Being surrounded by feminine energy and girl power is one of the best ways to keep ourselves motivated. That’s why I decided to share with you the list of my top 6 female role models I look up to and tell you why you should look up to them as well.
It’s no secret that women have faced countless injustice throughout history.
Nowadays, there’s still a long way to go for us women to enjoy the right of equity all over the world.
According to the UN’s Human Development Report of 2019, “gender inequality remains a major barrier to human development.”
This report shows that, as I said before, there’s still a long way to go for us.
I consider myself a feminist not because I believe men and women are the same in every single area of life. But because I do believe that women and men are equal in value. And that doesn’t mean they’re equal in skills and abilities.
Men and women are equal in value because we’re all human, but we’re different in so many ways and that’s ok!
Today I want to celebrate the women who use their voices and their knowledge to inspire change. And I want to dedicate a space of my blog to women who inspire me.
These are women I look up to every day, one way or the other. Women I keep in mind whenever I’m about to make important decisions in my life; women who have helped shape my life vision, dreams, and ambitions.
These women are wise and aren’t afraid to show the world who they really are and what they believe in.
Each one of them is unique in what they offer.
Let’s celebrate these entrepreneurs, YouTubers, ex-first ladies with humble beginnings, Latinas, mothers. Let’s celebrate these wonderful women who fill a valuable space in society and our lives and remind us that we, women, are as valuable as men.
6 Female Role Models I Look Up To
Sascha Barboza (@saschafitness)
I’ve been following Sascha since 2014 and I LOVE her.
She’s all about teaching people how to make fitness part of our daily lives.
Sascha believes in moderation: she won’t share a crazy diet for you to follow, instead, she shares easy and tasty recipes you can make at home, plus easy-to-implement tips to live a healthy lifestyle.
I’ve learned so much from her during all these years and she’s the reason why I decided to give weightlifting a try, which I ended up loving, by the way.
She’s written two books so far and has her own line of whey proteins and other fitness products, which are Best Selling on Amazon!
Sascha embodies everything I want to become: a successful entrepreneur who’s a dedicated mother and, as if this weren’t enough, has an amazing and fit body. Plus, she’s incredibly smart and has an unparalleled personality and sense of humor.
She’s confident; you can tell she doesn’t give a rat’s ass about what people think of her (in the good sense). She’s honest and reliable. And she’s drop-dead gorgeous.
AND she’s Venezuelan, like me, which of course adds a special touch to the mix 🙂 ❤
I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset; I’ve wanted to be independent and have my own money my whole life.
Growing up, I was so scared of becoming a mom because I always thought I’d have to give up my biggest dreams just to be home and take care of my kids.
But Sascha taught me one of the most valuable lessons ever: you can be successful in what you want to do, look good and still be a devoted mom.
Sascha, I want to be like you when I grow up.
Before reading Becoming, the amazing autobiography written by Michelle Obama where she talks about growing up in Chicago and becoming the first lady of the US (plus everything that happened in between), I didn’t understand what the hype was about her.
I’m not American, and sure, I knew who the President of the US was and that he had a wife named Michelle, but that was it.
After I read Becoming, I started to understand.
Michelle Obama wasn’t only the wife of a President that made history by being the first black president in a country where still today racisms exists; Michelle is a historical figure herself.
She managed to defy the role of first ladies like any other woman in the history of the US.
She was more than just the wife of the president; she fought for her own causes, like battling obesity in the US (and got amazing results, by the way) and she became an advocate for the causes she believes in, like empowering black girls to excel in education so they can become whatever they want to become.
Michelle made Americans love her so much that people are still obsessed with her running for President.
In Becoming, Michelle tells the story of how lost she felt after college when she realized she didn’t want to be a lawyer. And that hit so hard because I read the book when I was battling with similar feelings myself.
What I loved the most about this book is how crazy it is to understand that people who go down in history are only humans, like you and me, and that no matter where you come from, if you make your education a priority, you can achieve amazing things in life.
Aileen Xu (Lavendaire)
Aileen is one of my favorite YouTubers of all time: her videos are like fresh air, they’re aesthetically pleasing, her voice is calm and, what’s most important, her content is top-notch.
She talks about all things personal development and lifestyle design and I love how she approaches organization, goal setting, and self-care.
I’ve been a subscriber for three years now and there’s so much I’ve learned thanks to her.
Aileen taught me it’s ok (and pretty common, actually) to feel lost and that, if you follow your gut, you’ll end up where you’re meant to be.
Following Aileen’s advice is pretty much what I’ve been doing in the past year and how I ended up building my blog and working on things that make me feel inspired and motivated every day.
Thanks to that, I feel like I’m getting closer and closer to be where I’m meant to be in this stage of my life.
Thank you, Aileen, for teaching us so much with your videos week after week.
If you need the ultimate “pepp talk” about relationships and how to love yourself more, then you need to check out Breeny’s YouTube channel.
And if you don’t, just go watch her anyway. I guarantee you’ll end up learning something valuable from her.
I love Breeny’s accent and how she speaks, I love how her skin looks, I love how she changes hairstyles week after week and most of all, I love her personality and the way she thinks.
Breeny’s pepp talks, which she records in her car, are my favorite ones of her channel and you should definitely go check her out.
If you haven’t watched Mel Robbins’ Ted Talk How to stop screwing yourself over, are you really living?
I was first introduced to Mel and her ideas thanks to that iconic Ted Talk. And I was mesmerized by her and her ideas.
Mel’s energy on stage is unbelievable and she has the power to make you want to jump out of your bed and start working towards your ultimate goals.
Which is why I love her and her videos so much.
Mel doesn’t sugarcoat things: she’ll tell you exactly what she thinks.
Plus, she wrote an amazing book called 5-second Rule which is a must-read in the productivity and personal development sphere.
By now I’m sure you can tell I love YouTube.
I do love it and I admire the people who make it there because it’s so, so hard.
Amanda Rach-Lee is another YouTuber I admire.
Her channel used to be about various topics but when she started creating videos about her bullet journal, the channel blew up.
So now she makes videos about everything related to bullet journals and stationery obsession.
What I love about Amanda is her art skills of course and that she managed to build a successful Youtube channel and business in a small niche with raving fans.
She’s an amazing artist and I wish I had the dedication to draw and keep a pretty bullet journal like hers.
Amanda is definitely an inspiration for me and I wish her success forever!
These women have shaped my vision and have also influenced my decisions in all areas of life.
They’ve helped me be a healthier person, they’ve taught me that feeling lost doesn’t mean you won’t find your way ever, they’ve inspired me to take action and pursue what my gut tells me to pursue.
What’s most important, from them I’ve learned that it’s possible to build a business around something you truly care about. That in today’s globalized world the possibilities are truly endless.
Thank you, Sascha, Michelle, Aileen, Breeny, Mel and Rachel for offering so much value to the world.
Keep up the great work and I hope someday I’ll be able to be like you, some way or the other!