Five-and-a-half badass women of the week

Shirley Manson, Uma Thurman and two little girls with enough personality to count as a whole lotta woman are on our list of total kickass females this week

By Jamie Khoo | Published: 13 Feb 2015

Week's badass women
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Shirley Manson
There's no beating around the bush with Garbage's lead singer Shirley Manson, who tells it like it is to the man who needs to hear it. Everyone had everything to say about Kanye's remarks about Beck at the Grammys, including that Beck should have given his award to Beyoncé, but Shirley shut that down with a single all-class Facebook post in which she called Kanye out for making himself look "small and petty and spoilt" and "like a complete twat." Word.  

Blue Ivy and North West
Take a toddler to a big fancy event and watch her quickly take over. First, at the Grammys on Sunday, Blue Ivy gave her (musically) royal nod when she told Rihanna she approved of the singer's big pink Giambattista Valli gown, and made it known that she herself had chosen Dior for the evening. Then, North West threw a wobbly at daddy Kanye's Adidas show last night, causing such a ruckus that mum Kim had to take her backstage. Girl knows how to steal the spotlight, right? Nice one, toddlers.

(Photos: badgalriri/Instagram and kimkardashian/Instagram)

Angelina Jolie
It's been a busy time for Angelina, who not only made news in Hollywood with Unbroken, the World War Two film she directed, but has continued to expand her diplomatic and charitable work. The Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees recently raised awareness of what's happening to women in the Middle East in two short docu-films; and shortly after launched a Centre on Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics, the first of its kind in the UK.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Uma Thurman
Not six months after Renée Zellweger showed up at an event looking noticeably different and got endless flak for it, headlines are blowing up again over an actress's apparently altered appearance. This time it's Uma Thurman in the firing line. The 44-year-old actress responded to accusations that she'd had work done with a proverbial shrug of her shoulders, saying on NBC's Today show on Thursday, "I guess nobody liked my makeup. I mean, I've been doing this for years and years and years, and people say things nice and they say things mean, and it's just like – whatever!" Yes, world. Whatever.

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Brooke Axtell
Not to take anything away from Katy Perry's awesome Grammys performance, but it was singer and poet Brooke Axtell's introduction to Katy's song that left the bigger impression on us. The 27-year-old, who is a survivor of sexual abuse, gave a moving spoken word performance that sent a strong message about human trafficking and domestic abuse. Watch her empowering speech here:



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