As 2015 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at some of the women that embodied the Strong Is Her Sexy philosophy this past year. In no particular order, because they’re all awesome, we give you 7 Strong and Sexy women of 2015.
After beginning her ballet training at the age of 13, Copeland became the first black female principal ballerina in the 75-year history of the America Ballet Theatre. In addition to her work with the ABT, Copeland made her Broadway debut in the revival of On The Town and is the face of Under Armour’s women line. Copeland is also the subject of the documentary A Ballerina’s Tale.
The comedienne, actress and writer known for her sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer wrote and her starred in the comedy box office hit Trainwreck. In August, Schumer teamed up with her cousin, senator Sen. Chuck Schumer, to address the need for gun control reform after the massacre at a movie theatre in Lafayatte, Louisana. Schumer was also named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people and chosen by Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People list for 2015. Her acceptance speech for Trailblazer of the Year at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London shows exactly what makes her a force to be reckoned with.
Davis made history by becoming the first black actress to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for her role in How To Get Away With Murder. Davis was praised for her acceptance speech which highlighted the need to create more substantial roles for minority women.
This mixed martial artist began her career at age 11, when she began taking Judo classes with her mother. In 2004, Rousey qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and at 17, became the youngest Judoka at the games. Rousey would go on to win a gold medal in the World Junior Championships in 2004 and a bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in 2006. In 2008, Rousey won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing, making her the first American woman to win a medal in women’s Judo. Since her amateur debut in mixed martial arts in 2010, Rousey has become one of the leading female figures in MMA and currently holds a 12-1 record in the UFC. At the 2015 ESPY Awards, Rousey was awarded Fighter of the Year and Best Female Athlete.
The former Olympic champion and reality star came out as a transgender woman in her April 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer. She made her public debut as Caitlyn Jenner in the July 2015 edition of Vanity Fair. Since her public announcement, Jenner has worked to help foster more education about the challenges that the transgender community faces. Jenner was awarded the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the 2015 ESPYS.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Lynch spent time in a private practice before joining the Attorney General’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Lynch became the first black woman to hold the nation’s top law-enforcement position as Attorney General of the United States. In her first few months in the position, Lynch has tackled such issues as FIFA corruption charges and police misconduct in the Baltimore police department among other things.
Lloyd is a professional American soccer player who became the first woman to score three consecutive goals in a FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. After the United States victory over Japan, Lloyd received the Golden Ball Trophy as the best player of the tournament and was also awarded the Silver Boot for her six goals and one assist during the tournament.
This just a small sample of the women who demonstrated that Strong Is Her Sexy during the past year, to inspire you as we turn the corner into the new year.