7 Female Icons We Are Honouring on International Women’s Day

Like we needed an excuse to honour our favourite women...  

International Women’s Day is right around the corner, which means now is the perfect time to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. To honour the occasion, the All Things Hair team have hand-picked their most iconic female heroes of all time.

See the ATH International Women’s Day hair heroes in our gallery above and for all the details on why we adore them, simply scroll on. You can also join the conversation and tell us who you are shouting out this IWD by tweeting us @AllThingsHairUK.

Danai Gurira

International Women's Day hair icons: Danai Gurira on the red carpet wearing a white blazer dress with bob length box braids, with feathered ends and low drop earrings
Because you can be feminine and fierce. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Jeanette Nkwate, Chief Content Officer UK

For International Women’s Day, my hair hero and idol is Danai Gurira.>. I think that’s mostly due to the fact Danai’s character from TWD, Michonne, is a sword-wielding warrior with locs – and it’s not often that you see a black female character on TV with locs, let alone one that displays such great physical and emotional strength.

Then Black Panther happened, and I was in awe of her lack of hair and mesmerised by the smoothness of her shaved head; she just looked so womanly and powerful on the big screen.

“What I love is that these women are allowed to be fully feminine and fully fierce. And there’s no question, there’s no compromise,” says Danai Gurira in her interview on The View, and I totally agree.

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly coiffed blonde shoulder length hair in smooth back retro waves wearing black v-neck top with white sheer wrap
Unapologetic high-glamour style, Grace Kelly is the original people’s Princess. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Leona English, Editorial Producer

For me, Grace Kelly is the ultimate icon of all time. From Hollywood actress to Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly has the original Meghan Markle fairytale story and the gorgeous style to match.

Ever since seeing her on screen in the Hitchcock movie Rear Window, Grace’s unapologetic high-glamour style instantly made her my favourite icon, simply because she is everything I am not – they do say opposites attract.

Looking so perfectly put together both on and off-screen, Grace’s well-coiffed blonde hair never had a strand out of place and I have never seen a picture of her without an immaculately styled outfit. But it isn’t all about her style, of course.

Soon after marrying Prince Rainier, Grace Kelly stepped away from acting but continued to pursue her philanthropy work. She established foundations, hospitals and orphanages which still continue to make an impact on people’s lives around the world and for that, I honour Grace Kelly as my hero for International Women’s Day.

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts with chocolate brown wavy long bob, wearing low cut nude dress with pearls on it on the red carpet
Emma Roberts is the hair chameleon we all wish we were. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Beth Strong, UK Editor

I’ve loved Emma Roberts ever since her Unfabulous days on Nickelodeon way back when. Since then I’ve grown up watching her work, from the gem that is Wild Child to the more recent hit TV shows Scream Queens and American Horror Story.

She’s probably the only person in the world who could ever persuade me to try brown hair and, despite some of her more daring looks, you’ve got to commend her for not being afraid to step outside the box.

It’s not a matter of all style with no substance either with Emma. She runs an online book club, Belletrist and is always sharing her latest reads, which I think is a great example of celebrities using their social media influence in the best way.



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Thandie Newton

International Women's Day hair icons: Thandie Newton on the red carpet with long naturally curly hair, wearing black halterneck dress on the red carpet
Thandie Newton has shared her views on natural hair discrimination. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Amra Markic, Digital Editor

Ever since I watched Flirting, a film where the young Thandie Newton plays an Ugandan-Kenyan-British teenager dealing with racial prejudice, in an all-white boarding school, I knew I was developing a woman crush.

Having gone through the same experience of being uncomfortable in my skin and unconfident with my natural hair, seeing Thandie speak out against racial and natural hair discrimination, boldly rock her tresses and achieve an OBE for her acting, seriously empowers me to be confident (who knows, I could get an OBE for my writing one day!).

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Michelle Pfeiffer

International Women's Day hair icons: Michelle Pfeiffer with rolled under bob with bangs, wearing blue satin dress on the set of Scarface
Don’t call me “baby”. I’m not your “baby”. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Steven Westgate, Global Editor

Michelle Pfeiffer may not be the first name that comes to mind for many, but let me tell you why I love her and her hair…

It’s the year 1983 and the movie Scarface is all anyone can talk about. Yet while it is has become a cult classic, it’s Michelle Pfeiffer’s ultra sleek long bob and bangs that always steals the show. Curled under ends, anyone?

Skip forward to the next decade and she has turned her hand to a life of crime as Catwoman in Batman Returns. Her tight leather costume may hide away her tresses for a lot of the film but the blonde spiral curls cannot be tamed forever – they’re purrfection!

But aside from her on-screen beauty credentials, she is also a strong advocate for health, animal and environmental welfare, so I think she deserves an extra kudos on International Women’s Day.

Lady Gaga

International Women's Day hair icons: Lady Gaga with a retro styled curly updo, wearing all black while holding an award
Lady Gaga is the first female artist to win all 5 big awards in one season. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Bianca Dodds, Senior Digital Designer

My female icon has to be Lady Gaga. She is a body of elegance, compassion and power. To be the first female artist to win all 5 big awards (with a great retro hairstyle, might I add!) in one season is phenomenal and is a true depiction of fighting for what you want, taking risks, and living with a little edge, no matter who you are.

Margot Robbie

International Women's Day hair icons: Margot Robbie with long golden blonde hair loosely waved, wearing a golden dress on the red carpet
Her latest role as Queen Elizabeth I is iconic. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Saby Salvatierra, Influencer Outreach Manager

I have so many female icons, but currently, it’s Margot Robbie. I already loved her, but after watching her in Mary Queen of Scots and I, Tonya, I’m even more of a fan. She’s a wonderful actress, now producing too, and she’s just super charming. She’s effortlessly glamorous and I feel super motivated by her.


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