When it comes to badassery, girls are in no way behind guys. Successful, individualistic, these are the women we must look up to. Their very existence shouts out the words,”Be Yourself Uninhibited.” So here’s a list of 10 select badass women, everybody must take inspiration from.

1. Miley Cyrus

I bet the first thing that came to your mind when you read this was “twerk twerk twerk”. The ultimate feminist, she is the frontrunner of the “free the nipple” campaign. She even started a charity, called the Happy Hippie Foundation, to help homeless youth and as well as those who identify as LGBT, and has thrown her celebrity clout behind it all the way, recruiting musician friends like Ariana Grande and Joan Jett to help out with money-raising efforts.

2. Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor has come to be known for the dominant themes present throughout many of her song lyrics, such as womanhood, empowerment and positive body image. She is the most outspoken person in the music industry and is not afraid of standing up to body shamers. Quoting her- “Growing up, I didn’t get the talk of ‘Make sure boys take you on a date and treat you right.’ So I was the girl who wasn’t dating and would just text. I dated these guys who didn’t have jobs, and I would always be paying. At one point, I remember looking in the mirror and thinking, ‘You’re too pretty and cool to be treated like this.'”

3. Melanie Martinez

An artist who is badass to the very core, Melanie, offers satire in each one of her songs. She is otherwise known as “the inspiration for a Tumblr generation”. Quoting some strong lines of her self-written song, Mrs. Potato Head- “Is it true that pain is beauty? Does a new face come with a warranty? Will a pretty face make it better?” Her songs carry deep messages and break stereotypes associated with women. She is considered to be a cross between Lana Del Rey and Halsey.

4. Madonna

At the Billboard Women in Music 2016 event, where she was honored as Woman of the Year, she opened her thank-you remarks with this zinger: “I stand before you as a doormat, Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer,” She went on: “Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse.” Madonna is no stranger to expressing exactly how she’s feeling. In front of a crowd of protestors at the Women’s March on Washington, she declared: “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” she said at the January 21 event.

5. Kesha

In September of 2015 — while she was in the midst of one of the worst times in her life — Kesha, an ordained minister, married her makeup artist Vittorio Mascecchia and his longtime partner, Felipe Noquiera and showed her support for the LGBT community. Kesha has been all about feminism for years now— or at least since before feminism became a Hollywood buzz word. Quoting her- “Just because I drink doesn’t mean I’m a drunk. Just because I have sex, and I’m not embarrassed about it, doesn’t mean I’m a whore. If men can do it, why can’t a woman do it? I really feel one of my main reasons for being on this earth is to level the playing field just a little bit.” Kesha has spread the word about street dogs, the trophy hunting of endangered lions, shark-finning, Canada’s commercial seal slaughter, dogfighting and cruelty-free cosmetics, among many other important animal welfare concerns.

6. Kate Nash

Every time we’ve seen Kate Nash perform, the instant reaction has been, “What a badass!” That she was able to morph from being that poppy red-headed teen to a pink or orange-haired punk rock princess is a testament to her growth as a musician.

“Wake up every morning and tell yourself that you’re a badass bitch from hell and that no one can fuck with you and then don’t let anybody fuck with you.” This was Kate Nash’s advice to college students. The best part about her is that she didn’t do what others wanted her to. She followed her heart and chose music that wasn’t mainstream to air her ideas and opinions using the mode of music.

7. Lady Gaga

This woman here has seen her share of troubles and it made her go from Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta to Lady Gaga. She has been abused in the past and this fact helped her speak up for others who suffer the same. Her song “Til It Happens To You” was a slap in the face of the society that is insensitive towards victims of sexual abuse. Here are some spine-chilling lines from the song:-

“Till your world burns and crashes
 Till you’re at the end, the end of your rope
 Till you’re standing in my shoes

 I don’t wanna hear a thing from you, from you, from you
 ‘Cause you don’t know.”

8. Lily Allen

It is one of the charms of Lily Allen, in her life and her music, that she has always been an open book. In a world of prefabricated pop music, where every new artist seems to be groomed, stage managed and airbrushed, Allen seems to be wholly and refreshingly herself. Then there’s the controversy over a song from the album, Hard Out Here, she dropped a witty jibe at the objectification of women– “no need to shake my ass for you, cos I’ve got a brain.” Its accompanying video, a pastiche of misogynist rap videos, featuring a handful of scantily clad, gyrating black dancers (which has had 23 million views) – had commentators agonising over the definitions of feminism.

9. Beyoncé

She reminds us to follow our dreams, to get rid of the crappy jobs we have and to do what we love even if that means starting over or singing in front of a grocery store to get your first break. When someone calls you a bad bitch it’s a good thing and she owns the words of slay, bitch and fierce, so she preaches. She is totally okay admitting women run this world and that you should bow down to us. The words “I slay” were immortalised by her. They remind us to be proud of who we are, our bodies, what we have accomplished and to have self-love. Her visual album Lemonade created waves in the subtle way it spoke up against everything wrong that women have to deal with. The lyrics of her song “Don’t hurt yourself” go something like this-

“I am the dragon breathing fire

Beautiful man I’m the lion

Beautiful man I know you’re lying

I am not broken

I’m not crying, I’m not crying.”

10. Rihanna

It’s no secret: Rihanna does what she wants. She’s unapologetic, sassy and generally just a major badass. And it’s why we love her for it, ‘cause it feels so good being bad. RiRi’s girl power was in full effect during the 2017 women’s marches. Her protest fashion was totally on point too – dressed head-to-toe in pink, she opted for a hoodie which read “this p***y grabs back” because, well, why not? At her Rogue Man fragrance launch in October 2014, a reporter dared to ask Rihanna what she was looking for “in the next man”. Her response? “I’m not looking for a man, let’s start there.” Sass level Goddess.