Beauty has always been portrayed in an almost unachievable way in the media: to be slim, to be impeccably made up at all times, and so on. However, the women in this list have challenged (and continue to challenge) these unrealistic standards and are breaking the status quo.
A constant promoter of body-positivity and self-love, Ashley Graham is paving the way for plus-sized models. We love her TedTalks, her podcast and her new digital series Fearless with Ellen DeGeneres!
Not only is she hilarious but Mindy Kaling is extremely confident in her image and abilities. From writing for an iconic show (The Office) to having her own show (The Mindy Project), Mindy's been shattering glass ceilings for Indian-American women on television by embracing her appearance and empowering women everywhere!
Best known for her role on Orange Is The New Black, Laverne Cox is constantly breaking barriers for trans women. Everything she does from her groundbreaking cover for TIME magazine to her advocacy work is to promote self-love and rights for both trans women and women of color ❤️
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Through her multiple careers as a DJ, model, actress, and so on, Ruby Rose has constantly challenged traditional gender roles. She is a prime example of what it is to be your most authentic self and to rethink what beauty means for men or women!
From being a contestant on America's Next Top Model to landing modeling partnerships with top brands and features in popular magazines, Winnie Harlow has made major waves. Embracing her vitiligo instead of covering it up, her confidence and ownership is so inspiring ❤️
An icon, Tyra Banks has a lot of titles under her belt from being the first African American on the cover of GQ and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to having multiple of her own shows. Through The Tyra Banks Show and America's Next Top Model, she gave a platform to models of all sizes, race, and gender and promoted body acceptance and self-love.
Through these women and many more, we can change the standard of beauty and empower women of all sizes, gender, race, and appearance ❤️