kind person … Because kindness spreads, and the world is a little nicer out there.” We love Ellen because she uses savvy, smart humor, not humor that's used at the sake of others.
For her message about giving…
Beyonce Knowles might be best known for her music and glitz, but her list of good deeds is really, really long. On a big scale, she co-founded a Survivor Foundation to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, a Music World Cares Christmas Carnival that provided a day of fun for over 300 low-income households, and held a series of food drives before her concerts in 2006. She was also an Ambassador for the 2005 World Children’s Day, and released “Stand Up For Love,” the anthem for the event which takes place annually around the world on November 20 to raise awareness and funds for children’s causes. But some of our favorite acts of goodness that she’s done are her more discreet ones, like when she visited two people who were injured during a fireworks accident at one of her concerts. We love Beyonce for the way she steps back to look at big pictures and the good role she can play within them.
Who are some of the women that you admire?