Forces for Change: The women who inspire us
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This month’s British Vogue was brought to us by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Despite being on the receiving end of an inexplicable amount of abuse in response to her cover, which features female ‘Forces for Change’, we love the celebration of womanhood and female power that Meghan has gifted our newsstands. So, the fashion team at The National Student put our heads together to compile five more women that we’d include, should Edward Enninful ever leave the editor’s chair free for us to perch upon.
With an aesthetic as distinctive and admirable as her morals, Florence Given has built an empire based entirely on celebrating every woman, everywhere. Now Cosmopolitan’s Influencer of the Year 2019, she’s changing what it means to have an impact on the internet: there’s not a flat tummy tea or a discount code for a questionable clothing company insight. Instead, she uses her impressive platform to change the way we see womanhood and female sexuality, making for an inclusive, celebratory, and highly aesthetically-pleasing corner of Instagram. Maura HigginsView this post on Instagram
There’s no denying that Love Island is a cultural phenomenon and this year was more popular than ever, and that’s partly down to (ok, entirely down to) one Maura Higgins. When the Irish ring girl sauntered onto our screens lusting after Tommy Fury little did we all know that we had a new national sweetheart on our hands. She changed the way sex and female pleasure were discussed on TV, with a no holds barred attitude to chat. Despite being open with her sexuality, Maura did not let this be a way for men to take advantage of her... slamming Tom Walker, who joked about “finding out if she was all mouth or not”. What followed was one of the most epic showdowns in Love Island history. A true queen. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezView this post on Instagram
Who says a politician can’t be intelligent, kind, AND caring? Definitely not Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who manages to do all three with ease. She’s the Captain Marvel of Congress in a world where Trump doubles up as a cinema villain.View this post on Instagram
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Alongside being a mother, Adele has released three best-selling albums by turning her heartbreak into music. She has also done several concerts for charity and is a strong supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. Coming from humble beginnings, she is now believed to be the 22nd richest musician in the UK. Alongside her riches, the 31-year-old has won 13 Grammys, four BRIT Awards and an Oscar for her James Bond theme tune ‘Skyfall’. Most important, though, is the reality that she has become one of the most successful women in the industry without conforming to society’s narrow-minded expectations. Bria VinaiteView this post on Instagram
In a world where tragedy seems to be striking us at every corner, actress Bria Vinaite is a spot of sunshine in a land of gloom. The actress, who had her breakout role in 2017’s The Florida Project, was discovered via Instagram. She uses her account (@chronicflowers) to promote the importance of self-love and individuality, as well as taking a strong stance on a multitude of issues we are facing as a society today - from LGBTQ+ rights to gun control laws. She approaches everything with a hopeful and positive mindset and is exactly the type of person everyone needs to see on their newsfeed in 2019. Who would you include on your cover? There are so many game-changing women out there, we only wish there was enough shelf space to include them all. Lead image credits: The Duchess of Sussex: Northern Ireland Office via Wikimedia Commons Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: US House of Representatives [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons Adele: Marc E. via Wikimedia CommonsView this post on Instagram