7 Of The Most Inspirational Women Entrepreneurs We Look Up To

Written by Dayle PereiraMar 08, 2016
Today when we ask the question who runs the world, the unanimous answer is girls. That’s because women empowerment is taking over the world, one stiletto clad footstep at a time.  Before you jump to the notion that it’s solely the stereotyped entertainment industries where girl power flies highs, think again. From tech to lifestyle, a movement is taking over and that movement is the reign of girl boss. We’re listing our favourite women entrepreneurs and girl bosses who sit in the leadership throne as they take over the world.

Richa Kar, Co-founder and CEO, Zivame

Chiara Ferragni, Blogger and Founder of Chiara Ferragni Collection

There’s nothing like having a woman understand another woman. That is the thought process behind Zivame’s success. After 8 enriching years in retail, Richa Kar’s stint as a consultant for a lingerie retailer led to her eureka moment. After realising that the E-commerce lingerie sector was an open category and women were searching for a discreet way to purchase lingerie from the comfort of their home, Zivame was born. The brand name means ‘Radiant Me’ and more than 4 years later it has become a leader in this domain.


Eva Chen, Head of Fashion Partnerships, Instagram

Chiara Ferragni, Blogger and Founder of Chiara Ferragni Collection

If there was ever a woman who knew fashion inside and out, Eva Chen would be her name. Her previous stint as the editor-in-chief of Lucky allowed her to experience the nitty-gritties of the business. Once she moved on to Instagram to head fashion partnerships, Eva became a phenomenon. Besides being a front row fixture at all fashion weeks and a street style legend, her popular #EvaChenPose is emulated by many on the platform.


Pooja Dhingra, Author and Owner of Le 15 Patisserie and Studio Fifteen

Chiara Ferragni, Blogger and Founder of Chiara Ferragni Collection

One bite into a pistachio macaroon and you’ll realise why the Le 15 Patisserie has reached cult dessert status. After quitting law school, the Le Cordon Bleu educated chef found an interest in the bite-sized dessert and thereafter, there was no turning back. She has gone on to release the Big Book of Treats, a cookbook that serves as a dessert guide. Recently, Pooja Dhingra also opened her new cafe and has been chosen in the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list.


Sophia Amoruso, Author, founder and former CEO of Nasty Gal

Chiara Ferragni, Blogger and Founder of Chiara Ferragni Collection

The very woman to be credited behind the girl boss designation, that’s a title that befits Sophia Amoruso the best. After founding an Ebay store reselling vintage wear at the age of 22, she never expected the Nasty Gal brand to be worth millions. The brand has now established itself with a lifestyle magazine Super Nasty and Sophia, who has been called the ‘Cinderella of tech’, has gone on to publish her pearls of wisdom in her best-selling book, Girl Boss.


Sheryl Sandberg, Author and COO, Facebook

Chiara Ferragni, Blogger and Founder of Chiara Ferragni Collection

Armed with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard, Sheryl Sandberg was a jet-setter right from the start. After working at the U.S Treasury and Google, she moved to Silicon Valley during the tech buzz. As the COO of Facebook who is instrumental in expanding its presence, Sheryl has been named one of America’s Richest Self-Made Women. Her motivational best-seller, Lean In speaks of her journey and making it big in the business world.


Falguni Nayar, Founder and CEO, Nykaa

Chiara Ferragni, Blogger and Founder of Chiara Ferragni Collection

After dedicating 19 years to finance, Falguni Nayar felt the need to take things into her own hands and became an entrepreneur. When she saw the need in the growing beauty and health space for a multi-retail e-commerce venture, she established Nykaa to solve the problem. Today, there’s no one that hasn’t had an experience with the website that stocks everything from Lakmé to TIGI. In her pursuit of making beauty more accessible to women, she has featured in Business Today’s Top 25 women in Business.


Chiara Ferragni, Blogger and Founder of Chiara Ferragni Collection

Chiara Ferragni, Blogger and Founder of Chiara Ferragni Collection

Possibly the most famous blogger in the world, there’s no one in the fashion industry that doesn’t know the name Chiara Ferragni. One of the earliest bloggers at The Blonde Salad back in 2009, there is nothing that Chiara hasn’t done. She has collaborated with designers, partnered with brands, designed capsule collection, and all while winning accolades for it. Today, she is also the owner of her own line of accessories, a social media savant and a global ambassador for a shampoo brand. Her phenomenal success as a blogger and business owner has even been recognised by Harvard Business as a first of its kind case study.

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Dayle Pereira has a penchant for personal style and pop culture while the interests of her heart belong solely to all things beauty and lifestyle.

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