It made perfect sense to wrap up a month of FAB Women making history with a woman who made one of the most important pieces of recent history when she became the First FAB FLOTUS.
Make the jump to read the top ten reasons why we find Mrs. O so utterly FAB!
Normally, these posts are started with, “Meet (insert FAB One here)”. But who hasn’t met Oprah Winfrey yet?
A living embodiment of the American Dream, Aunt Oprah has demolished race and gender barriers her whole life. From rising above her troubled childhood, thriving despite being a teen parent (her son died soon after being born) overcoming drug use, advancing in television despite being FAB in an area and location where being FAB wasn’t considered fabulous, being one of the most generous philanthropists the world has ever seen.
She was the world’s first FAB billionaire, and the first FAB woman to own a television network.
There are many lessons to be learned from her life, and she always has a positive pearl of wisdom to share on her shows and in interviews. She encourages us all to ‘live our best life’, and she lives that motto every day.
Do you love Oprah as much as we do? Tell us about it in the comments!
Meet Chanel Iman.
Even if you didn’t know her name, you have probably seen her face on TV modeling in The Victoria’s Secret fashion show, or on a magazine at the grocery store, or on the runway modeling for the world’s top designers.
She is currently the most successful African American model, and made history in 2007 as the youngest person to appear on the cover of Vogue. She is also the first black model to walk in a Gucci fashion show for eight years.
The fashion industry is notorious for it’s lack of diversity in high fashion photos and runway shows, and not just with ethnicity. There is still a lot of work to be done in embracing different body types, which she is an advocate for.
She also does her share of charity work, and helps mentor teen girls who are moving from foster care into society.
Now that’s a FAB look!
(Photo courtesy of The U.S. Navy)
Meet Commander Monika Washington Stoker.
Like Major General Marcia Anderson, she is making military history. She was recently named Commanding Officer of The USS Mitscher, a Norfolk-based, guided missile destroyer.
Similar to Major Anderson, she did not have initial intentions of a military career. Her dad suggested she give the military a chance, and she never looked backed. Years later her hard work paid off, and last Friday she made history as the first FAB Woman to serve as a commanding officer of an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided missile destroyer.
And on top of that, she’s a mom!
Commander Stoker with her FAB Girls!
A quote from her, posted on www.wvec.com:
“It says that you do whatever you want to do, whether it’s in the military or not and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.”
If our FAB Girls don’t take anything else away from this site, that is it!
Meet Rosalind Brewer.
In January, she was named CEO of Sam’s Club. This promotion made her the first woman and first African American to lead a division of business in WalMart. She had previously worked for Walmart, working as president of East Coast operations.
It’s amazing that in these days and times, women of color only hold 3% of board seats in Fortune 500 companies. Hopefully with FAB women like Ms. Brewer breaking the proverbial glass ceilings, FAB girls of the future will have more opporutnities in business.
(Side note from the editor: One of my fondest memories of childhood was ballet lessons. The leotard, tutus, ballet shoes, fancy bun…You’ll notice an absence about the actual dancing. Because ballet is hard work! And unlike me, Misty Copeland was up to the task.)
Meet Misty Copeland.
She began taking ballet lessons at age 13, which is considered a late age. However, the quick study was ‘en pointe’, or dancing on her toes, within three months. At age 15, she was named Best Young Dancer in the greater Los Angeles area, and had starred in Debbie Allen’s ‘The Chocolate Nutcracker’.
In 2002, she made history by becoming American Ballet Theater‘s first African American soloist in twenty years. She is often credited as the first, and takes her positon as a role model very seriously.
Miss Copeland has been featured in numerous publications and TV spots. She has appeared along side Prince on tour, dancing to ‘The Beautiful Ones’. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate song.
Have you ever taken ballet or wanted to? Tell us about it in the comments!
The FAB, First Daughters of the United States became part of history when their father was elected and became the first African American president. They seem to be handling the constant spotlight very well, and enjoy First Daughter perks such as living in the White House, meeting Beyonce, having private concerts with acts such as the Jonas Brothers, and flying all over the world. See more photos of the FAB duo under the jump!
Meet Ava DuVernay.
FAB Women are having a great year in film this year, and DuVernay is no exception. This year, she made history for becoming the first African American woman to win the US Directing Award for a Drama at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. ‘Middle of Nowhere’ is the film for which she won the award, and is the second one she directed. ‘I Will Follow’ is the other, and that film received rave reviews as well.
No newcomer to Hollywood, she is the owner of The DuVernay Agency, Public Relations firm that aims to raise awarness of urban and ethnic movies. She wants to change the way people of color are portrayed in film and television. With reality shows and comedies (not to mention the news) often casting people of color in a bad light, we think her mission is pretty FAB.
Watch an interview with the film phenom below!