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#WCW: Faking It's Katie Stevens shares the 7 women who inspire her most

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Faking It's Katie Stevens' 7 #WomenCrushWednesday picks includes Lena Dunham, Meryl Streep and, yes, her mom

Every Wednesday, we feature a female celebrity's top five to 10 women who have inspired or helped her throughout her career. This week, Faking It star Katie Stevens shares her top seven — and they're all clearly fantastic women.

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1. Clara Stevens, my mother

Faking It's Katie Stevens' 7 #WomenCrushWednesday picks includes Lena Dunham, Meryl Streep and, yes, her mom
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"She raised me to believe in myself, and to believe in my dreams. She has supported me through every step of my career. She has always taught my brother and I the importance of hard work, drive and dedication — but most of all, the importance of love and family. She is my best friend in the entire world. I would not be where I am without her."

2. Erin Culley, my agent

"I signed with Erin, my agent, after doing American Idol. I went into her office and said, 'I know you get a lot of singers in here claiming to be actors, but I want to put in the work and do this.' She took a chance on me, and I'm so so happy that she did. She has been an incredible mentor to me in this industry and has been by my side through every success and every failure. She has helped me to push forward and believe in what I am capable of."

3. Bridget Smith, one of my managers

"As actors, we get down on ourselves sometimes, and it is important to have someone by our side to remind us of our worth and our talents. She does that and works so incredibly hard for all of her clients. She, like Erin, has given me a chance and believes in me, sometimes more than I believe in myself. She pushes me to work hard and be my best."

4. Lena Dunham

Faking It's Katie Stevens' 7 #WomenCrushWednesday picks includes Lena Dunham, Meryl Streep and, yes, her mom
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"She is inspiring to me because she is a feminist, who believes in equality of all forms, not only for women, but for the LGBT community as well. If you haven't checked out the 'Lenny Letter,' it's a must! It's the newsletter she and her writing partner created to uplift women and give us an open forum."

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5. Lauren Miller

Faking It's Katie Stevens' 7 #WomenCrushWednesday picks includes Lena Dunham, Meryl Streep and, yes, her mom
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"I first saw her in the movie For a Good Time Call but learned more about her when I was searching for charities related to Alzheimer's disease. My grandmother recently passed from Alzheimer's, so it is a subject very close to my heart. Lauren's mother was diagnosed, so she, along with her husband Seth Rogen, created Hilarity for Charity, to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's. I joined with them this past year to raise money for my birthday."

6. Laverne Cox

Faking It's Katie Stevens' 7 #WomenCrushWednesday picks includes Lena Dunham, Meryl Streep and, yes, her mom
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"I had the honor of working with Laverne on Season 2 of Faking It. I am a huge Orange Is the New Black fan, so I totally fangirled in the makeup trailer over her. But she was so inspiring to talk to. She exudes confidence and authenticity and taught me the importance of respecting and loving yourself first."

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7. Meryl Streep

Faking It's Katie Stevens' 7 #WomenCrushWednesday picks includes Lena Dunham, Meryl Streep and, yes, her mom
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"Where to begin… She is my all-time favorite actress. Every performance is inspiring! She is able to transform herself into any character, while still incorporating key aspects of herself. Whenever I'm working on a set, I always ask crew members, hair and makeup artists, etc. 'Who is the nicest/coolest person you've ever worked with?' Quite a few of them have said Meryl Streep. That is a career and reputation to live up to."

Faking It returns March 15 at 10:30/9:30c on MTV. Check out the trailer:

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Faking It's Katie Stevens' 7 #WomenCrushWednesday picks includes Lena Dunham, Meryl Streep and, yes, her mom
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