It's important to see diverse and inspiring female representations on our screens, which is why we're blessed to have a plethora of queens at our fingertips.
The following 6 heroine figures (all available to be admired on
Stan) may be eclectic in their personalities, goals and pursuits, but what unites them is their individuality, determination and wit. So without further ado, sit back and prepare to bask in the glory of 6 iconic modern-day heroines in film and television right now.
Alexa, play "Good as Hell" by Lizzo.
Kat, The Bold Type
The Bold Type has been championed for its modern-day representation of career-driven women and sexual exploration. In the pilot, Kat discovers her attraction to another woman and realises that perhaps she isn't as straight as she once thought she was. What ensues is a refreshing take on female queerness, as she boldly comes out to her straight mates later in life.
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Nine Ball, Ocean's 8
It's worth disclosing that the entire
Ocean's 8 cast is more-than-worthy of their own separate profiles, but there was no way we could look past Rihanna (I mean, Nine Ball). Hacking security systems while serving lewks? That's some inspired 21st century content.
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Panti Bliss, The Queen of Ireland
In 2019, it's important to recognise non-traditional portrayals of femininity and gender. This is why Panti Bliss, renowned in-real-life drag queen, is a breath of fresh air. Panti's documentary follows her journey in becoming one of the most prominent voices in LGBTQ+ advocacy today.
Watch it here.
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Stephanie Smothers, A Simple Favour
Anna Kendrick), a single mother and vlogger, gets unknowingly embroiled into an investigation when secretive upper-class woman Emily ( Blake Lively) goes missing. Not only is it inspiring to see characters who are driven single mothers, but it's also motivating to watch a character determined to succeed despite being thrown into a totally unexpected circumstance.
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Desna Simms, Claws
This drama series follows some badass manicurists who also find themselves caught up in some hefty drama — the criminal underworld, just casually.
Claws depicts once-underestimated queens who are determined to thrive. And girl, do they thrive.
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Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation
Leslie Knope is the voice of our generation. Hear me out on this one — the Deputy Director of the Parks and Recreation Department is a prime example of a modern-day heroine because she is witty, has intellect and is the literal backbone to the future of Pawnee. Yes, she may be a little rough around the edges, and she may get herself into some sticky situations, but, when times are tough, she carries Ron, April and the gang to (semi-)victory. Long live Leslie.
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