2017 has been the year of women being bold, badass and beautiful. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up impactful Instagram posts from our favorite female celebs who have inspired us in so many ways. Ready to be shook by the empowerment?
January: RiRi Celebrates Women
Rihanna started the year off with an empowering and inspiring post at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Her caption, “So proud to be a woman” has been our motto all year long.
February: Beyonce’s Pregnancy Announcement
Beyonce broke the internet with her extravagant floral pregnancy announcement while carrying twins Rumi and Sir. Her photo was the perfect portrayal of the beauty of pregnancy and motherhood. (She also re-broke the internet with this post-birth photo featuring the newborn twins.)
March: Zendaya on International Women’s Day
Outspoken activist and actress Zendaya shared this photo on International Women’s Day, reminding us to always be “Feminist AF.”
April: Ariel Winter’s Body Positivity
Ariel Winter shares a photo in a butt-bearing outfit, which was followed by another post weeks later shutting down online body shamers and cyberbullies.
May: Ariana Grande’s Words for Manchester
Ariana Grande shared an emotional and empathic post for her fans after the tragic bombing at her concert in Manchester, London. Ariana paused her Dangerous Woman tour and held the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert to raise proceeds for the victims.
June: Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Gal Gadot shared this fierce post from The Hollywood Reporter after the release of Wonder Woman. The actress reminds us of how fearless she is in her role in the female-directed film (which Gal filmed while pregnant!).
July: Ashley Graham on National Bikini Day
Plus-sized model and body positivity advocate Ashley Graham often speaks out for plus-sized women to celebrate their bodies and curves. The model celebrated National Bikini Day in July with a fearless and fun photo.
August: Serena Williams Pregnant Vogue Shoot
Serena William has always encouraged women to be strong and sexy through her athletic career. In August, she also showed the strength that she carried during her pregnancy.
Just a few days after announcing I was pregnant, we did this shoot for the @voguemagazine iconic September issue. I was so energetic that day but then I remember being totally exhausted and needed to take a break for an hour. I was still trying to understand this whole pregnancy process. Nowadays I have no ankles or toes and my fingers resemble sausages but it’s moments like this that are captured by @mariotestino that makes everything worthwhile. Dress by my love @donatella_versace
September: Selena Gomez’s Kidney Transplant
Selena Gomez shared a heartfelt hospital photo with her friend Francia Raisa after their kidney transplant surgery. Selena later thanked Francia again in her Billboard Woman of the Year Speech.
I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith
September Honorable Mention: Fenty Beauty Teaser
Rihanna dropped the promo video for the launch of Fenty Beauty, and the world of cosmetics has never been the same.
October: Demi Lovato’s #SimplyComplicated Documentary Trailer
Demi Lovato shared the trailer for her personal documentary, #SimplyComplicated, where she empowered many people by sharing her battle with drugs, depression and self-harm.
November: Ming Xi’s Inspiring Runway Fall
Victoria Secret model Ming Xi shared an inspiring post after her unedited fall on the runway during the 2017 Victoria Secret Fashion Show. The “fallen Angel” charmed us with her humble and gracious caption.
As many of you may already know, I fell during my 5th year walking at the Victoria’s Secret show yesterday. It was no doubt one of the hardest moments I have ever had to go through in my career, especially since the show was taking place in my hometown, in front of my mother’s and my people’s eyes. However, the support I received from everyone yesterday was incredible and I am truly grateful to everyone who was there for me. @ed_razek Thank you for your supportive words and your continuous support throughout these 7 years. @giizeleoliveira Thank you for helping me up after the fall, it was a very selfless and loving act from you. Thank you to all the girls who rushed to comfort me at backstage after what had happened, you are all family to me. Lastly thank you to everyone who sent and left me supportive messages. I will pick myself up from where I fell, and I will keep going in order to repay all the support you all have given me!! #vsfashionshow @victoriassecret
December: Gabrielle Unions Everything
Gabrielle Union has inspired us numerous times this year with the release of her new hair care products, publication of her book of empowering essays and her uplifting posts and donations to two female anchors who were body-shamed. Gabrielle is showing us that boss babe power isn’t ending with 2017.