If there is one thing I love and know, it is that we ladies have the ability and strength to be go-getters, to be the best version we can be and to empower, compliment and inspire other women. Too many times I have seen girls thinking it’s a competition: who has the most ideal career, the perfect dress, the perfect Victoria’s Secret body and I think that’s a pity. I think that if women inspire other women, incredible things can happen. That’s why I wanted to write a blog post on women that inspire me everyday, from screenwriters and photographers to top models and actresses. Here’s a list of women I greatly admire. Cheers for these incredible ladies doing amazing things!
In addition to being of the most talented actresses worldwide and starring in a few of my personal favorites such as It’s Complicated and Julie & Julia, she is also one of the most inspiring women I have ever come across. She is unapologetically herself at all times, she stands up for herself and other women to take every chance and to never settle for less than what you are worth. One of the best things she ever said was: ‘The minute you start caring about what other people think, is the minute you stop being yourself’ and I completely agree.
This talented lady is one of the most gifted photographers and bravest girls I know. A native of Sweden, she moved from Stockholm to Paris to simply follow her dreams. She left her family and friends to move to the French capital to embrace the city and learn French. Her ever-inspiring photographs of Paris (and Cannes, Australia and London to name a few cities she has visited) always make me day and motivate me to always improve my own photography skills and to see beauty in even the smallest things. There is one thing she once said that is so definitely true and a little reminder for myself to take the time to enjoy life: ‘You only have one life so why not make the most of it?’
She inspired many, many women worldwide with her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love (I love this title by the way!). She seemed to have it all: a lovely home, a thriving career and a happy marriage. Still, she felt like something was missing and she decided to go away for a year. First she visited Rome, then India and later Bali. This was a time when she decided that it is ok for women to stop catering to others and live the life they want and not a life that is expected of you. One of the best things she said about her yearlong self-discovery: ‘You are allowed to honor your own life that you were given. And I feel like the book just got to people somehow that they hadn’t quite put together that they could do that.’
Millions have fallen for the enviable interiors in Nancy Meyers’ films, and I am no exception. The moment I first watched It’s Complicated, I knew I wanted the same gorgeous Santa Barbara home full of inviting spaces and laid-back California charm. A girl can dream, right? Writer and director Nancy Meyers is known for films with spaces as incredible and drool-worthy as their plotlines (who doesn’t adore the English cottage in The Holiday or the dreamy East Hampton home in Something’s Gotta Give?). She has impeccable taste when it comes to decorating and I simply love, love, love her films. Seeing her interiors and films always make my day!
Not only is she brimming with confidence and on top of the world, she is promoting the importance of a healthy lifestyle and is also part of a close-knit group of independent, strong and inspiring women friends that she has been building over the past few years, including Taylor Swift and Cara Delevingne, to name a few. I think Karlie provides a shining and perfect example of a woman shaping her own life in the best way possible.