Inspiring women of 2014

These celebrity role models have contributed to the empowerment of women by their accomplishments and achievements. Look to their example to keep your New Year Resolutions for 2014.

Kimberly Snyder

Kimberly Snyder

Celebrity nutritionist, author of “The Beauty Detox Solution” and owner of Glow Bio, organic smoothie and juice shop in Los Angeles

Why is Kimberly inspirational?

The New York Times bestselling author and nutritionist to some of the entertainment industry’s crème de la crème was recently named by Vogue as one of the “top results-oriented nutritionists”. Her holistic approach to nutrition is motivated by her three-year solo journey across 50 countries and six continents, inspiring women with her philosophy that outer beauty is a reflection of inner health.

Dame Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly Holmes

Olympian, Philanthropist and Author

Why is Kelly inspirational?

As the first British woman to ever achieve an Olympic double Kelly proves that persistence and determination can transform your life. A series of sports injuries left her clinically depressed and considering suicide. However winning double Gold medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics turned darkness into light. Kelly was given a damehood and through the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust she inspires disadvantaged young people to fulfil their potential through sports with the guidance of world-class athletes.

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Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Actress

Why is Jennifer inspirational?

At only 23 she is wise beyond her years. Jennifer is strong, sexy and an incredibly talented actress. Playing the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games she is conscious of her influence on young women. Rather than being portrayed as thin and underfed her goal was to get her body to look fit and strong through substantial exercise and not crazy dieting.

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Olympian

Why is Jessica inspirational?

As the unofficial postergirl for Team GB during the 2012 Olympics, Jessica wowed us as she took home the gold in the heptathlon. Modest, intelligent and an exceptional sportswoman her achievements were made possible through discipline and a rigorous training schedule. With the recent announcement of her pregnancy Jessica will soon be a mother. If she goes on to win another gold for Team GB at Rio 2016 there will be no stopping this super mum.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

Singer and Actress

Why is Jennifer inspirational?

Not only does Jennifer have a Grammy Award she also has an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award to boot. She proves to busy women everywhere you can still be a mum, maintain a hectic lifestyle, eat healthily and shed unwanted weight. With the aid of Weight Watchers Jennifer lost over five stone and has since become a spokesperson for the brand.

Charli Cohen

Charli Cohen

Designer and Personal Trainer

Why is Charli inspirational?

This is a name you should familiarise yourself with. She often contributes health and fitness advice at The Huffington Post or is whipping clients into shape throughout London. Charli established her first fashion business at only 15 and, now aged 23, has successfully combined her fitness training and fashion degree to create a successful kickstarter project called The CC Effect: Technical Sportswear Gets LUXE. This new label features UK-made technical sportswear that bridges the gap between high-performance function and high-end fashion. Watch out Lululemon — Charli is the budding entrepreneur and designer to keep your eye on this year.

Karren Brady

Karren Brady

Businesswoman and Author

Why is Karren inspirational?

Defying stereotypes Karren became the first lady of football when she took the role of managing director at Birmingham City Football Club. At a time when women were typically kept out of the boardroom, Karren turned BCFC around from the £700,000 purchasing price to sell it for £82 million in 2009. Considered one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in Britain” and among the “50 Most Inspirational Women” in the U.K. there is no denying she is a strong role model for women who want to maintain both a career and family.

Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles

Businesswoman, Yogi and Author

Why is Tara inspirational?

She’s cool, she travels the world spreading the love of yoga and she has a soothing voice that eases you through your practice. Model turned yogi and founder of Strala Yoga in New York City, Tara utilises social media to make yoga accessible. No longer is it a practice for former dancers or celebrities. Tara’s combination of exercise and meditation makes yoga relatable for people around the world. Still not convinced? Try any of her workouts on her YouTube channel.

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Rebecca Adlington

Rebecca Adlington

Olympian

Why is Rebecca inspirational?

She demonstrated her prowess in the swimming pool by winning a double gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and two more medals at the London 2012 Olympics. The grace, agility and speed necessary for an Olympic swimmer are skills achieved through dedicated and meticulous training. Rebecca showed the world what the female form is capable of on an Olympic platform yet while appearing on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! confided she experienced body-shape issues like many other women. Her medals prove that, rather than dismissing our bodies for how they look, we should celebrate them for what they are capable of.

Beyoncé

Beyoncé

Singer and Actress

Why is Beyoncé inspirational?

Queen B needs no introduction. Her latest, self-titled, album was released in December 2013 featuring 14 tracks and 17 accompanying music videos. Once again Beyoncé uses her music to revisit the theme of self-empowerment while at the same exploring the insecurities of womanhood. Beyoncé keeps inspiring us through her lyrics, work ethic and by balancing a career and family life.

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