With a string of hits under this Harvard grad’s belt, like Parks and Recreation, The Office, Boston Public, The Social Network, Our Idiot Brother, The Muppets,and I Love You, Man, it’s clear that talent runs in the family. She also got daddy’s pipes, contributing to many a soundtrack and making her a triple threat—writer/actor/singer
First Lady Michelle Obama
More than just good lighting and makeup, we bet it’s Michelle’s ability to balance career, family, and health that give her that glow. Let’s move indeed! Be a part of Let’s Move!
Our lives would suck without you, Kelly. “Because of You,” millions of women are indeed feeling “Stronger,” letting you deliver the lyrical smackdown on their behalf. This empowered songstress—who defies those who tell her she has to be a certain size to be successful (go, girl!)—can be seen in a city near you, belting out her straight-shooting anthems on the Stronger tour. Or, even better, on a TV near you, as a mentor on this season’s The Voice. Find out where you can see Kelly here.
With several albums, tours, hits, hair colors, and even a marriage under her belt (her ex is Deryck Whibley, lead singer of Sum 41), confidence seems to be the secret for this young singer/songwriter/entrepreneur’s transition to glamour-puss. Known for her lyrical tales of romance, her most recent album Goodbye Lullaby is her most vulnerable to date. For a nonmusical dose of Avril, you can check out her fashion and lifestyle brand (Abbey Dawn), her fragrances (Black Star and Forbidden Rose), or her charity, the Avril Lavigne Foundation.
Using her girlish innocence as sex appeal as Sookie on True Blood,Paquin scored her husband, costar Stephen Moyer, and numerous Golden Globe nominations (including a Best Actress win in 2009). Before she was a vamp-loving fairy, she made the most of teen angst in films like Hurlyburly, A Walk on the Moon, and Almost Famous,shifting seamlessly into her new role as sexpot. Season 5 of True Blood returns this summer!
Best known as one of the hosts of The View, Elisabeth is also a proud wife, mother, author, and celiac. Her passion for running and her G-free diet just may be the secret to her makeover success—check out her latest book, Deliciously G-Free, and try it for yourself.
Proof that you can have it all, this half of Bennifer uses her mixture of tough, funny, and sincere to give us hits like Daredevil, 13 Going on 30, Juno, and Arthur. (Kids Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel aren’t bad either.) The upcoming The Odd Life of Timothy Green promises to be further evidence that if you stay true to yourself, success will follow.
Best known for her role in Winter’s Bone (and the hot red dress she wore to the Oscars), Jen has the ability to radiate both strength and sexy. Only 21 and already a household name (maybe it’s not so bad to follow in J.T.’s successful footsteps), she can be seen later this month starring in The Hunger Games.
Forever our girl, Paula sang and choreographed her way into our hearts with hits like “Straight Up,” “Opposites Attract,” and “Rush Rush” before she survived Simon Cowell not once, but twice, proving she has the X factor (no matter what Simon thinks). Relive Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl” video.
Though this wife of Jay-Z and mother to Blue Ivy is a single lady no more, we’ll always have the dance. (Go ahead, take a dance break.) Evolution seems to be the key to this music and fashion icon’s success, with both her eclectic fashion lines Deréon and House of Deréon and her latest album, 4. “The more mature I become and the more life experiences I have, the more I have to talk about.… I really want people to think when they listen to my music. I want them to feel more than ‘OK, I’m at a party, I’m dancing.’” OK, B, we also think you’rehot. Take a listen.
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