Below we list 10 creative women (living and deceased) that we would love to meet:
1 – Audrey Hepburn
“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.” – Audrey Hepburn
You can refer to our post when we gush about why we love Audrey – but in short, it would have been so incredible to meet Ms. Hepburn and talk to her about life and discover the things she loved most.
2 – Miranda Hart
“We all have our worries about our bodies and our looks. We just need to make the best of our lovely, wonky selves. The key is never to compare and try to be something you’re not.” – Miranda Hart
Just watch a few episodes of Miranda (which she wrote and stars in) and you will be dying to meet her, too. She’s hilarious and awkward and so brilliant. If you’ve watched Call the Midwife you’ll recognize her as the actress who plays the lovable Chummy.
Also, fans of Miranda will love reading her hilarious memoir Is it Just Me?
I love watching the hilarious clip of her (and Adele) on Graham Norton.
3 – Beatrix Potter
“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” – Beatrix Potter
Did you hear the recent announcement about one of her lost stories finally being published? We are excited to add the story to our collection. If only it could have been illustrated by her…but regardless, we love Beatrix Potter’s cute cautionary tales.
A few years back, I viewed a special exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London that featured her original illustrations, notebooks, and sketches.
4 – Marie Kondo
“The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.” – Marie Kondo
Marie has created a revolution of tidiness with her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. My mother was so inspired by Ms. Kondo’s book that she spent several afternoons completely cleaning out the storage room – She texted me pictures and I’ve never seen that room look tidier. Ms. Kondo’s creative methods for cleaning will have us all desiring to tidy up our own spaces.
To learn a little more about her methods, read this article about some lessons learned from her book.
5 – Ella Fitzgerald
“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” -Ella Fitzgerald
I love listening to her on a rainy day. Her voice warms my heart and inspires my mind. If I had my own creative room, her music would surely be playing throughout the day. Also, how neat would it be to hear her sing live? It would have been so dreamy to have gone to one of her concerts.
6 – Emma Thompson
“I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.” – Emma Thompson
She’s talented in every way. Her performance in Love Actually always makes me cry. Also, her screenwriting talent is very impressive. She adapted Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility in the best known version starring herself, Kate Winselt and Alan Rickman. She also wrote and starred in films such as Wit and Nanny McPhee.
7 – JK Rowling
“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.” – JK Rowling
This woman is incredible. From her brilliant creation of the Harry Potter series to her witty tweets on Twitter – – it’s hard not to want to meet her. Also, not to mention, her philanthropy work over the years. Ms. Rowling has inspired millions and millions of people throughout the world.
8 – Minerva Teichert
“I must paint. It’s a disease.” – Minerva Teichert
Minerva first discovered her love of art when she visited a museum in San Francisco while working as a nanny. She later returned home and worked a few years as a teacher to earn money to put herself through art school. With a lot of time and energy she was able to become an accomplished artist.
I’ve been in awe of her art for years. Many of her watercolor paintings depict women from the pioneer era and various western themes. Also, her religious pieces are gorgeous. I have two of her prints hanging up in our apartment. It’s fascinating to read her life’s story and learn about her service and generosity for people in her community.
9 – Misty Copeland
“Success is not easy and I think everyone should know that hard work and perseverance and being open to giving back are so much more powerful than stepping all over people to get to the top.” – Misty Copeland
I recently viewed “A Ballerina’s Tale” on Netflix and was in awe of her abilities as a ballerina. I’m currently reading her autobiography and I’m OBSESSED. Can we be friends, Misty? At least a more realistic goal is seeing her perform in NYC one day…
Watch a segment of her dancing in Romeo & Juliet here.
10 – Harper Lee
“Naturally, you don’t sit down in ‘white hot inspiration’ and write with a burning flame in front of you. But since I knew I could never be happy being anything but a writer, and Mockingbird put itself together for me so accommodatingly, I kept at it because I knew it had to be my first novel, for better or for worse.” – Harper Lee
Although To Kill A Mockingbird was her only novel (until last year when Go Set a Watchman, a novel she wrote before To Kill a Mockingbird, was released), her work has stuck with anyone who has read Mockingbird. The story is important and poignant and has stuck a chord with readers for decades.
Who are the creative women that have inspired you most? Who would you add to this list? Add your thoughts in the comments.