Over time we’ve seen the lyrics of the unconquerable Beyoncé come to reality. With each passing day, women are coming closer to running the world. The reigning women of today bring something unique to the table—from political leadership to business and even suave style sensibilities, there are no limitations. Excelling in their area of expertise, these are some women that are setting the mark for the generation ahead. With International Women’s Day right around the corner, we thought they deserve a special shoutout. Along with their achievements, we are going to highlight their personal style. Making it to this list are some popular names like the American Vice President, Kamala Harris and New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.
A little more about 5 powerful women of 2021 and their equally impactful style:
1) Kamala Harris
We saw history unfold as Kamala Harris became the first female and person of colour as Vice President of the United States. Ever since her initial public appearances, VP Kamala’s sartorial game has been on point. We have seen her don practical and casual attire such as sneakers topped off with a blazer for that added polished look. She has received a lot of appreciation for keeping it real with denim, Converse shoes and pearls. However, her standout look has been the white Carolina Herrera suit she wore during the victory event in November. Simple and classy, she looks magnificent in this pantsuit with a silky pussy-bow blouse and nude heels.
2) Jacinda Ardern
Back when she was elected in 2017, she was the world’s youngest head of state. Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern has been a responsive leader and has made her way into the hearts of everyone. On the fashion front, the PM prefers to keep it simple with block colours and her hair down. She is known to wear local designers who are based within the country.
Her most memorable look had to be the one on election night. Jacinda radiated confidence in a burgundy dress and pant designed by the brand Maaike which is based in Auckland. We saw her sport a similar hue back in 2017 during another election night as well. The choice of burgundy is a powerful colour that looks elegant and the PM carries it off with utmost grace!
3) Shani Dhanda
LinkedIn Changemaker and Disability Rights Advocate, Shani Dhanda’s personality trumps her height of 3ft 10in. Born with a brittle bones disease, which is a genetic bone disorder, her goal focuses on creating opportunities for the disabled community. Shani has launched UK’s first official discount card which aims to reduce financial burdens for the disabled and their family.
Shani follows all fashion trends and looks fabulous while she’s at it! From denim to dresses and gowns, she rocks it all. A favourite of this advocate seems to be prints and colours. We love how Shani carries off vivid colours and patterns that perfectly complement her bright personality.
4) Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Self-made, a female brewmaster and one of the richest women in India, Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the Chair and Managing Director of Biocon Ltd. She has made it to Forbes‘ 100 Most Powerful Women 2020 list and rightly so. Her company, Biocon Ltd. is the largest producer of insulin in Asia and looks out for their patient’s well-being over profits.
On the sartorial front, her style can be classified as refined. She is not very experimental and keeps it simple with her standard look comprising tunics and printed scarves. Her tunics are usually of a single colour and we see her pairing them with a printed scarf in a similar hue. These flamboyant scarves are delicately draped across her neck and are usually accompanied by a pearl necklace. It is enjoyable to see this boss lady fashion an array of scarves in various prints!
5) Aurora James
Maintaining the spirit of her heritage, Aurora James is the founder of Brother Vellies—a brand that designs African artisanal shoes and handbags. Their ethos is using ethical and sustainable means. Community empowerment has been the focus of the Brooklyn-based creative director as she has created jobs for several craftsmen in regions of North Africa. Moreover, she launched the 15 Percent Pledge which asks retailers to assign that percentage of shelf space to Black-owned labels. As a result, Macy’s, Sephora and several large retailers have signed the pledge.
There is no doubt about the impeccable taste of this girl-spiration. Her designs are a reflection of her wardrobe. Fashion-forward and sustainable, Aurora’s personal style is colourful and casual. Being an accessory designer, she likes to go heavy in that department. However, when it comes to ready-to-wear, her comfort lies in a vintage t-shirt and denim or simple dresses paired with fun footwear and quirky bags. This is evident via her sheer sandals with feathers and a furry bag.
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