Everyone has their heroes.
When I was a little girl, these were the stars of stage and screen. Katharine Hepburn was the woman I looked up to.
She was dazzlingly beautiful of course, walking with the kind of class and grace that you rarely see in the stars of today.
The thing that made her such a powerful influence on my life wasn’t her fame or success, it was the characters she played. Strong, independent and utterly witty, this was a time when the roles women played in movies were often the intellectual equivalent of their onscreen partners, rather than just serving as eye candy for a mostly pubescent minded audience.
My dream of becoming a film star was, of course, not realised. I found that I often froze up on stage and had a terrible habit of forgetting lines. However, old heroes can always be replaced by new ones and, thanks to the booming numbers of self-made women, building empires out of nothing but their hard graft, there are plenty to pick from.
The 3 women that I have picked as my current heroes (perhaps ‘inspirations’ would be a better word for them?) have all created niches and careers for themselves, sometimes completely reinventing their identities in order to progress in their chosen industry.
Angela Liddon – Food Blogger & Author
Although I can’t admit to being a huge fan of Vegan food (dividing a Northern girl from a sausage roll is never a wise move), Angela’s inspirational story starts in 2008, long before her Vegan Food blog hit the mainstream. Recovering from an eating disorder, Angela was teaching herself how to eat more whilst also encouraging her fast-food loving husband to eat better. She catalogued her journey in her blog, which started to gain traction despite her not having any experience in Food or Photography.
The Oh She Glows blog now attracts over 1 million individual readers each month, her Instagram feed is followed by over 400,000 people and her recipe book has over 300,00 copies in print.
You Need A Vicky – Professional Organiser
Vicky Silverthorn is an entrepreneur and author who has served as a major inspiration for me as a business owner. Like me, Vicky had spent a large portion of her life working for other people. Before starting her business she worked as a successful Personal Assistant for major celebrities such as Lily Allen, however, she wasn’t content with this life. She’d seen a niche in the market that she knew she could exploit. Combining the skills she developed as a PA with shrewd business sense, she started You Need A Vicky, a professional organisation service.
Last year she published her first book.
Susie Ryan – Actress & Beauty Blogger
If you’ve got a particularly good memory for faces and an affinity for noughties era Soap-Dramas then you may well recognise Susie. Making her name as an actress on the Sky show, Footballers’ Wives, Susie found moderate success as an actress. However, the acting game is a tough one and Susie soon had to find that she was in need of a separate revenue stream. Her makeup and beauty blog is one of the most trusted in the community, with her consistent replies to comments proving her to be equally dedicated to her readers.
Between television appearances, acting jobs, recording video blogs and writing – Susie has a hectic life that she has absolutely earned for herself.
These women have all rightly earned their places amongst the pantheon of heroes in my mind. If I can become half as successful as just one of these talented ladies then I can rest easy.