Badass women: 17 March 2017
Some of the week's bravest women include Selena Gomez, four-year-old Saglana Salchak, Kelly Herron, Demi Lovato and Theresa May
Pop star Selena Gomez has recently opened up about her battle with anxiety and the depression she went through while on her Revival Tour.
"Tours are a really lonely place for me," she said in an interview. "My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage. Basically I felt I wasn't good enough, wasn't capable. I felt I wasn't giving my fans anything, and they could see it – which, I think, was a complete distortion."
"I was so used to performing for kids. At concerts I used to make the entire crowd raise up their pinkies and make a pink promise to never allow anybody to make them feel that they weren't good enough. Suddenly I have kids smoking and drinking at my shows, people in their 20s, 30s and I'm looking into their eyes, and I don't know what to say." Read her full confession here.
Saglana is a 4-year-old Siberian girl who trudged miles through the wilderness to find help for her sick grandmother. She had woken up one day to find her grandmother unconscious and because they lived alone in a remote farm deep in the forest near the Mongolian border, Saglana had to trek for five miles in the cold to find her nearest neighbour.
Unfortunately, when she arrived home with medical personnel, it was discovered that her grandmother had died of a heart attack. Saglana later on said that she was not scared during the trip through the forest alone. "I just walked, walked and got there," she said.
Saglana also lives with her grandfather, who is blind. Her mother Eleonora Salchak and stepfather work in another part of the region, and now, Eleonora faces criminal charges for leaving a minor under the care of the elderly grandparents who "lacked the ability to take measures to guarantee the child's safety."
Kelly Herron bravely fought off a man who tried to attack her last Sunday afternoon. She had been on a jog and had decided to stop at a public restroom. There, she was assaulted by a man hiding in a stall.
The incident was elaborated on Kelly's Instagram post. She had screamed "Not today, motherf-cker!" as she clawed and punched the man in her attempt to escape. The post included an image of her GPS route that tracked the lines of her frantic movements as she tried to get away from the attacker.
"I was able to lock him in the bathroom until police arrived," she wrote. "Thankfully I just took a self-defence class offered at my work and utilised all of it. My face is stitched, my body is bruised but my spirit is intact."
My biggest running nightmare became reality- 4 miles into my long run Sunday afternoon, I stopped to use the restroom and was assaulted by a man hiding in a stall (that is my GPS in red lines). I fought for my life screaming("Not today, M**F**er!"), clawing his face, punching back, and desperately trying to escape his grip- never giving up. I was able to lock him in the bathroom until police arrived. Thankfully I just took a self-defense class offered at my work and utilized all of it. My face is stitched, my body is bruised, but my spirit is intact. #fightingchanceseattle #ballard #runnersafety #marathontraining #womensselfdefense #myballard #fightlikeagirl #fightback #dontbeavictim #nottodaymotherfucker #youcantbreakme #instarunners #garmin #garminvivosmarthr
Demi Lovato just completed five years of sobriety from her cocaine addiction and eating disorder which she went to rehab for when she was 18 years old. In a new Instagram post, the singer admitted that "it's been quite the journey".
"So many ups and downs. So many times I wanted to relapse but sat on my hands and begged God to relieve the obsession," she wrote. "I'm so proud of myself but I couldn't have done it without my higher power (God), my family, friends, and everyone else who supported me. Feeling humbled and joyful today. Thank you guys for sticking by my side and believing in me."
After the European Union's new court rule that allows companies to ban staff from wearing headscarves under certain circumstances was finalised, British Prime Minister Theresa May made her disdain for the issue very clear.
"We have... a strong tradition in this country of freedom of expression, and it is the right of all women to choose how they dress and we don't intend to legislate on this issue," she said.
"There will be times when it is right for a veil to be asked to be removed, such as border security or perhaps in courts, and individual institutions can make their own policies, but it is not for government to tell women what they can and can't wear," she added.