We Asked the Women Behind POPSUGAR Australia Who They’d Want in Their Own Pink Lady Gang

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When thinking about iconic girl gangs in history, it feels like each generation has their own squad that helps inspire them and spotlight female empowerment. From the Suffragettes at the top of the 1900s all the way to the Spice Girls having everyone scream “girl power!”, sisterhood has been a powerful driving force in every aspect of our lives.

“Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies”, the brand new series exclusive to Paramount+, is all about that special sisterhood, and how it helped form one of the most iconic all-girl squads in all of fiction. You only need to take one look at those infamous pink satin bomber jackets to know exactly what the person wearing it is all about. The Pink Lady mantra is one of strength, subversion and sticking together no matter what.

Despite being set decades ago, this origin story for the most iconic clique at Rydell High is rooted in inclusivity and diversity that we need to see on screen. And yes, before you ask, there’s plenty and plenty of music, both new and reworks of your old favourites.

In celebration of “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies” coming to Paramount+ on April 7, we asked some of POPSUGAR Australia’s very own strong women who they’d want to be a Pink Lady with, and why.


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Zendaya, for obvious reasons. There is nothing that woman can’t do, she’s intelligent, kind and drop dead gorgeous with impeccable style! Honestly, I just think she’s one of the greatest talents of our generation and to be part of a girl gang with Zendaya is really just the dream.

Jennifer Aniston defined a generation, you can’t think of the ’90s without conjuring images of her. But what she’s done for women in recent years, being a voice for those who don’t have children for whatever reason, is nothing short of iconic.

Finally, Michelle Obama. If being in the Pink Ladies could mean having consistent access to Michelle Obama’s eloquence and wisdom, sign me right up!


Meryl Streep, Blake Lively and Viola Davis. Absolute powerhouses both in their roles and as women in the entertainment industry, I really love what and WHO they stand for. To me, the Pink Ladies are female powerhouses, and never afraid to make themselves known.

They’ve always stood out as women lifting the other up and never afraid to speak on the issues that actually matter – Davis and Streep have consistently spoken out about gender inequality within their own industry and Lively has always been very philanthropic towards non-profits for women and gender equality.


Lady Di – an ICON. Can’t you just picture her rocking a silky pink Pink Ladies Jacket 90’s style?!
Margot Robbie – a QUEEN.
Jamie Lee Curtis – the hype woman of all hype women.


Celeste Barber, Evelyn Ellis and my sassy 2-year-old daughter.


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If I could be a Pink Lady with anyone, I think I’d choose a nostalgic path and have Paris Hilton, Hilary Duff, and Britney Spears join me in a pink silk bomber jacket. They might not seem like obvious choices but I think they hold up as symbols of feminism.

Paris, Hilary and Britney grew up in a truly chaotic era of celebrity, where pop culture wanted no one to be happy or succeed. But I think they’ve each come through the other side, and displayed a level of perseverance, dedication and business nous that I can’t help but respect and feel intrigued to be around.


Jennifer Anniston, Kim Kardashian, and Miley Cyrus. These women are fearless and fabulous! They’re funny and so influential in the best ways. Miley Cyrus is super free spirited which is inspiring to all women. Jennifer Aniston is effortlessly beautiful and hilarious and Kim Karsdashian is, well, Kim Kardashian. Need I say more?


Zendaya, Brittney Saunders and Catriona Gray. Why? All three are iconic in their own right. They each excel in their creative pursuits as well as being light, bubbly and fun personalities.


Cat Marnell is an iconic beauty editor, her book How to Murder Your Life is one of my all time favourites. Her journey with her extensions being dreadlocked, and description of getting into cabs after applying too much body oil will always stay with me.

Jessica Pressler reported the Anna Delvey story and The Hustlers at Scores (one turned into a Netflix series, one turned into a iconic feature film) at the same time, while pregnant.

And Anne Boleyn. She seemed like a cool girl, done wrong by a Cancer man, but I’d like to confirm my suspicions!


Dolly Alderton, because she’s a storyteller full of experience and wisdom and I think would encourage all the women around her to share their stories no matter how embarrassing so we could learn from each other.

Ziwe. She’s subversive and asks the questions I always want to ask but am (shamefully sometimes) too afraid to ask! She is fearless and we need more of that.

Audrey Hepburn has always been my style inspiration and true queen of femininity i just want to be in her presence truly and feel inspired to be my authentic dancer/performer/romantic self.


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The first thing that comes to mind when I think about the Pink Ladies is music, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have burst into song while we’re hanging out than Hayley Williams from Paramore. Obviously our musical numbers be bangers, but she’s also a fearless feminist and intersectional as hell!

I’m going to keep this theme running and say the outspoken Victoria Pedretti. I could listen to her say literally anything with her bonkers accent.

Rounding out my own Pink Ladies would have to be Ikumi Nakamura, a game developer and the founder of her own game studio. I’ve been a fan ever since she presented at E3. Historically, E3 presentations are done by white men in plain tees and blazers, and they stand around monotoning about ray tracing and cloud gaming. Despite this, Nakamura cracked jokes, struck poses and seemed genuinely excited to announce her game. It was so cool to see a woman shaking up the boys club of gaming and she’d bring a kind of “I will destroy you with kindness” vibe that my Pink Ladies would thrive on.


Kim Kardashian: the ultimate celebrity, fashion icon and business connoisseur all in one. A true force and powerhouse of contemporary popular culture who would absolutely serve as a Pink Lady.

Hilary Duff. Early 2000’s to present day Queen. Everything she touches is gold. Not many child stars can ride the intense celebrity wave and come out as successful and well-respected an actor as she has managed to do. A natural fit for a Pink Lady IMO.

Viola Davis. Strong, powerful, enigmatic talent. To be a Pink Lady beside this woman would be a privilege.

If you’re looking for more powerful and independent women to inspire you, stream “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies” only on Paramount+ now.

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