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A - Z Of Inspirational Women - O is for...

Hey Grrrl,

It is time to celebrate amazing women again. I can't believe we are already up to O it seems like only yesterday I started this series. I have loved writing these posts because not only can I share women I find inspirational with you lovely lot but we can also discover more with your suggestions or while I am researching. That is the whole point of these posts to keep the power of inspiring women alive.


First up is a tricky one as lately this lady has been very problematic for the body positive community deciding to become a name for a huge weight loss company when she herself has known the struggles of being a plus size woman. However there is no denying that Oprah has jumped many hurdles and been a very inspirational woman. If not just for her performance in The Color purple. If you haven't seen the film it is mind blowing with an amazing performance from both Oprah and Whoopi. Oprah was also the first self made billionaire which is even more impressive when she comes from a working class background brought up by a hard working single mother. Oprah helps so many people every year through her show and charity work she takes part in my only issue is as a strong woman who already has a huge wealth fronting a company that makes people feel bad about their bodies is far from ideal. 


Olivia Wilde is an actress most known for her role in House. However you may not know that Olivia is involved with a number of charitable organisations to try and help us her influence to make a difference. She is a part of Artists for peace and justice who ensure education and health services are rolled out across under privileged areas in Haiti. Olivia has also been know to be an activist for youth votes, fair trade treatment of overseas farmer and is a keen vegetarian against cruelty to animals. A keen an outspoken woman who fights against the oppression of women and unjust treatment of people around the world. 


ORLAN is a fascinating creative woman. A French artist who now resides in LA Orlan is no stranger to using her body as art to express a woman's place in society. Orlan has created a number of  though provoking and to some shocking works of art. Often using her naked body to make a statement including those around female anatomy and menstruation. She has taken this work to a new level and is currently working on a series Plastic Surgery which has come under scrutiny my many. With this series Orlan is once again using her body as a canvas but this time literally in which she will undergo any bet of plastic surgery procedures to alter her appearance to that of the most idealised perfection and representation of women by men. This is an extreme comment on the ridiculous ideals enforced upon women through time.

Have I missed any? What do you think of these ladies?


18 comments:

  1. What a great post, and what amazing women, I love hearing and reading about inspirational women role models x

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  2. I love reading and learning about people, and these are certainly inspirational! Thank you for sharing x

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  3. I would not say thatI am a feminist per say, but I love reading about srtong powerful woman. I think we all are strong and powerful in our own way and lives, I know many and one is my mum.

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  4. Wow Orlan looks like such an interesting person, such great picks for O! x

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  5. A great post and to learn about people. The only I have heard of is Oprah but they all sound inspirational!

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  6. This is a lovely post. I love Oprah. She is like my hero.

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  7. These are awesome people. I used to watch Oprah so often. I loved her in The Color Purple too.

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  8. I love Oprah and I don't see any issue with her heading WW now. I am a WW ambassador and I champion positive body image, as does WW. Their focus now is on being kind to your body and being healthy. If that means weight loss to some, then that's great for them, but it's more about being kind to ourselves.

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  9. Oprah is definitely someone to look up to and here in the UK we don't see enough of her or hear much about her x

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  10. What a brilliant idea for a post series. I am also not an Oprah fan for the reasons you state.

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  11. I've seen Olivia Wilde in a few films but didn't realise she does so much to help others.

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  12. These women are certainly inspiring , I have only come across Oprah, she is doing a great job.

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  13. What a brilliant series! I love hearing that actors and other celebrities use their fame for good.

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  14. What great choices for O! I love Olivia Wilde, she is so amazing as a person and as an actress x

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  15. Great suggestions! I couldn't agree more about Oprah. I grew up watching her and learnt so much from her shows. She is an inspiration.

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  16. This is my first time hearing about Orlan but I am going to do some research because I find it fascinating how she is using her naked body to raise awareness of female anatomy and how it should be celebrated and not vilified.

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  17. I really like these posts - Oprah is an excellent example. In so many ways,out of reach to the majority of us but seemingly normal with her weight struggles and she loves reading so thats always a winner for me!

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  18. So many inspirational ladies in the media these days! 💪🏻

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