U.K’s Hello! magazine just crowned Meghan Markle their “Woman of 2017.”
Now, no disrespect to Meghan — its been an unbelievable 2017 with her engagement to Prince Harry and all. So please, don’t get us wrong, we are proud of the things the former Suits actress has done and we have no doubt that she will go on to use her platform to do amazing things around the world.
But Hello!, are you giving out the honor because a woman snagged an engagement ring? If that’s the criteria for being named “Woman of 2017,” then what about rapper Cardi B, the Bacheloretts’s Rachel Lindsay and singer, Michelle Williams?
We should stress that we are not hating on Meghan, we just want to recognize some #BlackGirlMagic that might have been overlooked. Here are five other women, we believe, who should have gotten the crown.
U.S Representative Maxine Waters was the single, loudest voice in opposition of the Donald Trump administration. But she didn’t just oppose the Republican shenanigans, she stood up and called them out in a very public way. One of our favorites, her incredible “Reclaiming My Time” viral video.
Aunty Maxine also appeared at the MTV Movie Awards, where she presented Taraji P. Henson with the Best Fight Against the System Award. “Artists, actors, singers and citizens have a unique opportunity, the ability to speak out and inspire change,” Waters said while standing alongside actress Tracee Ellis Ross.
17-year-old Yara Shahidi stars in the ABC hit black-ish, and the new spinoff, Grown-ish, but her voice across media platforms addressing social, racial, gender and socioeconomic inequalities is what stood out. The Harvard bound student is never at a loss for words, which also might explain why Michelle Obama wrote her college recommendation letter.
Serena Williams kicked off 2017, by winning the Australian Open, with a baby in her belly. It’s one thing that she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the age of 35, which is the equivalent of a senior citizen in tennis years. But the fact that she did it while 8 weeks pregnant, in the heat of the Australian summer, is one of the great feats in sports history.
She also tied the knot to Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian after she gave birth to thier first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
Earlier this month, Nike honored the games greatest player by naming one of their buildings on their Portland campus after the tennis champion. “It will be the biggest on campus and is scheduled to open in 2019. I am honored and grateful,” she wrote on Instagram. According to Nike, “the Serena Williams Building will be the biggest structure at WHQ at more than 1 million square feet covering nearly three city blocks.” Rightfully so!
Issa Rae has without a doubt, had one hell of a 2017. Aside from the success of her HBO show, Insecure, the Youtube sensation turned starlet, was nominated for a Golden Globe and was tapped to star opposite Bill Hader in the drama-comedy Empress of Serenity. Aside from the big and small screen triumphs, Rae also became the newest face of Cover Girl.
“Becoming a Covergirl means a lot because the brand recognizes just how important it is for people to embrace their individuality and express themselves in unique and diverse ways,” she wrote in a statement. “This has been a major part of my personal journey, and a message that I want to share with others.”
For some people, Tina Knowles is just the birth mother of Beyonce and Solange, but for others, it’s mama Tina who set the tone for living your best life. She not only raised two impeccable women, but as a grandmother, she is a resilient voice in the village surrounding little Bey’s three kids, Blue Ivy, Sir and Rumi; and of course, Solange’s teenage son, Daniel Juelz.
But her personal accolades doesn’t just end at being one hell of a matriarch. Tina is also a clear reminder that love has no age. In 2015, at the age of 61, Tina married Richard Lawson and their love is nothing short of a cigar.
HONORABLE MENTION: MICHELLE OBAMA
To put it simply, there is nothing former FLOTUS can do wrong. Even after stepping out of the White House, Obama is still and always will be … the woman of the year. Her continued efforts to create change around the world never cease and we will forever be grateful. Obama even has a unique way of completely going HAM, all while keeping her composure and exuding class.
Back in September, she gave some stern words for the ladies who didn’t support Hilary Clinton. “Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice,” Mrs. Obama said during the 2017 Inbound marketing conference.
We love you, Michelle.
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