These women inspired me to respect and admire women that have achieved great things, so I made a list of some of my greatest mentors.
1. Emily Faturoti (Grandmother)
While she may not be a global figure, my grandmother, Emily Faturoti, has been a shining inspiration since the beginning of my life. While they don’t get the same fame as the other icons on this list, sometimes the women we grow up with can have the biggest impact on your life. Growing up with my grandmother, I learned how to work hard but also how to love and laugh and feel joy. I have named every collection of mine after her to thank her for the love and support she gave me.
2. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is an icon among icons. She broke hundreds of barriers in her way and has become a symbol of truth, kindness, and strength. Her global influence has changed the lives of millions, including myself.
3. Malala Yousafzai
Becoming the youngest Noble Prize laureate after fighting and sacrificing herself for human rights, namely women’s education, it’s hard to believe she is only 24 years old now. After being shot, almost fatally, by those who opposed her battle for equality, she maintains her optimism and laughter.
4. Greta Thunberg
Another young and powerful woman, only 18 years old, is taking the world by storm. Sparking her global fame by protesting outside the Swedish Parliament by herself, more protesters arrived to join her crusade. She has spoken at conferences around the world to advocate for the future of our earth.
5. Mother Theresa
Mother Theresa founded a congregation that offered shelter for those suffering of HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis, some of the most taboo illnesses of the time. She ran soup kitchens, clinics, orphanages, and schools. To be in this congregation of nuns, members must take vows to bring free services to the poor wholeheartedly. Looking at her life, it inspires me to live my life for others, helping it whatever way I can offer.