The millions of people who took to the streets all over the world this weekend in a show of solidarity for women’s rights (and, really, human rights) left me feeling energized and incredibly inspired. The fact that the Women’s March protests were peaceful and charged with positivity makes them even more powerful.
I got lost in the deepest depths of the internet looking at photos from marches all over the world and had to share some of my favorites. While there were plenty of giggle-inducing jabs at Donald Trump, I decided to leave them out (well, except for the Supergirl one which doesn’t make fun of him as much as confront him). I truly believe that not resorting to spewing hate and name calling makes the message so much stronger.
Like Michelle Obama said “When they go low, we go high.”
20 of the best signs from the Women’s March
I’ve mentioned once or twice or a million times that I’m an awards show junkie. I realize that they’re silly and sometimes really boring and have little to no effect on society or my day-to-day life. But I don’t care. I like seeing people get all dressed up and sparkly and watching them cry happy tears and make heartfelt speeches. I enjoy the grand spectacle, even if some people (my husband) don’t understand it.
That said, I am also a living, breathing, woman with a shit ton of insecurities. Seeing a bunch of already beautiful women glammed up and traipsing around in dresses that cost more than what’s in my bank account can be a tiny bit depressing—especially when I’m sitting on the couch in sweatpants from college with a messy top knot and a bowl of ice cream.
Enter the Bad Ass Babes of Hollywood. These ladies took to Instagram to make sure the rest of womankind realizes that they do not wake up like that by showing us the hilarious (relatable) ways they got ready to hit the red carpet.
This post is sponsored by thredUP, but all opinions are mine.
Bad Ass Babes is a series that features women who have gone out into the universe and made it a better, more interesting place. These are the women who make the world go ’round. The women that our daughters need to know about and hear about and learn from.
It’s been a while since I’ve featured a nice, feisty bad ass babe. So instead of delivering you just one, I’ve partnered with thredUP (my favorite online secondhand clothes retailer) to celebrate the one year anniversary of their #badassmoms series.
Throughout the last year, #badassmoms has celebrated some incredible women who are defining a new norm. These ladies are making modern choices, building supportive communities, and turning their dreams into reality. The women featured have been from all over the country, with different points of view and different lifestyles. They’ve discussed topics from parenting to health to entrepreneurialism to life after loss, in a way that is brutally honest, and unapologetic. These ladies are true bad asses.
I picked three of my favorites to highlight here. What I love about these women is that they each figured out what they wanted in life and found a way to make it happen, no matter what the obstacles may be.
I am so incredibly excited about this #supermomsquad contest. So many fabulous ladies have helped me to spread the word and I can’t thank them enough.
But now we need you to get in on it! Don’t be shy! We want to see and hear all about what makes you a supermom. Whether it’s super sweet or absolutely ridiculous, there is no wrong answer here! It’s all about lifting moms up and celebrating the fact that, while our lives may be chaotic, we’re awesome.
And the prizes? They’re pretty awesome too.
Celeste Barber has been killing it lately. If you haven’t heard of her, she’s the 33-year-old Australian comic who posts hilarious parodies of celebrity pictures on Instagram (you know that’s sure to be a hit with this InstaAddict, right?). I won’t lie to you: at first, I thought maybe it was a little mean. The whole mercilessly poking fun at people thing didn’t seem to gel with my fierce belief in raising women up—until I realized that it totally does.
Celeste takes highly stylized, completely staged photos of some of the most beautiful women in the world and points out to us regular girls that they’re not real. Nothing about them. From the poses to the hair and make up, there is nothing natural about them. No matter how bad the girls in them might want you to believe it, they’re not candid shots. They’re specifically designed to show these women at their absolute best.
And pointing out that little fact again and again and again? It makes us mere mortals feel less terrible about ourselves in comparison. In fact, it makes us laugh our asses off at the ridiculous lengths some people will go to to get a flattering angle. And for that, she is a Bad Ass Babe.