10 new feminist icons you should definitely follow this year

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – NOVEMBER 04: Host Awkwafina attends the 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for HFA)


Last but never least, Awkwafina. Most recently known for her roles in Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean’s 8, Awkwafina definitely made her mark in film history this year. And it was much needed in terms of portraying racial diversity on the big screen. But that’s just one part of the equation. Awkwafina is also a rapper and has released two studio albums, first gaining popularity with her song “My Vag.” This came shortly after Mickey Avalon’s “My D–k” came out and her response has rendered over 4 million views on YouTube.

Since these achievements, she’s been a strong supporter of the Time’s Up movement in Hollywood. She’s also been quick to speak up about the lack of female directors while also addressing the stereotyping of Asians in media. She’s been known to turn down roles in movies and television that require an accent, inspiring other actresses to do the same when it comes to stereotyping their own backgrounds, races, and religions.

Awkwafina is leading the way in Hollywood to fight for gender equality and racial equality

"“Awkwafina was a dream I was chasing, and in some ways, I am still chasing her. But we need to take risks. We need to go broke. We need to prove them wrong, simply by not giving up. Awkwafina wasn’t supposed to exist, but somehow she does. And I think about it everyday, that she was born for one reason only- to show every person out there, that it is possible.” – Awkwafina"

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I find myself honored to be existing in the same timeline as these women. I feel inspired and in awe of their power, strength, and dedication to make life better for their sisters. And I’m thrilled to follow them this year as feminists who will absolutely make a mark in this world.