The Girl who Grew Up
Emma Watson has come a long way since she first graced our screens as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. Since then she’s modelled for top fashion labels, graduated from university, trained to be a yoga teacher and been appointed a UN Goodwill Ambassador campaigning for gender equality. The fresh faced 24 year old has handled her fame with grace and poise – her “HeForShe” campaign speech was met with a standing ovation, and we can’t wait to see what she does next!
From Refugee to the Runway
Alek Wek fled civil war in South Sudan, coming to London as a refugee in 1985. Here, she was scouted and fast became an international supermodel. Wek was the first African model to appear on the cover of leading fashion magazines, but aside from fashion and beauty she has dedicated her time to campaigning for refugees worldwide. Today Lupita Nyong’o sites her as an inspiration, as do we.
Malala Yousafzai is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. At just 17, the young Pakistani has dedicated her life to campaigning for worldwide education. Five years ago she was writing an anonymous blog, which in 2012, resulted in her attempted assassination. Today she continues to fight for her own education and for young people everywhere.
The Actress Turned Activist
The world’s most beautiful woman is far more than just a pretty face. Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker, Academy Award award-winner, humanitarian and UN Goodwill Ambassador – she’s also a mother of six and married to Brad Pitt. Jolie has travelled the world donating to charitable causes, as well as offering on the ground support to those in need.
The Ice Queen
South Korean figure skater Kim Yuna retired last year having never finished a competition off the podium. At 24 years of age she’s an Olympic champion, a published author, pop singer, TV host and philanthropist. She has been commended with her relief efforts in Haiti, Japan and the Philippines. She set up the “Little Yuna Youth Skaters Support Project” – a campaign dedicated to inspiring a new generation of skaters.