March 01, 2018

At Red Carter, we encourage women to look good and feel good, but what inspires us most are women who do good. Women who are beautiful on the inside and out are truly awe-inspiring.

A woman who empowers herself and others radiates true beauty. Perfectly coiffed hair is always more appealing on top of a highly developed brain.

These modern, successful women combine intelligence, compassion and fearlessness with an amazing sense of style.

Gal Gadot: A Real-Life Wonder Woman

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In 2004, Gal Gadot was named Miss Israel. Two years later, she was a combat instructor in the Israel Defense Force.

A beauty queen turned soldier sounds like a great plot for a movie. But it was the story of Wonder Woman which propelled Gal Gadot into the spotlight, making her a super hero to little girls worldwide. (Gadot was pregnant during the filming of Wonder Woman, adding to her badass image.)

Off-screen, Gadot has helped raise money for childhood education and pediatric cancer.

Emma Watson: Working Her Magic at the UN

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Many childhood actors find transitioning into adulthood to be a difficult journey. Emma Watson, however, didn’t let early fame define her. She has since grown into an accomplished woman during her post-Harry Potter life.

Although, Watson made tens of millions of dollars portraying Hermione Granger, she was determined to continue her education after the series ended. In 2014, Watson received a degree in English literature from Brown University. That same year, she was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.

Watson’s support of the UN’s HeForShe campaign encourages men to advocate for female equality.

Watson was also selected as having the Best British Style at the British Fashion Awards.

Meghan Markle: From Suits to a Tiara

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Like Grace Kelly before her, Meghan Markle will leave Hollywood to marry her Prince Charming.

After seven seasons on the USA Network series, Suits, Markle became engaged to Princess Diana’s youngest son, Harry. Not only is Markle a US citizen, but she is also half African-American making the engagement to a British royal both controversial and historic.

The royal wedding, which will take place on May 19, 2018, will no doubt influence bridal style for years to come.

Markle was also a humanitarian prior to meeting Prince Harry. She has traveled the world talking about gender equality, clean water and modern-day slavery. As a member of the royal family, Markle will use her newfound platform to bring international attention to problems facing women.

Saoirse Ronan: Hollywood’s Golden Lass

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Saoirse Ronan may seem like an overnight success with her Golden Globe win for 2017’s Lady Bird. But Ronan has already been nominated twice for Academy Awards.

As a teenager, she received a Best Supporting Actress nod for Atonement. A few years later, she was included in the Best Actress category for Brooklyn.

The actress—who was born to Irish parents in America but raised on the Emerald Isle—continues to make Ireland her home.

Ronan was an outspoken supporter of Ireland’s vote to change the constitution to allow same-sex marriage. She also is involved with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Natalie Portman: The Vegan with Meat on Her Resume

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When Academy Award winner, Natalie Portman, took a break from acting to attend Harvard, she wasn’t worried her studies would ruin her career. Portman said in an interview, “I’d rather be smart than a movie star.”

Portman, who continues to be smart and a movie star, has co-authored research papers in scientific journals while co-starring in sci-fi movies. (Portman is best known for her role as Padme Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.)

Natalie Portman is a well-known animal right activist who produces a line of vegan footwear. She is also an active environmentalist.

She has traveled on behalf of FINCA International which provides micro loans to female entrepreneurs in third world countries. Portman also helps promote better education and living conditions for kids through the organization Free the Children. She has partnered with Christian Dior to raise money for the charity.

The Future’s So Bright

Gal Gadot, Emma Watson, Meghan Markle, Saoirse Ronan and Natalie Portman are all young women who inspire the rest of us to help make the world a better place. How will you make your mark?

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