These Are the Women Inspiring Us In 2016
We can't wait to see what the new year brings for these amazing ladies.
2015 was The Year of the Woman, with many female personalities making the headlines in all the right ways, and an emergence of relatively unknown women whose selfless actions have put them in the spotlight. But the reality is that all women are inspiring in their own ways. And this is an idea that Susan Sarandon sums up best:
"I admire all women," the actress and L'Oreal muse told us. "I think women are extraordinary. They are the glue that holds everything together, for their families and for themselves. Many women that I admire in life are heroines who accomplish the impossible through their imagination and strength, but are not celebrated in public."
Like Susan, we think it is important to stop and admire the heroines out there making our world a better place.Here we've selected six female powerhouses to keep an eye on this year.
As Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg's right hand (wo)man, Sheryl Sandberg is a business woman who knows what she wants and fights as much as she can when it comes to the role of women in business.Even when hit by a terrible misfortune (her husband died suddenly in last May while they were vacationing with their two young children), she didn't lose her fighting spirit. On December 29 of last year, she wrote a poignant message on Facebook explaining that for 2016, she had made a resolution: write down three happy moments from her day before bed each day, because, as she says, "happiness is the ultimate act of provocation."
The story of Joy Mangano is extraordinary. As a young mother and divorcee in the 90s, she had just one wish: to improve the lives of those around her. And so she developed her invention: the self-wringing Miracle Mop, a device that prevents the user from getting their hands wet, thus avoiding injury caused by bending over to wring the fibers. Her invention was a tremendous success. The result? From humble beginnings, she is now a self-made businesswoman whose impressive career inspired the new movie JOY, directed by David O Russell, with Jennifer Lawrence in the title role.
Karly Loyce became the face of Céline last summer and is now one of 2016's most promising models. Starring in Kenzo's new campaign and featured in i-D magazine's special 35th birthday edition, she's in high demand right now. And if the French beauty decides to pursue a career outside of fashion, she'll have lots of options, as she's currently finishing a degree in biology. This girl has it all!
Most of us know Jessica Alba as an actress, but in reality she is much, much more. In 2011, the star and mother of two started Honest, a company that sells organic products for babies. A force to be reckoned with, Jessica topped the ranking of the richest self-made entrepreneurs last year by Forbes, and in December received an award for Honest's commitment to the well-being of families. Some of the company's profits are donated to a charity devoted to children and one of the foundations it supports, Baby2Baby, came to the aid of 100,000 children last year.
Malala has been an inspiration to us for quite some time. But in 2016, Malala Yousafzai's fight will be presented on the big screen thanks to a documentary called He Called Me Malala, directed by Davis Guggenheim. Through this, everyone can (re)discover the story of this amazing young woman who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban while she was on her way to school. Since that day, she has received a Nobel Peace Prize and continues to fight ceaselessly for women's rights and the education of young girls.
She made a big impact as one of the strongest, funniest female personalities of 2015, and we have no doubt she'll continue to do the same this year. Let's be honest: no introduction is needed for Amy Schumer. Comedian, actress, writer, and all-round badass, Amy doesn't hesitate to break the rules. From constant inappropriate jokes and her subversive feminist sense of humor, she is single handedly redefining beauty standards and showing that you can be super hot at any size along the way.
With the huge release of Trainwreck last year, Amy's only just getting started: she has a full plate of projects for 2016 and she's about to become the first female comedian to perform at Madison Square Garden. No wonder she was chosen by Annie Leibovitz to appear in the 2016 Pirelli calendar, which this year honored inspirational women. We love you Amy!