Every year, a new generation of talented and powerful women – models, musicians, actresses, and more is ushered in. And it usually doesn’t take long for these empowering women to emerge onto the scene as ‘It’ girls. Click through for all the proof you ever needed that these ladies are about to run the world. Cause everyone knows #WhoRunsTheWorld – Girls.
Professionally, as an actress, Shailene Woodley is mesmerizing in each and every role, she’s the kind of actress everyone always positively raves about. Personally, Woodley is a star beyond measure. She is an avid environmental activist, who actively protested against Dakota Access Pipeline – she documented her activism via her social media accounts and was also arrested for criminal trespassing while protesting. Woodley is also a board member of Our Revolution, a political organization geared toward educating voters about issues. Bar none, no one is as tough or brilliant as Shailene Woodley.
Kendrick started off her career as a child actor in theater productions, then a few starring film roles later, and everyone knew her name. Apart from acting and singing, Kendrick also penned her memoir Scrappy Little Nobody. What puts her on the map as an “It” girl is her ridiculously stunning fashion sense, her humble nature, and humor. She is the kind of Hollywood star that us mere mortals can relate to. Just take a look at her social media sites or listen to some interviews – she sounds like a total Average Joe and we love her for it.
A supermodel with a powerful walk and classic looks, Karlie Kloss is a force to be reckoned with. However it’s her work off the runway that’s most impressive – Kloss is an avid programmer. She partnered with Flatiron School and Code.org to offer a scholarship “Kode with Karlie” to empower young girls and women to prepare for a tech career. Kloss also partnered with Momofuku Milk Bar, creating Karlie’s Kookies, where proceeds go to hungry children around the world (through FEED Projects). It’s safe to say that Karlie Kloss is without a doubt, an “It” girl.
With her sassy and rebellious attitude, Cara has changed the label on what it means to be a supermodel. It’s part of the reason many fashion designers enjoy working with her, but as of late, Cara has turned her focus on acting – as it’s what she’s always wanted to do. Oh, did we mention she’s also a bit of a fashion designer herself? She designed two fashion collections for DKNY and Mulberry. As a massive animal lover, Cara donates a lot of money to various organizations like WildCRU.
All hail the Twitter queen, Chrissy Teigen. Apart from having the sharpest, most relatable humor, Teigen is also wife to John Legend with whom she has an adorable baby girl. Chrissy was discovered while working in a surf shop and her modeling career skyrocketed after that. When she isn’t dominating the fashion modeling scene, she’s also an incredible cook and writer. In 2016, her cookbook Cravings was released and quickly became a New York Times bestseller.
Once Ellie Goulding hit the scene, everyone was swooning by the power of her unique vocals, and we all knew, she was here to stay. A walking legend in the making. Her debut studio album, Lights, debuted at number one, she then performed her cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” at the wedding reception of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace. In 2015, Ellie received her first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. Moreover, Ellie is insanely philanthropic; she partnered with Pandora Radio having one dollar for each sale of her mixtape donated to the Free the Children charity and she performed with a charity group to raise money for the Ebola crisis in Africa. She’s also an activist for homelessness.
Gigi comes from a family of models (I know, the envy is real), her mom, Yolanda Foster is an ex-model and her sister and brother are also models. Like we said, runs in the family. Her A-list status soared after her debut at the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and continues to do as she is on the cover of almost any and all magazines. We wouldn’t be surprised if she became a fashion designer one day. Gigi’s fashion style has often been compared to that of Audrey Hepburn and that’s no easy task.
When Ruby Rose premiered on Orange is the New Black, her success blossomed exponentially – this Australian model, recording artist, DJ, actress, TV presenter, and former MTV VJ is one of the hottest stars of this generation. Although what’s most impressive about Rose is her generosity towards many, many charities. She has traveled to Laos and Africa in order to volunteer each year. Rose is also a huge supporter of animal welfare and as an ambassador for Headspace, she campaigns heavily for anti-bullying and youth mental health.
Hailee Steinfeld first emerged on the screen as Mattie Ross in True Grit and has since racked up quite a few accolades. After she appeared in Pitch Perfect 2, Hailee signed with Republic Records and released her debut EP in 2015.
Kiernan Shipka is best known for her role as Sally Draper on Mad Men and at just 17, she’s not slowing down anytime soon. Her flawless fashion sense easily makes her a shining icon on the red carpet. In 2014, she was also named by Time magazine as one of ‘The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014’.
In 2014, Bella made her debut at New York Fashion Week and just last year, she made her Chanel Couture debut – that same year she was named “Model of the Year”. She, along with sister Gigi, are the ultimate fashion ‘It’ girls.
When your mom is the ever famous model, Cindy Crawford, then it’s safe to assume the status of ‘It’ girl will grace you. And this 15 year old teenage supermodel is well on her way to becoming extraordinary. Kaia has already starred on the cover of Vogue and is often compared to fellow ‘It’ girl and supermodel, Kendall Jenner.
The Disney Channel star turned actress and singer has been shattering expectations ever since she hit the scene at just eight years old, performing in musical theater productions. Her singing career unfolded rapidly after High School Musical and since then, she’s focused more on her acting career. Additionally, Hudgens volunteers regularly for various charitable activities, such as Best Buddies International, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
With almost 70 million Instagram followers, Kendall Jenner changed the dynamic of how supermodels are viewed. In 2015, she debuted at No. 16 on Forbes magazine’s list of the top earning models, jumping from reality TV to the catwalk quicker than any model has in the business. Kendall is also active in various charities, including setting up an eBay account where she auctions off old clothing to help raise money for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
This Disney Channel star turned musician is incredibly talented on so many levels. Admirably, Zendaya is a massive role model for her tween fans as she almost always speaks out against culturally insensitive remarks and cyberbullying. She often urges her social media followers to become more involved with and donate to various charities.
While Kylie may be the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner household, she’s certainly learned to stand her own ground as an ‘It’ girl. With over 85 million Instagram followers as of 2017, she is one of top 10 most followed celebrities. In 2015, she started Kylie Cosmetics and also a best-selling app which ended up at number 1 in the iTunes app store.
Another Disney star turned recording artist, and a successful one at that. According to Billboard, Selena has sold over 7 million albums and 22 million singles worldwide. We won’t dwell on the fact that she’s also an actress, an executive producer, and a fashion designer, but she’s also a champion in philanthropic services. In 2009, at just 17 years old, she became the youngest UNICEF ambassador and has also been named the spokesperson for many UNICEF campaigns, as well as the ambassador of DoSomething.org.
Closing off this list is our homegurl T. Swift, one who many would say is THE ‘It’ girl. In 2015, Tay became the youngest woman to ever be included on Forbes’ ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ list, ranked at #64. Her accolades as a musician are miles long and her dedication to various charities and her fans is admirable beyond comprehension. Let’s not forget that Swift and her inner circle are THE “squad” of this generation, representing girl power and female empowerment.