#WCW: Alyson Stoner reveals the six women who have inspired her most

Feb 24, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. ET
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You probably remember her best as "that little girl who dances her butt off in those Missy Elliott music videos." Or, maybe you remember her from one of her 25(!) movie roles, including the Step Up franchise, Camp Rock and Cheaper By the Dozen.

But now? Alyson Stoner is tackling the music industry. In fact, she has just released a brand-new video for her single "Woman." That's right: She sings, too — and she sounds fantastic.


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While we could continue to go on and on about our #WomanCrushWednesday this week (Stoner), we wanted to turn the tables on her and ask: Which ladies does she crush on? Who does she admire?

Here are Stoner's six most inspiring women — her #WCW picks, in her own words.

1. Fátima Ptacek

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"[A] young actress best known for her role as Sophia in [the] Oscar-winning film Curfew and as [the] voice of Dora the Explorer, she's also an incredibly articulate and bright young lady advocating for equality, justice and education, among other pillars. We attended a film festival in Japan together where I learned how actively she uses her platform to bring to light important issues and propose positive, dynamic solutions. And oh yeah, she's 15. Talk about being able to learn something from everyone!"

More: 15 Inspiring movie quotes from strong female characters

2. Mother Teresa

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"Her Do it Anyway poem hangs in my room as a reminder to see the bigger picture beyond my four walls, beyond my convenience and comfort, into the biggest love story for the world: giving of yourself for your neighbor."

3. HiHat

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"She's a world-renowned expert in bringing creative entertainment to life. But to me, she's first a welcoming woman who gave a little girl a shot in Missy Elliott's music video. She's launched so many careers, and I'm forever indebted to be included in that group."

4. Jennifer Lopez

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"She's a multihyphenate global icon, businesswoman, artist and fashionista. She inspires me to find beautiful, strategic and creative ways to interweave all my passions into one full and purposeful life."

5. Julie Higgins, founder of I Pour Life Organization

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"The visionary/entrepreneur behind the nonprofit for which I'm goodwill ambassador, Julie is an example of love and leadership. She boldly serves others, finding their strengths and restoring their dreams and dignity to bring out their best."

More: 20 inspiring women making the world a better place for us all

6. Laverne Cox

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"The earthshaking Laverne Cox. She could've kept all the focus on herself for her Emmy-nominated performance in OITNB. Instead, she used her platform to advocate for a life of authenticity, one beyond society's standards and expectations. She's inspired me to live honestly in my art and relationships."

Who's your #WCW this week? Let us know in the comments below or tweet @SheKnows.

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

Inspiring Feminism Quotes slideshow
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