Ladies we don't need a specific day to celebrate ourselves, we do that 24/7, 365, but hey we'll raise a glass to all the fabulous women in our lives.

In honour of International Women's Day continue reading for our pick of badass women you should be following and listening to in 2018.


Millie Bobby Brown

At just 14 years old Millie Bobby Brown is proving that age is just a number ( pardon the pun Eleven ). You'll recognise Millie as Eleven from Stranger Things, but when she's not wrestling with the Upside Down, she's amusing us and impressing us with her intellect, hilarity and general awesomeness.

But let's not stop there! She also has her own company, PCMA Productions, with which she will produce and star in a new film franchise of young adult detective novels.

Really puts the 200m swim badge you got at 14 into perspective...

This young lady has an incredible future before her, be sure to follow her here as she takes Hollywood by storm.


Adwoa Aboah

You probably recognise her striking looks, and her success as a model has led to Adwoa to becoming a contributing editor to British Vogue, but Adwoa's real passion project is Gurls Talk. of which she is founder.

The movement aims to create a safe environment where girls can openly share their experiences, and by doing so encourage more necessary conversations so that girls can discover they are not alone, thus help to empower one another.

You can keep up with Gurls Talk on YouTube and Instagram for inspiring discussion on what it means to be a 21st Century girl, and with everything Adwoa Aboah here.


Sophie and Hannah Pycroft

You might not know these sisters by their first name, but you'll certainly know their stunning Spectrum Brushes - a brand that's a personal favourite here at Dirty Martini.

These ladies are testament to hard work paying off!

Unable to find their ideal job roles at home and not wanting to move to London they wrote their own story and started Spectrum - looking to fill a hole in the beauty market for fun and beautiful makeup brushes PLUS all their products are vegan - WIN WIN.

Now worth £12 billion there's a lot to learn from these two business women. Read their full interview here for usable advice on starting you own company.


Charli Howard

Model and body image activist, Charli Howard is driving some important conversations. Considered 'Plus-Size' in the industry, yet being a recovering bulimia and anorexia sufferer, Charli wants to see unification of women where we don't have to be categorised based upon size.

Sitting in the 'Straight-Size' no mans land of modelling as a size 10/12, Charli has felt outcast from both ends of the modelling industry; being told she was too big for certain looks, while being shunned by successful plus-size models who found Charli being considered plus size offensive.

Check out her book Misfit that openly and frankly discusses her eating disorders and mental health struggles, and follow her Instagram for her work with the All Women Project.


Meghan Markle

She certainly needs no introductions, but did you know that the future princess and actress has long been a political and humanitarian activist?

Meghan has been particularly involved with One Young World, a British charity that aims to empower young leaders to create lasting and positive change. In one panel she sat on back at their 2016 summit, she revealed she stood up to Suits writers over gender inequality in the show.

It will be exciting to see how the soon to be royal will use her new found position to further the causes she cares about.

Watch this space...


Maya Jama

Broadcaster, presenter, fashionista, Maya is a star rising exceptionally fast. Hailing from early success as an MTV presenter, this year the 23yr old takes to the airwaves at Radio 1, hosting her own show on Saturday afternoons, and co-hosting with Scott Mills on Fridays.

Head to her Instagram for colourful fashion inspo and check out her Women's Health cover, on all things body positivity out this Thursday 8th March!