As Gina Carey said, “A strong woman looks a challenge in the eye and gives it a wink.” There is nothing but the truth in that statement.
As we welcome a brand new generation, we see strong, independent women creating spaces for themselves in today’s society. From models to actresses, writers to activists, these 20 badass women are what define a modern female.
1. Charlotte McKinney
First up is the 26-year-old model and actress Charlotte McKinney.
Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, this badass girl was subject to much bullying growing up. Her physical development during puberty which she describes as a “curvier bombshell with extremely big boobs” got the ire of her school pals.
She dropped out of high school at age 17 and pursued modeling but as success was not imminent at the time, McKinney ventured into other social media platforms like Instagram where she attained immediate success.
We first got a glimpse of her at a Carl’s Jr. commercial where she was seen walking in a farmer’s market declaring she’s an all-natural, giving hints that she is all but naked inside. Cut the long story short, the commercial revealed her in a bikini sexily chomping on that all-natural burger. The commercial aired regionally during Superbowl in 2015 and she never stopped since.
If only the high school bullies knew what they were losing…
2. Selena Gomez
If you still see Selena Gomez as that cute little girl in Barney and Friends, you should get yourself updated.
This American actress and singer practically grew up in public eye, and grown beautifully she has.
Born in Texas, Selena started her career young. She was cast in numerous Disney shows and was getting projects left and right when in about 2012, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, lupus. With this diagnosis, she underwent a kidney transplant from actress and friend Francia Raisa. During the surgery, she was also known to have broken an artery, to which another surgery had to be done.
Aside from her commercial, TV, and movie shoots, she is now a voice for body positivity. With that body and face, what’s there not to love?
3. Sasha Lane
Another Texan girl on our list is Sasha Lane.
Born of an American father and a Maori mother, this babe once worked as a waitress in Frisco before being an actress. Sunbathing on a beach one spring break afternoon was all it took for her to be noticed by director Andrea Arnold, who later on cast her on the film American Honey. The movie premiered to Cannes where had many heads turned.
From waitress to actress, she has never looked back since. This badass girl sure knows how to work for her dreams.
4. Hailey Clauson
California babe Hailey Clauson started modeling at age 14. We know her from the covers of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2016. Sports Illustrated aside, she was also on the Forever 21 and Jag Jeans catalogs.
This 24-year old was once signed up on the spot in Los Angeles by Ford Models, where she worked for a few years until transferring to Marilyn Agency.
This badass girl is an environmentalist and does not own a car.
5. Natalie Pack
At age 19, she was in America’s Next Top Model Cycle 12.
This California-based model maintains an amazing Instagram profile filled to the brim with jaw-dropping photos of her latest escapades somewhere. What sets her apart, however, are her Instagram stories of her behind the scenes of real estate life, a lot of videos of her latest adventures, and some good, sweaty workouts.
To top it all off, she is a real estate expert, a health and nutrition coach, and an Instagram hottie. Now, if that’s not a badass girl, we don’t know what is.
6. Rebecca Boatman
Rebecca is an Instagram babe that’s popular for her dating and relationship tips.
Her forte is coaching women on how to find their ideal man. She’s cute, she’s young, and she’s sass but if you pay close attention to everything that she’s saying, you could probably pick up a thing or two about how you could become the kind of man that can attract the girl of your dreams.
She brings you an inside look into what women crave for in a man. Read between the lines and you’ll find them women lusting and wanting.
7. Jennifer Lawrence
We know her as Katniss in Hunger Games but unknown to most, this 29-year old American actress made headlines when in 2015, she published an essay through Lenny, Lena Dunham’s newsletter, about differences in wages in Hollywood. She further states that the wage gap she brought to the limelight is somehow influenced by one’s gender, a claim that had the word “feminist” attached to her image ever since.
Jennifer Lawrence is also a known supporter of Planned Parenthood.
8. Cameron Russell
Cameron Russell, an American model, is more than just a sizzling hot babe that walks the runway. She is outspoken on a variety of social and political concerns, from climate change to fair wages to clean energy, Cameron has encouraged a society where there is no fear to speak out for something done wrong.
In 2017, she has also contributed in the #MeToo movement by using Instagram as a platform for her to solicit accounts and post anonymous narratives from friends, colleagues, and other models on personal experiences of exploitation.
9. Christy Turlington
It started with difficulties with the birth of her first child when model Christy Turlington started reading about maternal health. Upon finding out that thousands die from childbirth-related complications worldwide, she started working with NGO CARE, an organization her mother already supports.
She then collaborated with Product Red, a brand that works in promoting awareness for HIV and AIDS.
Christy is not just a model but a director as well. In 2010, this strong, independent woman directed a documentary entitled No Women No Cry which shows the staggering number of maternal deaths worldwide. She also founded a non-profit organization named Every Mother Counts.
