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four fashionistas who changed the course of society

Beauty surrounds us. It is in the dresses in the wear, in the boots that we pull on in the morning, in the smile that we send forth each morning. But is there anything as beautiful as a woman armed with strong beliefs? Below, we share 4 beautiful women who changed the course of history… Each in their own unique, gorgeous way.



Aung San Suu Kyi aung san suu kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi was a political prisoner for almost 15 years, placed under house arrest in Rangoon by the Burmese government. As a member of the National League for Democracy, Suu Kyi has always championed for equal rights – and equal opportunities – for all of Burma’s residents. In 2010, Suu Kyi was released from house arrest and was greeted by thousands of supporters who have awaited her freedom for nearly two decards. Aung San Suu Kyi stands by the ethos that “We wish to learn from everybody who has achieved a transition to democracy, and also … our great strong point is that, because we are so far behind everybody else, we can also learn which mistakes we should avoid.”



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Billie Holiday

“Lady Day” was not content to be just another backup singer. In an era where males dominated the Jazz culture, Billie Holiday as determined to integrate women into the industry. She jumped onto the advocacy scene with “Strange Fruit,” a track that unveiled the gross racial inequalities that were present throughout the United States. To his dying day, Franck Sinatra credited Billie Holiday as one of his formative influences, who famously said, “Lady Day is unquestionably the most important influence on American popular music.”



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Indira Gandhi

As India’s second longest-serving Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi was one of the most prominent figures in Eastern Asia. She was also the only woman to hold office in India, breaking a status quo of gender norms that had created a barrier for decades. As Prime Minister, Gandhi demanded equal pay for males and females and stood for the abolition of the privy purse, which furthered the divide of socioeconomic classes.





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Katharine Hepburn

We were used to Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, to Marlene Dietrich and Ingrid Bergman. They were beautiful in their feminine realm.
But there was one female actor who stood out. Katharine Hepburm wore pants and trousers were the status quo; her husky voice contrasted neatly to the crisp, high-pitched tones of her acting competitors. In an era where gender inequality was common, Hepburn refused to mold to the common trends, noting, “I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex.”

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Sometimes the most powerful fashion accessory is personality. Readers, have you ever had a moment where your beliefs made you feel beautiful? Share it with us!

Leigh Michael