While all of us at Johnny Was celebrate women every single day, it’s always good to take some time and acknowledge the cool ladies that impact our lives; from parents, teachers and cherished friends, to frontline activists and outspoken authors. Below are just some of the women we love for their ability to take us higher, make us proud and let us know it’s OK be exactly who you want.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”—Maya Angelou 

Angelou's poetry and prose inspired generations with her message of hope and harmony, the way she described situations and times in her life always felt powerful yet relatable. A seemingly endless talent, she managed to pack a little bit of everything into her life from dancer, film director, activist, poet, and even wrote a cookbook in her seventies. The perfect mix of wisdom, beauty and grace.

“When you listen and attend to the needs of your body, mind, and spirit, your natural beauty comes out.” —Christy Turlington

Hands down, one of the most beautiful women in the world, but for many years Turlington has spent her time spearheading Every Mother Counts, an organization that raises funds and awareness to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for moms everywhere. We also love her balanced approach to living which includes yoga,  ayurvedic healing and an endless curiosity and lust for life.

“I'm just too busy living every day to really spend a lot of time thinking 'am I old?' I'm this age. I am in this moment and in this life.”—Emmylou Harris

                     [Johnny Was Kimono]

Not only has Harris won 14 Grammy’s and collaborated with everyone from Bob Dylan to Ryan Adams, we love her because she’s a champion of animal rights, and even set up a rescue facility in her hometown of Nashville. She’s also a lover of Johnny Was so we also give it up for her inimitable style.

“I believe that every single event that happens in life is an opportunity to choose love over fear.”—Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey is the prime example of ‘if you want something, go for it’, as well as the epitome of perseverance and living fearlessly. She manages to keep it real, sharing her struggles and her triumphs with us, while still being one of the richest people in the country.

So, to the ladies everywhere, in all the different walks of life, today is the day we all rise up in support, love and unity. Now get out there and do your thing. xo