10. Paige VanZant
Born Paige Michelle Vanderford, this mixed martial artist, and author is part of UFC’s flyweight division. She also appeared at shows like Dancing with the Stars and Chopped.
Ranked number 14 in UFC Women’s Flyweight Rankings, this badass girl grew up in a school where it was common for students to carry knives and guns. This prompted her to pursue MMA for protection.
Now, we figure it’s you who needs protection?
11. Devon Windsor
Discovered at an early age of 14 years old, Devon Elizabeth Windsor is a model and athlete. Unknown to most, she played field hockey, lacrosse tennis, and also ran track before becoming a model. This 25-year old Missouri badass girl also competed in the 2012 Missouri State Finals in the high jump event.
Modeling and sports aside, she is also popular for her interest in food, garnering a wide array of audiences for her fitness tips, beauty regimens, and recipes on her social media and vlog accounts.
In 2016, she was one of the contestants for Gordon Ramsay’s MasterChef Celebrity Showdown where she competed with another model, Gigi Hadid.
12. Kristen Bell
Popular for roles in movies like The Boss and Bad Moms, this badass girl from Michigan is a voice that fights for gender pay gap. She appeared in a feminist video, Pinksourcing, that fights for women to have opportunities for fair pay in the workplace.
Aside from her being the voice to fight for many social issues, she also plays the voice of Anna in Disney’s Frozen and Frozen 2.
13. Danica Patrick
This badass girl has changed the game for American racers. Being the most successful female in the world of professional racing, Danica Patrick is the first woman to win the Indy Japan 300 race.
From playing a guy’s game in racing to landing endorsement jobs in numerous GoDaddy commercials, this babe is not just about that pretty face. She very well knows how to make use of that stick. Who can be more badass than that?
14. Anastasia Ashley
Born in California, this surfer babe started hitting the waves at age 5 before relocating to Hawaii. A year later, she won her first surfing contest with the use of a run-down board she found in a garbage bin outside her home. The win started her surfing career, which, later on, earned her numerous titles including a National title at age 16. She was also named Rookie of the Year numerous times and appeared in an edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
Surfing aside, she has her jewelry line named Gypsy Jet and appeared once in Hell’s Kitchen.
She is a vegan and has posed for PETA’s vegetarian ads.
15. Jenn Brown
She’s earned a softball scholarship from Florida and not only that but graduated summa cum laude. Jennifer Lynn Brown is not your typical sports broadcaster and TV host. She was a Division I Collegiate from the University of Florida before spending eight long years reporting and hosting ESPN shows. Not just that but this lady was also a host for American Ninja Warrior.
Talking about badass women, this softball lady knows how to handle them balls. That’s enough reason to put her here!
16. Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson is widely known for her role in the Fifty Shades Films where she was Anastasia Steele. This model and actress is the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, who started her career at age 10.
The Fifty Shades star, when asked about her role in the films, quipped, “I completely disagree with people who think Ana’s weak. I think she’s stronger than he is. Everything she does is her choice. And if I can be an advocate for women to do what they want to do with their bodies and not be ashamed of what they want, then I’m all for that.”
Now, that’s a strong woman in our midst!
17. Zoe Kravitz
There’s no meeting the parents with this babe, as we already know them!
Daughter to Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, this model and actress go beyond that pretty face. This badass girl modeled for Alexander Wang and just like her dad is the lead singer of her band Lolawolf.
18. Allison Stokke
There’s just so much promise for a badass girl who knows how to handle a pole.
Allison Rebecca Stokke Fowler is an American athlete and model that sure is sizzling. At an early age, she broke a series of American records for high school pole vaulting. At 17, those fierce eyes and bod to die for were featured all over the web, resulting in her being an internet phenomenon, which sparked debates about the sexualization of women in sports through the internet.
19. Ireland Baldwin
This, too! We know her parents!
This fashion model and actress is the daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin.
This badass girl once posed nude for PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign, exactly 24 years after her mother had the same stint.
In 2019, she posted an Instagram story about the Human Life Protection Act and that she was a victim of sexual assault. Baldwin revealed that she is a survivor and that there will come a day when she will be revealing the true story.
20. Hailey Baldwin
We seem to have a thing with the Baldwins in here. Hailey Baldwin, daughter of Alec Baldwin’s brother, Stephen, has quite a strong modeling resume at an early age.
This 22-year old first signed up with Ford Models and appeared in magazines such as Tatler and LOVE. She’s a TV host, a model, an actress, and has also forayed into the business side of things.
How badass could a girl be? And this, at 22!
The world is over with women staying at home as housewives. Now, we have strong, independent women who know exactly what they want and these badass women are not afraid to work for it.
Do you have your badass girl on the list?