As 2018 draws to a close, we always take time to reflect on the past 12 months – the good times, the bad times, but also who has truly inspired us and have taken 2018 by storm. Though we are supposed to be unique and follow our own life path, it’s still perfectly ok to be inspired by strong, beautiful women with amazing work ethic.
Despite everything that has been thrown at them in the past, the three women that we want to talk to you about at Rebel HQ have made 2018 their year – and so can you with faith, hard work and determination. So you may not have a movie out next year, but with such ambition, maybe you’ll have a biopic filmed about you in a few decades’ time (a girl can only dream)?
Let us take you through 3 independent women who don’t take any nonsense and have rocked 2018, and just watch this space – we’re pretty sure they’ll surprise us even more next year. And just remember Rebels – it’s not too late for you to transform your year!
Whitney Wolfe Herd – The Businesswoman Behind Bumble
Bumble has buzzed its way into our lives and has become the app to download – as normal as it would be to download Facebook or Instagram. Back in the day, Wolfe Herd was the only female co-founder behind Tinder, and despite the lows that it put her through (notably her sexual harassment case against her ex and fellow co-founder Justin Mateen and the CEO Sean Rad), it didn’t stop her from getting back on her feet. In fact, she did better than Tinder – she created a dating app that was actually with the times, with Bumble, women make the first move if they like the look of someone, just like they can avoid them and not face backlash. And this empowering attitude doesn’t just stop at the app – Bumble HQ follows rules that encourage women to encourage each other. If you say something behind a colleague’s back, you will be fired! We love this ethic of women empowering women and not encouraging bitchiness in the workplace – it must be an inspiring place to work!
Now, Bumble isn’t just a dating app either – it’s become a lifestyle. Not one to stop at the first hint of success, Wolf Herd has developed Bumble BFF to meet your friendship soulmate and Bumble Bizz for networking. It’s not really a surprise that she was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2017 and 2018 – we’re sure she’ll make the list again in 2019!
We all knew Lady Gaga could sing and dance, and her acting debut in American Horror Story made us her love on the smaller screen as well as her eye-opening documentary Five Foot Two, but this year, she has quickly become the queen of cinema. When it was revealed that she was one of the stars in the Bradley Cooper-directed remake of A Star Is Born, we were beyond excited. After all, who doesn’t love a music flick? But she really made jaws drop with her portrayal of Ally, and her chemistry with Bradley… Critics had wondered if she could really act in such an emotional, classic movie, but she made it her own. Lady Gaga has proved this year that she is a triple threat – the movie showcases her raw talent, and makes us aspire to make such a bold move, whether it’s in our personal or professional lives.
Being successful doesn’t mean being 100% happy, as Lady Gaga has proven. We also admire her for speaking out openly about her battles with depression, and her documentary also touched on this. Despite struggling with these issues, this doesn’t stop her from working with her own charity, the Born This Way Foundation, alongside her mother Cynthia, to help young people get the same opportunities and to be heard. This year she received the Global Changemakers Award with her mother for their charity work.
Victoria Magrath – In The Frow And Onto The Shelves
British influencer Victoria Magrath was pretty much our inspiration anyway, studying for her PhD in fashion all whilst creating and developing her blog. 2018 has been a big year for Victoria – at the beginning of the year she launched her own capsule collection with luxury brand Strathberry, which sold out overnight, and in November, she published her own book – The New Fashion Rules, about the impact social media and modern day technology has had on the fashion industry. She speaks about her own experience in the industry as well as reflecting on the fashion industry’s past and present.
Along with collaborations with her favorite brands – Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and Victor & Rolf but to name a few – she isn’t afraid to keep it real, she vlogs her emotions and the impact of influencing on her personal life. She’s not faking an Instagrammable lifestyle, which is refreshing in today’s industry.
We also admire her for her bravery - the #MeToo movement encouraged her to speak out about her story of sexual assault on her YouTube channel and on her blog back at the end of 2017. After 4 years of him not being caught despite clear CCTV evidence, her video and support from followers allowed her attacker to be caught this summer. Though she received vile comments and threats, she didn’t back down and continued to stand for what she believed in.
Who has inspired you in 2018? And what do you want to achieve in 2019? Get planning those resolutions now and dream big Rebels!