10 Most Interesting Women in the World
These impressive ladies have lots to offer . . .
Half of the people on the planet are women, so it seems time to present a list of the most interesting women on God’s green earth. By the way, this compilation doesn’t include women who are deceased - or men who have become women! Regarding the distaff, Simone de Beauvoir wrote, “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” Please enjoy!
1. Tomi Lahren
Conservative political commentator and TV/online video pundit, Tomi Lahren has become a prominent personality from 2014 onward, but particularly during the 2016 presidential election, when she fired numerous rants toward the Obama administration and Hilary Clinton. Nicknamed by some as the “White Power Barbie,” and who once likened Black Lives Matter to the Ku Klux Klan, Lahren has become a media star among the political Right and bane of the Left. Moreover, Lahren has been critical of African-Americans and Colin Kaepernick in particular. While working on TheBlaze, Lahren’s three-minute segments called “final thoughts" have galvanized numerous folks who have taken exception to her rapid-fire, derisive denunciations, which may cause some people to seek cover whenever they hear her commanding voice. Oh, and she may also have a gun fetish!
2. Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton, or Thrill Hill as some people call her, is the first woman nominated by a major political party to run for the presidency of the United States. Hillary was also a senator from New York from 2000 to 2008. Then from 2008 to 2012 she ascended to the office of Secretary of State, globe-trotting from continent to continent and drinking champagne with heads of state. Even though Hillary Clinton has been enmeshed in a scandal or two, she's never been indicted for committing a serious crime. Interestingly, Hillary Clinton is often considered the Most Admired Woman in the World. She’s also been selected as the Most Admired Woman in America a record 21 times!
Unfortunately, Thrill Hill lost the 2016 presidential election. Better luck next time for her, or maybe she’ll finally retire from politics. Either way, she’s still one of the most impressive women in the world.
3. Oprah Winfrey
Since the middle 1980s, when Oprah Winfrey began her career as a talk show host and also starred in the blockbuster film, The Color Purple, directed by Stephen Spielberg, her stature, popularity and importance in the public eye has become a world-wide phenomenon. Small wonder Winfrey eventually became the richest African-American on the planet, worth an estimated $3 billion as of 2016. Winfrey has also been a writer, media proprietor, entrepreneur, producer and philanthropist, as well as the winner of numerous awards, including the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. But perhaps Winfrey’s greatest renown is that of a talk show personality and host, who revolutionized the talk show tabloid format pioneered by Phil Donahue, emphasizing confession, literature, self-improvement and spirituality, among many other compelling, contemporary issues.
4. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is a pretty, toothy gal from the rolling, verdant hills of Tennessee, where she grew up with famous dad and country singer, Billy Ray Cyrus. This dynamic duo spawned Miley’s blonde-coiffed Walt Disney persona, Hannah Montana, which turned the teen world upside down. These days, the superstar pop diva, actress and songwriter is one of the most admired women in the world. Moreover, Miley has created the Happy Hippie Foundation, which sponsors programs designed to help homeless people and LGBT youth. She released her fourth studio album entitled Bangerz in 2013 and embarked on a world tour by the same name in 2014. Then, in 2016, Miley acted in Woody Allen’s series, Crisis in Six Scenes, and is currently a judge on NBC’s The Voice, when she isn't practicing yoga, that is.
5. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie has been one of Hollywood's greatest movie stars for decades, though other than starring in numerous movies, Jolie also has interests in humanitarian causes and travels to third world countries to see what’s happening with its refugees and poor people, interests and activities for which she won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. But it hasn’t always been a smooth ride for Angelina. As a teenager, she used to cut herself for some kind of “therapeutic benefit,” as she put it. Regarding this period, she said, “I’m still at heart – and always will be – just a punk kid with tattoos.” Perhaps as a crowning career achievement, thus far at least, Jolie directed the wartime drama Unbroken (2014), which won three Academy Awards.
6. Kamala Harris
An attorney and politician by vocation, Kamala Harris became Attorney General of Californian in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. Then Harris, running as a Democrat, was elected to the US Senate in 2016, replacing incumbent Barbara Boxer. Harris has an unusual ancestry; she’s the daughter of an Indian-American mother and a Jamaican-American father, making Harris the second black woman and first Indian American elected to the US Senate. Interestingly, after Harris flunked the California bar exam the first time she took it, she remarked, “It’s not a measure of your capacity.” And Harris, among at least a few other US Democratic senators, may run for the presidency in 2020!
7. Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren has made a career of playing queens in movies, having done it six times, including once each for both Elizabeth I and II, the only woman to play both parts, in fact. Of English and Russian descent, Helen learned her acting craft doing Shakespeare back in the 1960s. Over the years, Helen has worked in the theatre, movies and television, winning accolades and awards in all of them. Perhaps her greatest claim to fame was winning an Oscar for Best Actress in 2006, playing the part of Elizabeth II. On a trivial note: Helen provided the voice for the supercomputer “Deep Thought” in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
8. Amy Mainzer
Amy Mainzer is an astronomer specializing in astrophysical instrumentation and galactic astronomy. Since 2003 she’s worked as a research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California and is Deputy Project Scientist for the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer. Mainzer has also appeared on the Science Channel’s program How the Universe Works, on which she tells everyone about nebulas, black holes, neutron stars, brown dwarfs, asteroids, comets, planetary atmospheres and just about any other astronomical phenomenon one cares to know about. She’s also appeared on the History Channel’s series, The Universe.
9. Rula Jebreal
Rula Jebreal is a perhaps best known for being a commentator on MSNBC. Jebreal was born in Haifa, Israel and grew up in Jerusalem, where she and her sister were raised in an orphanage. Eventually Jebreal earned a Master’s degree in journalism and political science, and then she launched a career as a foreign anchorwoman in Italian television. Then, in 2003, she published a novel entitled Mira, which sold millions of copies and was eventually made into a movie directed by Julian Schnabel, with whom she had a romantic relationship. Jebreal can speak four languages: English, Italian, Arabic and Hebrew. Religious at least in a way, Jebreal says she’s a “secular Muslim.”
10. Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera is certainly an impressive Latina. Within the world of pop music, it would be hard to identify a young female pop star who’s received more recognition, praise and awards than Christina Aguilera. One of many young divas to work on the Disney Channel, Christina’s four-octave soprano helped catapult her to prominence in 1999 with the release of her first album, Christina Aguilera. Christina soon developed a reputation for her steamy, risqué performances, particularly on the hip-hop-influenced video “Dirrty,” of which some of the lyrics are “sweat until my clothes come off.” About her rep, Christina declared, “I am not your little cookie-cutter virgin.” For the standards of the time, one might say Christina’s racy performances are simply de rigueur.
Nowadays, though, Christina has embraced both marriage and motherhood and continues having children, and when she’ll stop nobody knows. She also appears on the TV series The Voice, one season at a time.
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© 2009 Kelley Marks