While pursuing your career goals and following your dreams in life, you may want to keep in mind other girl bosses who have already reached these or similar goals, to help you focus on yours. Even if these inspiring women are only fictional - no one ever said that what helps you keep going on should be real. Here's a list of 5 fictional successful business women who's jobs are rather enviable, and set an example to me.
Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada
In The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda Priestly is the editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine called "Runway". Even though the demanding Miranda Priestly does appear to be a rather horrible person to work for, it also does become clear that Runway owes its success largely to her. Her way of running the magazine may not appear pleasant for the rest of the crew, but perhaps it's what makes the magazine the largest of its kind. Of course her way of carrying out her job is not what makes her such an inspiration, but the position she has and the business she runs do. Even more since we all know that the character of Miranda Priestly was made up by a woman who used to work for and possibly got inspired by American Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, someone who has the same success at the real life Vogue as Miranda Priestly has at Runway (and who is one of my biggest inspirations alive) - so perhaps this source of inspiration is not so fictional after all.
Jules Ostin in The Intern
It seems like a dream: Jules Ostin (I imagine her to be still quite young but very successful) decides to start a clothing webshop called "About the Fit", and in only a couple of months it becomes a huge business that keeps on growing. They move into an old factory that is turned into a beautiful, modern, industrial-styled office, that is really just one open space so everyone can easily work together in a laid-back atmosphere which is probably part of the reason for the business' success. Jules Ostin is the head of all this, and even though her workaholic schedule is crazily packed (but manageable thanks to her stay-at-home-dad husband), she loves what she does and I'm pretty sure that's another reason for their success. Both her workaholic spirit, her love for what she does, and the way she runs her business are truly inspirational.
Chloe, Sasha, Jade and Yasmin from the Bratz TV-show
I loved watching these TV-series! I thought Chloe, Sasha, Jade and Yasmin were so cool back in the days. They were just four high school girls and best friends, who had their own teen fashion magazine called "Bratz Magazine", and all four of them contributed to a particular part of the magazine: Chloe wrote about beauty and had an advice column, Sasha wrote about music, Jade about fashion, and Yasmin about all kinds of interesting and important topics. Watching these series might have be the point at which I became interested into the magazine world. Running your own fashion magazine seemed pretty easy in the Bratz TV-show. But at the time, I was more attracted to the clothes the Bratz girls were wearing in the show, and it inspired me for my fashion designs that I drew in my "Create your TOPmodel coloring book" back then.
True Jackson from the True Jackson, VP TV-show
True Jackson is a 15-years-old who is hired by fashion designer Max Madigan to be the vice-president of the youth apparel department at his fashion company "Mad Style". Being a fashion designer is one thing, but being a fashion designer at the age of 15 while still being in high school, is another. I love it how Mr. Madigan immediately sees the talent that True Jackson has, and trusting his own judgement, makes her his VP right away. I always liked the idea of powerful people seeing talent in someone, for example, in the streets, and giving that person a chance, much in the way True Jackson got from Mr. Madigan. True Jackson took her chance, got a job that millions would love to have, and became largely successful in what she does.
Jenna Rink in 13 going on 30
13 going on 30 is one of those movies that I watched too often but that never get old. In this movie, Jenna Rink hates being 13 and desperately wishes to be 30, and that wish happens to come true: one morning Jenna wakes up to find herself as a 30-years-old, and 17 years forward in time. The 30-years-old version of Jenna happens to work at "Poise", a magazine that was her favorite when she was 13 years old. Working for your favorite magazine seems like a dream come true. But Jenna soon finds out that Poise is in trouble, largely because of her, although she can't remember any of that. Jenna decides to fix it all, and, with her 13-years-old's spirit, she comes up with some fresh ideas for the magazine. A proof that when you are stuck, you need to look at something from a different perspective. The things Jenna did when carrying out her ideas for the magazine have left its imprint on me ever since, and it's why I think her job must be great.
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