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Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera has had a career in the fashion industry for over six decades, dressing numerous US First Ladies such as Jackie Kennedy, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and current First Lady, Melanie Trump. The influence of her grandmother, who introduced her to fashion, led her to become one of the foremost fashion designers in America. Herrera debuted her first full fashion line at the famed Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. The collection was a huge success and she was highlighted in Martha’s, a popular Park Avenue boutique. Initially founded in her native Caracas, her clothing line is now headquartered in New York. A fashion icon and trendsetter herself, Herrera remained on the International Best Dressed List for more than a decade before she was nominated to the Best Dressed Hall of Fame. Her influence in the fashion world continues today. In 2016 she debuted a new fragrance for called Good Girl.…

Claribel Alegria

Clara Isabel Alegría Vides, better known by her pen name, Claribel Alegría is an internationally famed poet, essayist, novelist, and journalist from Nicaragua. Alegria is considered by many to be a major voice for the writing and literary community of Central America and the US. Alegría began creating poems before she was even old enough to write them down on her own, often dictating writings to her mother. By seventeen, she had published her first series of poems in the Central American cultural supplement, Repertorio Americano. Following this publication, she attended finishing school in Louisiana, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Letters from George Washington University. Following her childhood, spent in exile in El Salvador, she came to identify herself as Salvadoran for a time, although she did eventually return to her Nicaraguan homeland. Alegría has published numerous books of poetry throughout her…

Yao Chen

In 2014, Forbes listed Chinese actress Yao Chen as the 83rd most powerful woman in the world. Born in the Fujian province of China, the star of rom-coms and action flicks has been dubbed the Angelina Jolie of China. Yao Chen made her acting debut in 2005’s My Own Swordsman. She went on to play in the show, Undercover, and made her stage debut as the heroine of A Story of Lala’s Promotion in 2009. Chen won the Golden Eagle Award for Best Actress in 2010. A media darling Chen is a beautiful, young woman, wife and mother. She could settle comfortably into her own little world and simply bask in fame if she chose to do so. Far from hiding behind her fame, Yao Chen uses it to advocate for the charities and environmental and human rights causes she supports, one of which is the United Nations Refugee Agency.…

Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes is the founder and CEO of Theranos, a health and technology startup, and the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world. Her company pioneered blood testing technology in diagnostic labs. A native of Washington, D.C., she became interested in computer programming in her high school years. It was then she started her first business selling C++ compilers to Chinese universities. Holmes was a President’s Scholar at Stanford University, eventually dropping out of Stanford to pursue funding for her vision of a consumer healthcare technology company. She used what would have been her tuition money to jumpstart the fundraising. Tackling the worlds of science, technology and entrepreneurship, Holmes raised $6 million to fund Theranos, which set out to improve blood testing accuracy and pioneer new and improved blood testing technology. Among Holmes’ accomplishments, she was featured in Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year and 40 Under 40 lists, named one…

Cristina Fernández De Kirchner

Although not the first woman President of Argentina, lawyer and politician, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, became the first woman elected, as opposed to appointed, as the President of Argentina in 2007.  De Kirchner was born in La Plata, Buenos Aires Province to a single mother. After starting college with aspirations on becoming a psychologist, she decided to study law instead, and switched to that major. She married fellow law student, Néstor Kirchner in 1973, and upon his graduation, moved to his hometown of Río Gallegos. Following their move, Cristina completed her degree through a series of exams. Her political opponents have taken her to trial four times in regards to her education and degree. These opponents have asserted claims that she never actually earned a degree in law from National University of La Plata. At the conclusion of each trial, each judge ruled that she does in fact have the…