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5 Female Celebrities Who Bring Girl Power to a Whole New Level

See the list of your favorite empowered female celebrities as they shed light on social causes.
IMAGE Emma Watson | instagram.com/emmawatson ART Clare Magno

It's good to see people from Hollywood are also using their fame to shed light on social causes happening around the world right now. Here is the list of empowered females you can look up to as role models.

  1. Emma Watson

In a patriarchal society, Emma Watson embraces gender equality and empowers women all over the globe. She recently went to Malawi as she sheds light on the social issue of the need to end child marriage and restoring the future of young girls.

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"Fine. Call me a 'diva', call me a 'feminazi', call me 'difficult', call me a "First World feminist', call me whatever you want, it's not going to stop me from trying to do the right thing and make sure that the right thing happens." —Emma Watson (via esquire)

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  1. Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato may have had some ups and downs when she was struggling with her body image. But remember when Demi had a photo shoot where she has no clothes, no make up, and most importantly, no retouching? This is an empowering moment for the Confident singer as she brought confidence to be bare and feel comfortable in her own skin.

"I have insecurities about my arms, so to wear a tank top on stage is extremely liberating for me, and uncomfortable sometimes. It's also a statement, like, "Hey, watch out. You're no longer getting the insecure Demi that you've been getting for the past couple of years. I mean business now." —Demi Lovato (via allure)

  1. Alicia Keys

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You may have noticed that Alicia Keys stopped wearing makeup in public. She got sick of trying to be perfect and decided to embrace herself and go bare as she supports the #NoMakeup movement, and seems to have stuck to her decision as you can see her on The Voice, makeup-free, and even when men on the show also wears them. 

"I hope to God it's a revolution. 'Cause I don't want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing" —Alicia Keys (via lennyletter)

  1. Angelina Jolie

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Angelina may have won the award for favorite villain at the 2015's Kid's Choice Award, but this Goodwill ambassador won the humanitarian award in our hearts. Angelina is the woman every girl should aspire to be with her charitable work, advocacies, and her voice as she is well aware of the social issues of the world.

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  1. Rowan Blanchard

This child actress who plays the protagonist of Disney's Girl Meets World, broke free from the child-star stereotypes and uses social media to express her views and opinions on certain social issues. She inspires her young audience to have a voice and be aware of the issues happening around them. 

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Who's your favorite celebrity that inspires you the most? Are you as woke as them? Tell us in the comments!

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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

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Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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