6. Oprah Winfrey
When it comes to television, Oprah Be Thy Name. Oprah Winfrey has been the queen of talk for so many years, but she continues to surprise with new ventures. In 2010, Oprah announced, to the shock of many, that she would be ending her famed talk show and would instead be focusing on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Going out with a bang, Oprah topped her famed giveaways with Oprah’s Ultimate Australian Getaway, in which she flew her audience members to Australia for a taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show at the Sydney Opera House. On December 5, Oprah was one of five people honored at the 33rd Kennedy Center Honors. In a recent interview with Barbara Walters, Oprah was brought to tears when discussing her friendship with BFF Gayle King. “She is … the mother I never had. She is … the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person. I don’t know a better person.” Oprah is a billionaire, possibly the most influential person in the world, but still gets choked up when discussing her best friend. She is mega powerful, but still a girls’ girl all the way – definitely amazeballs!
7. Tina Fey
Tina Fey is on a roll. Her stellar show 30 Rock is hotter than ever, she headlined two films this year (Date Night and the animated film Megamind) and she scored a cover of Vogue. Not to mention that she’s been spending a lot of time with hotties Jon Hamm and Matt Damon this year. As 30 Rock gets better and better, there’s one thing we know for sure: Wherever Tina Fey goes, we want to go to there.
8. Tavi Gevinson
Tavi started her blog, Style Rookie, when she was 11. Her parents had no idea that she was blogging until she asked them for permission to be on the cover of New York Magazine. The now 14-year-old has sat in the front row (with her mom) at Fashion Week; Rodarte used Tavi as part of their inspiration for their line for Target; she was named Vogueista by Italian Vogue and has appeared in Teen Vogue and on the cover of Pop magazine; and she’s styled photo shoots for BlackBook, reviewed fashion shows for Harper’s Bazaar and is now launching a magazine (print and web) with veteran magazine editor, Jane Pratt (Jane, Sassy). What’s amazing is that she started her blog without an agenda: it was her creative outlet, a place to share her thoughts and photos to anyone who might wander in. Now, it has well over 500,000 readers and a celebrity following. Who says that it doesn’t pay to follow your passion?
9. Edna Kiplagat
Many people dream of winning the New York Marathon, and most people who enter, hope to just finish. But Edna Kiplagat is one of those few and special runners who won. Edna, a Kenyan long distance runner whose coach is also her husband, finished the 26 mile race in record time: 2 hours, 28 minutes, and 20 seconds. Edna revealed that her secret to victory was listening to her body and finishing strong. “When we started, my body did not respond,” she said of the beginning of the race. “I had to wait until 24 miles; that’s when I had to feel how my body was going to react. I was happy because I tried to pull away when it was a little flat. I was excited at 25 miles.” The mother of two kids, Carlos, 6, and Wendy, 2, walked away with $130,000 for her victory.
10. Jessica Simpson
Can you say Billion Dollar Baby?! This blonde powerhouse has created a veritable fashion empire, with sales exceeding $750 million in 2010. Any why? Because we like her! The secret to Jessica’s success is her broad appeal — she doesn’t pretend to be anyone she’s not, and we can all relate to a girl who poots in public, who gets jabbed about her weight (even though she’s gorgeous!), and has had her heart broken a few times. We loved her makeup-free Marie Claire cover, we love following along the ups and downs of her love life, and yes — we love her shoes!
Next up … One word: “SMOOSH!”