Women Role Models: Celebrating Women Who Speak Their Truths

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 11:30 AM

It's time, everyone. It’s time to end the stigma, to end the silence and to stand up for the truth. Women of Hollywood and women all over the world are taking a stand to tell the world that it is okay to talk about your trauma. Now, it’s about creating a safe space, a safe community where women can talk about their experiences. 

In celebration of women and their stories, we talk about the women who have publicly shared their stories, spoken their truths and have been respected more for it. These stories were shared not so we can feel sorry for them, but so we can hold the ones responsible accountable for their actions—and know that if the same thing happens to us, we have somewhere to turn to. 


Uma Thurman

 

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In the wake of the several, several sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the Internet was shaken to its core when the New York Times published a detailed piece (‘This Is Why Uma Thurman is Angry’) where actress Uma Thurman detailed her history with her abusers, speaking openly about what happened to her. “I am one of the reasons that a young girl would walk into his room alone, the way I did,” she shares.

 

Rihanna

 

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If there was any reason to doubt her status as a queen, it’s important to remember that Rihanna has been through a lot. She was in a very public, violent and abusive relationship for a time in her life, with all the details exposed to the public. After that, she was also famously cheated by her accountant and bankrupt, which she sings about in ‘B*itch Better Have My Money.’ These experiences have been central to her art and her music, and make her the icon she is today. By not shying away from what happened to her, she inspires girls all over the world. 

 

Demi Lovato

 

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It’s not easy being a teenage star—take it from Demi Lovato, who basically had to go through puberty in the harsh glare of the spotlight. The world wasn’t quite sure what to make of her for a time. Until she revealed that she used to self-medicate with a dangerous combination of alcohol and drugs. It was a long, hard journey for her, where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was being treated for bulimia as well. All of this she shared after finally becoming sober, sharing her triumph with the world after celebrating six years of sobriety. 

 

Carrie Fisher

 

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Carrie has never hidden her problems with drugs and addiction. In her final book, The Princess Diarist, she shares that she always considered herself an addict, only recently realizing that she was severely manic depressive. She detailed all her struggles in her books, somehow offering comfort to those who are going through the same thing. She wanted people to be aware of the link between depression and addiction and championed that cause until her death.

 

Who are your role models?

 

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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