Beyoncé, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, And More Girls Who Run The World Rn
What some of your favourite female celebrities get up to behind the scenes.
Famous women are achieving amazing things in all sorts of fields today.
In music, in film, in tv - the list goes on.
However, behind the scenes, these ladies are doing so much more.
Here are just five of the projects that some of your favourite female celebrities are involved in.
Selena Gomez is an executive producer of 13 Reasons Why.
Yes. 13 Reasons Why - the new critically acclaimed Netflix series that takes on teen suicide - is Selena Gomez’s baby. Before 13 Reasons Why was a series it was a teen-fiction novel that made its way into hearts of readers, both young and old. Selena was one of them. She fell in love with it and then fought with her mum to buy the rights to it. ‘I just believed in what it was when I read the book. I thought that it was something that I could relate to, my fans in particular.’ The mother and daughter first developed 13 Reasons Why as a post Disney film for Selena. A chance for her to test herself as an actress and win over serious critics. However, as time passed, they decided to adapt it into a series and Selena chose to let another actress take on Hannah. ‘I wanted it to feel like anyone can see themselves in this’, having a fresh face play Hannah was important because it meant that Selena’s celebrity could not detract from Hannah’s story. And, as much as we would have loved to have seen Selena in the series as the main part, we couldn’t agree with her more.
Khloé Kardashian had the biggest denim launch in history.
Besides being one of the most famous reality TV stars on the planet, Khloé Kardashian is a master of good hustle. From hosting her own tv shows to releasing her own books - Khloé always has her hand in something. Most recently she decided to launch her own denim line: Good American. The jeans brand caters to all sizes from 00 to 24 and it is already becoming a firm favourite among American women. ‘When people try the jeans they fall in love. The reviews speak for themselves.’ The brand is particularly important to Khloé because her weight has fluctuated throughout her career and there were times that she could not buy jeans from certain brands because of her size. ‘I was what I would say is average size at the time. I was very proud of who I was, and I felt, like, so shamed at the time - to go into boutiques or to go denim shopping.’ With Good American Khloé has helped to fill that void, so that women of all sizes can/will feel comfortable denim shopping. Considering that the brand made $1 million in its first day, we’d say that Khloé is onto something.
Rihanna won Harvard’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award.
When she’s not scaling the charts - or in fact while she's scaling the charts - Rihanna’s never not involved in some sort of philanthropy. Ever since the start of her career, it’s always been important to her to use her platform for good. In 2006 she set up the Believe foundation to help terminally ill children. She’s also been involved in many HIV awareness campaigns throughout her years as a star. ‘We’re all human and we all just want a chance: a chance at life, a chance at an education, a chance at a future really.’ In 2012, Rihanna went further and founded the Clara Lionel Foundation, a non-profit organisation, which helps impoverished communities with healthcare and education. In May last year, the popstar set up a program with the foundation in which university scholarships between $5000 to $50000 are awarded to students at/about to attend US universities. Rihanna decided to make the scholarships available to students from islands such as Haiti and her own, Barbados - in order to help as wide a range of people as possible gain access to higher education. Judging by the incredible work of the foundation so far, Rihanna deserves that award and more.
Reese Witherspoon owns her own production company.
Academy Award winner, Reese Witherspoon, is one of the most successful actresses in the world. And yet, after her Oscar win for her performance as June Carter Cash in ‘Walk the Line’, she found that there were few opportunities for her, or even her peers to play a dynamic female lead. Nearly every offer she received was to play the girlfriend or the wife of a male protagonist. With this in mind, she decided to use her platform to start her own production company, Pacific Standard. She then began buying the rights to her favourite books and commenced adapting them into films and TV series. ‘Gone Girl’ - that’s Reese. ‘Wild’ - that’s Reese. ‘Big Little Lies’ - that’s Reese too. And Pacific Standard have plenty more projects in the works. ‘We deserve better. It’s great to speak up but what I really think is you’ve got to do something.’ With rave reviews aplenty for all of Pacific Standard’s productions so far, it appears that we could all learn a lot from Reese’s pro-activeness.
Beyoncé runs her own label.
She’s one of the greatest performers of all time. She’s also her own boss. Back in 2007, Beyoncé decided to set up her own company, Parkwood Entertainment, and in 2010, she chose to part ways from her father’s management. ‘Being a young woman I want to set the example that it is possible for us to own our own businesses’. Since then she’s not only managed herself but also taken control of all of her music releases and produced her own visuals - Lemonade included. On top of that Beyoncé has signed an array of exciting new artists under Parkwood’s label division: Chloe x Halle, Sophie Beem and Ingrid - each a potential superstar in their own right. ‘I see so many male artists building these empires and passing their knowledge on to other artists and development. I see myself doing the same thing and hopefully other younger artists when they grow up and they have been around for 15, 20 years, they can do the same thing.’ Something tells us that these new artists are in safe hands. With Beyoncé to guide them, we’re not sure that anything can stop them.
Who run the world? Girls.
Words by Sam Prance
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