10 Most Interesting Women in the World
These impressive ladies have lots to offer . . .
Half of the people on the planet are women, so it seems time to present a list of the most interesting women on God’s green earth. By the way, this compilation doesn’t include women who are deceased - or men who have become women! Regarding the distaff, Simone de Beauvoir wrote, “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” Please enjoy!
1. Christina Aguilera is certainly an impressive Latina. Within the world of pop music, it would be hard to identify a young female pop star who’s received more recognition, praise and awards than Christina Aguilera. One of many young divas to work on the Disney Channel, Christina’s four-octave soprano helped catapult her to prominence in 1999 with the release of her first album, Christina Aguilera. Christina soon developed a reputation for her steamy, risqué performances, particularly on the hip-hop-influenced video “Dirrty,” of which some of the lyrics are “sweat until my clothes come off.” About her rep, Christina declared, “I am not your little cookie-cutter virgin.” For the standards of the time, one might say Christina’s racy performances are simply de rigueur.
Nowadays, though, Christina has embraced both marriage and motherhood and continues having children, and when she’ll stop nobody knows. She also appears on the TV series, The Voice, one season at a time.
2. Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton, or Thrill Hill as some people call her, is the first woman nominated by a major political party to run for the presidency of the United States. Hillary was also a senator from New York from 2000 to 2008. Then from 2008 to 2012 she ascended to the office of Secretary of State, globe-trotting from continent to continent and drinking champagne with heads of state. Even though Hillary Clinton has been enmeshed in a scandal or two, she has never been indicted for committing a serious crime. Nevertheless, Hillary Clinton is often considered the Most Admired Woman in the World!
3. Jean Auel
Jean Auel is the author famous for writing the Earth’s Children Series, the first novel of which is Clan of the Cave Bear, eventually made into a movie starring Daryl Hannah in 1985. The latest in the series of six books is The Land of Painted Caves, published in 2011. These books chronicle the adventures of Paleolithic poster couple, Ayla and Jondalar, as they trek from place to place during the time of Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal (Incidentally, Ayla’s son, from an earlier relationship, is a cross between these two species of humankind.) The books are well-researched regarding life during the Ice Age, and Ayla and Jondalar have so much sex you may wonder how they have time to cook a skillet of mammoth meat!
4. Michelle Obama
Newly re-elected to the presidency in 2012, Barack Obama has a wife to match his impressive stature. The first African-American woman to be First Lady, Michelle Obama is a pretty, intelligent, well-educated woman from the Southside of Chicago, Illinois. The mother of two girls, Malia and Sasha, Michelle Obama gave an important keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Michelle has also been active in a campaign to promote good nutrition, regular exercise and healthy eating habits. Moreover, Michelle Obama is an outgoing, affable woman many celebrities like to have on their talk shows.
5. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is a pretty, toothy gal from the rolling, verdant hills of Tennessee, where she grew up with famous dad and country singer, Billy Ray Cyrus. This dynamic duo spawned Miley’s blonde-coiffed Walt Disney persona, Hannah Montana, which turned the teen world upside down. These days, the superstar pop diva, actress and songwriter is one of the most admired women in the world. Moreover, Miley has created the Happy Hippie Foundation, which sponsors programs designed to help homeless people and LGBT youth. She released her fourth studio album entitled Bangerz in 2013 and embarked on a world tour by the same name in 2014. Then, in 2016, Miley acted in Woody Allen’s series, Crisis in Six Scenes, and is currently a judge on NBC’s The Voice.
6. Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters may be the most famous Broadway star in the U.S., having starred in such productions as Annie Get Your Gun, George M! and Gypsy, winning two Tony Awards along the way. Bernadette has also worked extensively in movies, as well as television, receiving an Emmy nomination for her role on Fox’s hit show Ally McBeal. Also a phenomenal singer, Bernadette has recorded numerous albums and singles, and frequently performs in concert as a solo act. Bernadette has often worked with musical stage legend Stephen Sondheim, their latest collaboration the CD Sondheim Etc. Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall (The Rest of It). Moreover, Peters provided the voice of Glinda the Good Witch in Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, produced in 2014.
7. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie has been one of Hollywood's greatest movie stars for decades, though other than starring in numerous movies, Jolie also has interests in humanitarian causes and travels to third world countries to see what’s happening with its refugees and poor people, interests and activities for which she won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. But it hasn’t always been a smooth ride for Angelina. As a teenager, she used to cut herself for some kind of “therapeutic benefit,” as she put it. Regarding this period, she said, “I’m still at heart – and always will be – just a punk kid with tattoos.” Perhaps as a crowning career achievement, thus far at least, Jolie directed the wartime drama Unbroken (2014), which won three Academy Awards.
8. Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren has made a career of playing queens in movies, having done it six times, including once each for both Elizabeth I and II, the only woman to play both parts, in fact. Of English and Russian descent, Helen learned her acting craft doing Shakespeare back in the 1960s. Over the years, Helen has worked in the theatre, movies and television, winning accolades and awards in all of them. Perhaps her greatest claim to fame was winning an Oscar for Best Actress in 2006, playing the part of Elizabeth II. On a trivial note: Helen provided the voice for the supercomputer “Deep Thought” in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
9. Amy Mainzer
Amy Mainzer is an astronomer specializing in astrophysical instrumentation and galactic astronomy. Since 2003 she’s worked as a research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California and is Deputy Project Scientist for the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer. Mainzer has also appeared on the Science Channel’s program How the Universe Works, on which she tells everyone about nebulas, black holes, neutron stars, brown dwarfs, asteroids, comets, planetary atmospheres and just about any other astronomical phenomenon one cares to know about. She’s also appeared on the History Channel’s series, The Universe.
10. Rula Jebreal
Rula Jebreal is a perhaps best known for being a commentator on MSNBC. Jebreal was born in Haifa, Israel and grew up in Jerusalem, where she and her sister were raised in an orphanage. Eventually Jebreal earned a Master’s degree in journalism and political science, and then she launched a career as a foreign anchorwoman in Italian television. Then, in 2003, she published a novel entitled Mira, which sold millions of copies and was eventually made into a movie directed by Julian Schnabel, with whom she had a romantic relationship. Jebreal can speak four languages: English, Italian, Arabic and Hebrew. Religious at least in a way, Jebreal says she’s a “secular Muslim.”
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