10 Influential Women Of Hollywood You Would Want In Your Girl Squad

10 Influential Women Of Hollywood You Would Want In Your Girl Squad

Here is MY ultimate girl squad
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When we think of girl squads, we think of Taylor Swift’s “prestigious” friend group that entails only the A-listers of Hollywood. We think of how anyone whose name is known through social media is in her friend group and everyone is labeled as Taylor’s “best friend.” Okay, I might be a little bitter I don’t have as lavish of a life as her. But the term “girl squad” has taken on a meaning for everyone these days. Girls everywhere call their group of friends their squad and talk about specific celebrities they’d kill to have in their group. But what if we could put together THE ultimate girl squad? Who would you choose? Why would they be chosen? As a 22-year-old woman influenced by social media and what society tells us is right and wrong, here is MY ultimate girl squad, and who I want fighting on my team at the end of the day.

J.K. Rowling

If you don’t know who she is, I suggest you get out from under your rock. She created one of the greatest series of books that first introduced the world to the fantasy world of wizards and magic and the fight of good versus evil. The names “Harry Potter” and “J.K. Rowling” go hand in hand as the creator and her creation that shook the world. It’s now been decades since she went from living on welfare to creating this multi-million-dollar franchise that has become the definition of some people’s childhoods. Not to mention she is the only person on the worldwide list of billionaires to lose her spot and be taken down to the millionaire's list because she has donated an absurd amount of money to various charities.

Emma Watson

Speaking of Harry Potter, Emma Watson is one of the greatest actresses to come out of this series. But rewarding her for the impact she has on Harry Potter is almost an insult. She has gone above and beyond doing so much more aside from just Harry Potter. She has broken out of her role and played multiple characters in other movies. Playing an American teenager in “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and her latest role as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast” she has proved that Hermione Granger is just one character on her resume. But perhaps the most aspiring role she has played is of herself. If you haven’t seen her speech to the United Nations about gender equality, I suggest you watch it. Right after she received her Masters from Brown University, she gave this speech that went viral around the world and people realized she inhabited both beauty and brains.

Michelle Obama

As FLOTUS, Michelle Obama taught us that the First Lady isn’t someone to stand in the background of her husband. Nor did Barack allow her to. She taught the world that perhaps the saying, “behind every great man is a great woman” is indeed true. Barack always paid homage to her and she never used it against him but rather thanked him for the tributes. Aside from being First Lady, she became the nation’s Mother. Proving she was loving, affectionate, and influential to both Malia and Sasha, she passed her wisdom through her campaigns about fighting childhood obesity and what it means to be a parent in this spotlight. Now that she’s out of the spotlight she is still influencing the nation with her wisdom and advice in all sorts of headlines and stories. Not to mention she has fabulous arms!

Ellen DeGeneres

Providing laughter and smiles to America, Ellen’s long-running talk-show has provided us with average guests and highlighted their achievements. making them famous and turning their lives around. She can take some of the most hated people in America, put them on her show, and somehow influence everyone to like them. For example, when she brought Kim Kardashian on the show and had her talk about her Paris incident, the world felt sorry for her and saw a different side of Kim. One that only Ellen could bring out. Ellen has also paved the way for same-sex marriage and what it means to be "different." She has taught us all that it doesn’t matter who we are or what we entail, as long as we are true to ourselves.

Oprah Winfrey

Possibly the wealthiest woman in the world, Oprah has given back to the world in more ways than one. Her talk show that ran for 25 years hosted guests from celebrities to Nobel Prize Winners, to everyday people who had a story to tell. She has reunited families from Africa after the genocide in Rwanda, put thousands of children in poverty through college, and provided a school in Africa for girls who are not allowed an education. This is just a fraction of the work that Oprah has done for the world. She has struggled with her own personal issues, she grew up in poverty, was sexually abused by a close family member and overcame racial inequalities in the media world. She is one of, if not the first, black woman to make a name for herself in media. It’s fair to say if you can be addressed by just your first name, you’ve made it big. Oprah has done exactly that. She has changed lives across the world and changed the views of what a talk show can provide to viewers.

Karlie Kloss

Now usually I am not one to incorporate ANYONE from Taylor’s squad. But Karlie deserves a spot on this list. She might be a Victoria’s Secret angel but that doesn’t mean she inhabits the stereotype. In fact, she’s not the norm at all. She’s probably one of the brightest women in that entire industry, being a guru on coding. She even has her own academy and program called “Kode with Klossy.” At NYU she is studying computer science and hopes to take on a career in that industry. I guess modeling is just a fun side hobby she takes part in on the side? Did you ever wonder why we didn’t see her at the 2016 VS Fashion Show? Homegirl was too busy studying and didn’t want to get distracted. Snaps. To. Her.

Malala Yousafzai

If you haven’t read “I am Malala,” I suggest you go to the nearest bookstore and pick up your copy! The girl who protested her right to an education in Pakistan was shot in the head by the Taliban. Miraculously, she survived the gunshots and now speaks about women’s rights in education and bettering herself. Though she has had multiple death threats thrown her way thanks to the Taliban, she advocates that she is not living in fear. She will continue to outsmart them and prove that love, peace, and unity will overcome all that the Taliban can throw her way. Oh, I forgot to mention. At 16 years old, she became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Casual, right?

Tina Fey

From her stint on SNL to all the movies she’s starred in, she has brought laughter to many. Her whole life she has been viewed as a nerd who didn’t fit in with the popular crowd. That didn’t stop her from being herself and becoming the woman she is now. Her outlet was telling jokes and making people laugh, which turned a defense mechanism into a hobby, which landed her a career. She constantly advocates that beauty isn’t what will get you far in this world, but it’s the way you use your beauty and what your brains and talents can do for you.


Jackie O

No one says classy like the Kennedy family, am I right? Not only is she the most influential woman in the fashion industry, but she taught us how to walk in heels all while looking as classy as can be. Long before Michelle Obama and Nancy Reagan lived in the White House, Jackie O was balancing motherhood, her role as a wife and influencing woman in America in the mid to late 60’s. Nothing says classy like this woman who gave us round sunglasses and at one point the “World’s Most Eligible Bachelor.” But perhaps what we should praise her most on is her education. She didn’t marry into the Kennedy family strictly for money or fame. She was equally as educated as John and could have had her own career if she needed. When her husband was shot right in front of her, she did what any mother had to do and raised her two children on her own. She became a single mother who had a nation standing right behind her to applaud her brave performance through the good times and bad.

Princess Diana

Lady Di brought class and good looks back to the Royal Family. Thank god for her looks because could you imagine what the world would be stuck with if she wasn’t the mother of William and Harry? Going from commoner to royalty, Princess Diana never let the fame and status get to her head. We possibly saw her in casual clothing more than we ever saw her in gowns and dresses. She was close friends with people like Elton John who, though he was famous, wasn’t royalty. She did more philanthropic and charity work than she did sitting in her palace doing nothing. And she worked closely alongside Mother Theresa and other influential people in history. Though she has passed, her legacy still lives on in her two boys who are dedicated to doing charity work and giving back to the world as their mother once did. The Royal Wedding was one of the biggest events that was broadcasted on national television around the world, and her death brought millions to mourn her passing. Lady Di is someone that has had an influence on many and will continue for decades to come.

So the next time you’re thinking of some of the most influential women that are out there in Hollywood and in media, remember what these women were capable of doing. They didn’t use their looks to get them far in life. They used their education and their ability to give back to get them where they are today. If more girls sought woman like these to be in their squad, the girl world would be a better place.

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.
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When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...

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"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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