Famous women reveal the moment they felt successful
You'd be surprised when these stars felt they'd finally made it
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It’s often difficult for women to experience a full sense of success because of a multitude of reasons, from the struggle to be taken seriously, to the way women are conditioned to downplay their triumphs and talents. And that’s not even taking into consideration factors of race or wage inequality. But women make the entertainment world go round, so let’s take a moment to revel in the weird, funny, sweet, and empowering moments that they felt their best.
Take Issa Rae, for example, who recently made the hilariously bold move that women in the entertainment industry have been waiting for. Accepting the Emerging Entrepreneur Award at the 2019 Women in Film Annual Gala, the ‘Insecure’ creator began her speech by citing her hip-hop idols, none of whom ever bore the burden of being humble. To honor them, she decided to go against her socially conditioned tendencies to dim her own light, and instead delivered a refreshingly hubristic speech that brought the house down.
Though she included a disclaimer that she was about to say was the opposite of everything she'd normally say, the actor/director/writer/producer powered forward with an unapologetic ode to knowing your self-worth.
She named some of her supporters and collaborators, calling them stupid and telling them they’re nothing, and explained, “Entrepreneur means: I did that s**t by myself.” She also gave a shout-out to the executives at HBO: "Keep running me my money."
“And to everybody who claims to have helped me get here: Okay, and?” she continued, unable to keep a straight face at many times. “So, in conclusion, entrepreneur till I die. I deserve this. Bye."
From the audience’s laughter and whooping alone it’s clear just how gratifying it was to hear a talented woman own her success so boldly. But that moment of success happens in different ways and at different times for everyone. For some it takes their idol noticing them, for others it’s a fat paycheck, and one particular star felt the peak of success when she was made into a Halloween costume.
Check out this gallery, based on a list from The Cut, to find out when your favorite female celebrities experienced that magical moment of making it big.
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