This June, Cohorted are once again paying tribute to our female trailblazers in the industry. It can’t be ignored that some of the most successful founders are women, despite past society creating a stigma around females who curated their own empires. Within business, it’s thanks to some amazing ladies who shaped the business landscape for the modern era.
Self empowerment is something we want to encourage all year round, so we’ve highlighted women that we feel are influencing society for the best.
Winnie Harlow is a new female inspiration of mine, who I discovered through Victoria Secret. Victoria Secret allowed Winnie to be the first model with vitiligo to walk in their Fashion Show, especially with the fashion industry being particular about their models. I admire her being proud and open about her condition especially with something that cant be hidden or treated. It shows that everyone should be comfortable within their skin and Winnie is a true example of that.
Rupi Kaur is best known for her self-published collections of poetry; milk and honey, the sun and her flowers and recent release home body. Touching on personal and societal issues, Rupi is now a best-selling author and has opened up a world of honesty through her literacy and illustrations which inspire her followers on a daily basis.
Her powerful, bold and honest writing gives comfort to those experiencing the same. Touching on self love, personal development, relationships, trauma, healing and so much more, there is something for everyone in her work.
A female I find particularly inspiring is Lottie Tomlinson. Little sister to one direction’s Louis Tomlinson and all-round girl boss! Lottie is only 22 and has built her own tanning empire which is now one of the most well-known self-tanners in the influencer world (and irl)!
Asides from her career, Lottie has gone through many personal and family struggles, yet still manages to remain a strong, glowing girl both inside and out. Her independence, passion, motivation and mindset continually inspire young females like me, who are trying to make their dreams a reality.
Michelle Obama is best known for her service as the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Despite her success as the first African-American woman to serve in this position, in her own right she is a graduate of two top US Ivy League universities and is also a two-time bestselling author.
As a self-made woman she is a true inspiration. An advocate for poverty awareness, education and nutrition she is a real role model for women everywhere. She has supported American designers and was considered a fashion icon and topped a poll of the most admired woman in America. Her strength of character, compassion and action for good is really inspiring to young women who are trying to figure out the kinds of people they want to be and how to make their own way in the world.
At just 24 years old Grace Beverly has graduated from Oxford and successfully runs 2 multimillion dollar companies, making big moves within the health and fitness industry. Sustainability and inclusivity remain at the core of Graces businesses, sending an important message to her followers and customers without becoming overly ‘preachy’.
Her vast achievements as a young women and work ethic is nothing short of inspiring. Grace has recently wrote a book ‘Working Hard, Hardly Working’, focusing on the unrealistic pressures of modern work culture to offer a fresh take on how to effectively balance your own life to become more productive and fulfilled.
I really admire her honestly and openness about work life balance, running business and the pressures of the industry and for me is definitely an inspiring figure.
Conna Walker is renowned for working from the bottom to the very top. Conna, the founder of House Of CB and Mistress Rocks displays a true example of how believing in your vision and taking the leap to cultivate your own brand can pay off in the long run.
At 17, Conna started House Of CB with a £3,000 loan from her dad selling dresses from her bedroom on eBay. Now House Of CB has flagship stores and global recognition that delivers luxury woman’s wear to the likes of Beyonce and the Kardashians.
Conna represents small beginnings and following your passion doing what you love. Who would’ve known a 17 year old selling clothes on eBay would be included in “Forbes 30 Under 30” and have a multi-million pound business.
Jesy Nelson is best known for being part of girl-group Little Mix, but she has also spoken very candidly in the past about her struggles with mental health. Her BBC Documentary; ‘Odd One Out’ brought to light the impact that cyber-bulling can have, which ultimately inspired many people to think twice about what they were saying and doing online. Her strength and bravery to talk about these subjects so publicly is something I really admire and I hope it encourages more people to do the same.
Meghan Markle has ticks all the boxes, from being a successful actress to her work as a civil rights activist. She’s overcome many obstacles and has dealt with the turbulence of being in the limelight with grace.
Meghan is well-known for using her platform and voice to discuss and shed light on important global issues which are close to her heart. As if changing the world for the better isn’t enough, she does it with style, class and sophistication. Meghan is a true fashion icon and has faced all ups and downs of being a new British Royal under tabloid scrutiny. I admire her honesty and resilience (and flawless complexion).
A female inspiration of mine is Chessie King. She’s best known for sharing her own story on body positivity, self love and has just released a new book called “Be Your Own Best Friend”. At 28, Chessie is now expecting her first baby and is still producing great content on how to feel confident in your changing body. I really admire her outlook on life, and how she can stay positive in negative situations such as hyperemesis gravidarum during her pregnancy.
Hopefully Chessie can make more people aware on how to love your body and is inspiring for many more young women at there.