Inspirational Females in TV and Film

It’s officially the season of cosying up with a hot chocolate-or some mulled wine, if that’s your thing- and some good TV shows and films.  When I still lived with my parents, I’d love nothing more than ,in the Winter, snugging up in bed as soon as I got home from from school and sticking on a classic rom-com or a few episodes of Gossip Girl.

As we’re heading into the colder months, I’ve decided it’s about time I invest in a TV for my room. It’s one of the things I’m trying to save up for at the minute and after doing some research, a hdr (or ultra hd premium) tv Panasonic is the one I’m trying to aim for. They have a super-sleek design and bright, colourful display which will be the perfect set to watch some of my favourites on.

So today I thought I’d share with you my top picks featuring some of the most inspirational females in entertainment. These are the characters who have enthralled and motivated throughout both my teenage and adult years and as we head into the gloomier evenings, taking care of ourselves and staying inspired is even more important.


Elle Woods, Legally Blonde (2001)

Portrayed by Reese Witherspoon

Elle Woods breaks all stereotypes and proves well and truly that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. In Law school, she was doubted, patronised and ridiculed because of her looks, but she showed everyone just how skilled and talented she is with her hard work and dedication. She oozes self-confidence, has the kindest of hearts and a beautifully positive mind.

“You must always have faith in people, but most importantly you must always have faith in yourself.”

Jenna Rink, 13 Going on 30 (2004)

Portrayed by Jennifer Garner

Jenna wished she was thirty, flirty and thriving and with a little help from some magic dust, that is just what she became. Her dream life became a reality as she took New York City by storm, but it wasn’t without its challenges as Jenna faced betrayal, heartache and loneliness. However, as tough as things got for her, Jenna stayed true to herself and the people around her.

“I’m a tough bitch.”

Betty Suarez, Ugly Betty (2006-2010)

Portrayed by America Ferrera

Betty Suarez, my gal. She’s the lady who inspired me to study journalism and to start up this blog. The series, which ran from 2006 to 2010, was the series of my early teenage years. It revolves around 22-year-old Betty Suarez who lives in Queens and, despite her lack of style, lands the job of Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief at high-fashion magazine Mode. Throughout the four series, Betty’s life is made difficult by her colleagues, although she holds her own and shows everyone just what she is made of. She’s a strong, hard-working woman who won’t let anyone or anything bring her down no matter how hard they try. She proves that no matter where you come from, you CAN achieve great things. Despite the show coming to an end due to low ratings, Betty is sure to have inspired many people, no matter their age, race or gender, just as she inspired me.

“You are an attractive, intelligent, confident business woman.” 

Blair Waldorf, Gossip Girl (2007-2012)

Portrayed by Leighton Meester

We all marvelled at her life on the Upper East Side, watching her grow up and learn all about friendship, family, love and heartbreak. Queen B was an inspiration for many of us during the Gossip Girl years. From her strength to fight for what she believes in to her undoubted style (remember THOSE headbands), Blair showed us how strong, determined and powerful she is. Behind all of GG’s glitz, glam and underage drinking, the show told us all the very real struggles and triumphs of teenage life. xoxo

“If you really want something, you don’t stop for anyone or anything until you get it.”

Renee Barrett, I Feel Pretty (2018)

Portrayed by Amy Schumer

I left this film with a whole load of new found self-love, confidence and positivity that I never knew I could’ve felt. Renee wakes up after hitting her head during a SoulCycle class with bags of confidence that she never had before, finally seeing herself as beautiful. The film shows that insecurity doesn’t discriminate, with Emily Ratajkowski’s character voicing her self doubts, who Renee sees as the “perfect” person. By the end, Renee comes to see that her dream life, including her ideal job and relationship, were always in reach, she just needed to believe in herself.

“I’m me and I’m proud to be me.” 


This is a collaborative post. All views and opinions are my own. Photo credit to MGM.


  1. Carol Shaw
    11th October 2018 / 7:37 pm

    Now I feel the need to watch Ugly Betty again. Time to get the DVD’s out 😀

  2. 16th October 2018 / 10:16 pm

    I’m deffo going to rewatch Gossip Girl now! Love this! Xx

    • Emma Kershaw
      19th October 2018 / 9:45 am

      I’m rewatching at the minute, it’s so different watching it as an adult rather than a teenager haha! xxx

  3. 7th November 2018 / 7:49 am

    I agree with you about Elle Woods! I also love the movie 🙂

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