As we start to approach the last months of a very eventful year, we think it is important to acknowledge some of the incredible inspirational women who have helped us to get here. Whether it’s been through sharing their work, inspiring us, or something else entirely, here are some ladies who’ve pushed us to get through the year in the best way. Discover Chitè top 5.
Most inspirational women 2021: Taylor Swift
As always, Taylor Swift has been providing us with tunes fit for every emotion you could think of, this time with her re-release of the flawless album Fearless, and soon to be (re-)released, Red. Her music both old and new continues to help us through hard times and provide a perfect soundtrack for good ones!
After being presented with the BRIT Award for Global Icon earlier this year, Swift told her supporters: “A lot of people watching who have goals and ambitions and dreams for themselves. I need you to hear me when I say there is no career path that comes free of negativity. If you’re being met with resistance, that probably means that you’re doing something new. If you’re experiencing turbulence or pressure that probably means you’re rising. And there might be times when you put your whole heart and soul into something and it is met with cynicism or scepticism, you cannot let that crush you, you have to let it fuel you because we live in a world where anyone has the right to say anything that they want about you at anytime. But just please remember that you have the right to prove them wrong”. This advice is so important and we think all of us should take it on board and believe in ourselves!
Most inspirational women 2021: Nikki Lilly
Nikki Lilly is a charity campaigner, YouTuber, author and television presenter from the UK. She was diagnosed with an AVM (arteriovenous malformation) when she was just six years old. An AVM is when the blood vessels in a certain part of the body are incorrectly formed, which causes an enlargement of the veins, leading to swelling, pain and bleeding. Nikki’s AVM has caused the right side of her face to change. Her social media presence, which has accumulated an enormous following between all the different platforms this year in particular, (and rightly so!), is beautifully honest, encouraging, and informative. The Butterfly AVM Charity was founded by Nikki Lilly and her family and continues to do amazing work to fund research into this condition, aiming to help those who live with AVMs receive the best treatment and live out their dreams!
Most inspirational women 2021: Malala Yousafzai
For years now, having survived the Taliban herself, Malala has been campaigning for girls’ education, all while constructing a life of her own in the UK and embarking on incredible journeys and achievements, such as her autobiography I Am Malala, winning a Nobel Peace Prize at age 17, and so much more. This year, she has continued to campaign and educate people about the need to protect women and girls in Afghanistan as the Taliban unfortunately took control. Furthermore, the 24-year-old told Vogue of how her headscarf is “a cultural symbol for us Pashtuns, so it represents where I come from. And Muslim girls or Pashtun girls or Pakistani girls, when we follow our traditional dress, we’re considered to be oppressed, or voiceless, or living under patriarchy. I want to tell everyone that you can have your own voice within your culture, and you can have equality in your culture”.
We are so grateful for women like Malala and Nikki who selflessly use their platforms educate others, and make people realise that being different doesn’t have to be a negative thing!
Most inspirational women 2021: Lizzo
This talented singer not only shares the most positive of vibes with her songs like Juice, but she also shares vital education surrounding body positivity and black history. Performing at Central Park, Lizzo discussed how the land was formerly Seneca Village, an affluent black community who were pushed out so that the park could be built. Lizzo also gave an insightful TED Talk about how among other things, twerking derived from black culture and has been both criticised and appropriated by majority-white pop culture.
Most inspirational women 2021: Emma Raducanu
I couldn’t possibly talk about inspirations of the year without mentioning this outstanding role model! Emma Raducanu won the US Open in New York this year, becoming the first woman to do so since 1977! At just 18 years old, she has risen to fame for all the right reasons, and with such elegance. Also speaking to Vogue, Raducanu said: “My mum comes from a Chinese background, they have very good self-belief. It’s not necessarily about telling everyone how good you are, but it’s about believing it within yourself. I really respect that about the culture”. It’s wonderful how this young woman has achieved so much, and undoubtedly inspired others to strive for the same success, and encouraging other girls of colour to embrace their heritage.
It was challenging to choose just five women who have inspired me this year so far, as there truly are so many! These five in particular though bring something really special to society, and we hope you’ve enjoyed reading about them. Stay strong, queens!