Badass women: 6 October 2017

Zendaya, Carly Krygier, Janaye Furman, Bethenny Frankel and the U.S. women's hockey team are taking matters in their own hands

By Lydia Chan | Published: 6 Oct 2017

Badass Women 6Oct17
Photo: zendaya/Instagram

Zendaya is no stranger to speaking up. In fact, the star took on the producer role for her Disney Channel show K.C. Undercover as a show of diversity. In a new interview with Black-ish star Yara Shahidi for Glamour, the Spider-Man: Homecoming actress spoke on the big move.

"I didn't feel like there was any other choice. I was like, 'If I'm going to do this, this is how it has to be.' There needs to be a black family on the Disney Channel," she said. "A lot of people who aren't people of colour can't quite understand what it's like to grow up and not see yourself in mainstream media."

While Zendaya admitted that there is still "so much work left to be done" when it comes to diversity, she acknowledged her lucky position of power. "Can I honestly say I would be in the position I'm in if I weren't a lighter-skinned black woman? No," she said.

Keep on doing you, Zendaya!

Carly Krygier
When the tragic Las Vegas shooting happened this week, many heroes emerged – one of them was Carly Krygier.

Carly was at the concert with her four-year-old daughter, Blayke when the shots were fired. She initially thought it was fireworks but once she heard people yell "get down", she instinctively became a human shield for Blayke.

"So I put the baby on the ground and got on top of her. And when we heard a little break, we ran to the bleachers that were just behind us and I tried to tuck her in close to the end so she was as protected as possible," Carly told CNN. Thanks to Carly's fast thinking and the help of kind strangers, both mum and daughter escaped safely.

Photo: Carly Krygier/Facebook

The U.S. women's hockey team
Back in March, the U.S. women's hockey team reached a monumental settlement with America's governing body of ice hockey, entitling them to the same treatment as the men's team.

At the Team USA Media Summit in Utah this week, player Hilary Knight spoke on the #BeBoldforChange social media campaign that the team started to raise awareness on the inequality.

"We had been in negotiations for over 14 months at the time," she said, proving that the fight did not come easy. It was only after the team threatened to boycott their participation in the world championships that their plea was taken seriously.

Looking back now, she hopes that other women facing inequality will "dare to be great, dare to be bold, dare to be you."


Doing interviews together is the BEST. #teamusamediasummit #winterolympics #uswnt #roadtopyeongchang

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Janaye Furman
Fashion month might have come to a close but the Louis Vuitton show certainly ended it with an unforgettable runway moment. For the first time in LV's 163-year history, Janaye Furman was the first black model to open the show.

The gorgeous American model took to Instagram to share her excitement on the "incredible and unbelievable moment." Janaye's historical walk also happened to be the first time she opened a fashion show.

"I'm so glad more women of colour are rocking the runways. It's important that we stand up for ourselves and make a difference in the world," she wrote.


What a blessing!! Wow! This is such an incredible and unbelievable moment! Not only for my first opening show to be Louis Vuitton but to make history as the first African American girl to open LV?!! Thank you @nicolasghesquiere @louisvuitton, @marieameliesauve, @paulhanlonhair, @patmcgrathreal, @ashleybrokaw and thank you to absolutely every person involved. Thank you God and everyone for all of the amazing support! I'm so glad more women of color are rocking the runways. It's so important that we stand up for ourselves and make a difference in this world. I'm so happy I was able to tell this beautiful story. I mean look at that coat! #louisvuitton is always #major. @WoodkidMusic @premiermodels @3mmodels @elitenyc @hookerthebooker @alexiacheval @okjanelle @hottattack #LouisVuitton #nicolasguesquiere #openinglook #exclusive #godisgood #blessed #PFW #janayefurman #ss18 #otto #modelsofcolor #firstblackgirl #heyjanaye #LVSS18 #blacklivesmatter #africanamerican #represent #makinghistory #shadesofblackness

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Bethenny Frankel
This Real Housewives of New York City star is really making a difference. Earlier this week, Bethenny chartered four planes to Puerto Rico to help Hurricane Maria victims.

Along with her team of volunteers, Bethenny distributed over 9,000 kg of donated necessities like water, canned goods, baby food, medical supplies and more. The trip and supplies were provided through Bethenny's personal funds, donations from her charity and generous contributions from celebrity friends.

"There is no colour on the island. Every palm tree is rooted. This bitch hit every inch of this island," she said of the dire situation. "It is a war zone. I do not play the blame game, but the 73 towns of Puerto Rico need to be methodically mapped out and visited, and the relief needs to be organized, delegated and executed."

Also worth noting that Bethenny is doing all this while still recovering from skin cancer removal surgery and a week after her relief aid trip to Mexico – what a champ.


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