1. Dita Von Teese
The queen of sexy, the leader of lingerie and the medusa of men, Dita Von Teese taught us about curves, winged eyeliner and lace - also bondage, leather and suspenders. Dita Von Teese is the epitome of the classic woman, she is sleek, sexy and has a certain compelling superiority about her. If voluptuous curves in skin-tight lingerie is on the menu, so it Dita.
2. Lisa Newman
The wife of ex-premier Campbell Newman, Lisa has taught women of all ages many lessons – like how to rock a pixie-cut. But her social standing and more importantly that of her husband let her teach us how not to support your better half in public. If he’s powerful, in the social spotlight and on TV, do not partake in a public display of affection. We don’t care if he’s just won an election, there is a time and place for everything. And there isn’t a lot which is appropriate during a live news telecast.
3. Oprah Winfrey
The world watched Oprah eat her way through countless diets over countless years – but at her retirement she was bold, big and beautiful. Curvy was Oprah’s whole visage, her image, who she was throughout her showbiz career and if she was anything but, she wouldn’t be the Oprah we all appreciated of a weekday lunch time. She taught us slender did not always equal successful.
4. Sarah Jessica Parker
First she was Carrie Bradshaw but decades later she’s still Sarah Jessica Parker. SJP might be most well known following her leading role in Sex and the City but as much as she was the fashionista on screen, she taught us to be the true fashionista in real life as well. SJP reminded us to be our own person after our day jobs – however iconic they might be.
5. Samantha Armytage
Appearing in the homes of thousands of Australians every morning is a good enough reason to as any to say this TV host has power. And at 30-something and single, she is the diva of breakfast television. Samantha Armytage taught us to keep work and play where they belong, to separate our private lives from our careers and relish in the fact we’re single. Or at least let all of Australia think so.
6. Michelle Obama
She wears Preen and Chanel, she’s a mother and the first lady. Is there anything this woman can’t do without looking like she’s just met with a stylist? Michelle Obama taught us anytime is a good time to dress for the part, first lady of America or first lady of our own home.
7. Coco Chanel
She made clothes from curtains, named a purse after her lover and founded the most successful fashion house in the globe. Coco Chanel taught us all there is to know about holding power.