She feeds the world. She soars over stereotypes to pirouette her way into history. She is digital. She acts up beautifully. She defends us against “misogynoir.” She’s a genius. She calls ’em like she sees ’em in a burly man’s world — bad hair days be damned. She saves lives. She is fierce.
As our manifesto states in part: “To be fierce is to embrace all that’s wonderful about being a black woman. To live your dreams, celebrate your strengths and appreciate your true beauty. It means being confident and unapologetically you!”
Here are 15 women who fit this description to inspire you for the new year and beyond!