Strong, independent women: Pinays that wowed the world



Who said you cannot be your own #girlboss? To celebrate Independence Day, we rounded up the Filipinas that wowed the world with their beauty, talent, and big heart.

Pia Wurtzbach

Crowned as Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach taught us that perseverance pays off. More than just a pretty face, she is also a strong advocate of gender equality.

Anna Meloto-Wilk

Co-founder and president of Human Nature, Anna Meloto-Wilk proved that running a successful business can be Pro-Philippines, Pro-Poor, and Pro-Environment. Just recently, Human Nature became the first Asian brand to win the prestigious Sustainable Beauty Award beating industry leaders like Eminence Organic Skin Care and Givaudan.

Jessica Hagedorn

A prolific playwright, writer, poet, and multimedia performance writer, Jessica Hagedorn shed light to the complex relationship many Filipinos in diaspora feel toward their heritage through her work.

Elda Rotor

Who run the Penguin Classics? Elda Rotor. She is responsible for introducing more Filipino literary classics such as ‘Noli Me Tangere’ by Jose Rizal and ‘Doveglion’ by Jose Garcia Villa in the company’s roster of world literature. A girl boss, indeed.

Hailee Steinfeld

Never let age pull you down. Hailee Steinfeld, 13 years old then, shocked the world with her uncompromising portrayal of Mattie Ross in True Grit, which later earned her several awards nominations. Ever since then, she’s been on a roll fulfilling her dreams both as an actress and a singer.

Monique Lhuillier

The unofficial wedding gown designer to Hollywood stars, Monique Lhuillier has solidified her status in the fashion world. Nowadays, the prolific designer is not only known for her bridal gowns, but also for her equally stunning ready-to-wear collections.


Danica Magpantay

The first Filipina and only the second Asian to win Ford’s Supermodel of the World International in 2011, Danica Magpantay’s victory was no ordinary feat especially when you are a newbie in the industry. Blame it on the Filipino genes, we guess.

Patricia Evangelista

A multimedia journalist that focuses on human rights atrocities, disasters, conflicts, and military impunity, Patricia Evangelista is a force to be reckoned with. She has received several international awards for her works as a journalist and is also the first FiIipina to win the International Public Competition in 2004 organized by the English-Speaking Union.


Jaclyn Jose

The first Pinay to win the prestigious Cannes Best Actress Award in 2016, Jaclyn Jose impressed the crowd with her gritty portrayal of a drug dealing matriarch in the film Ma’ Rosa. She bested Hollywood A-listers such as Charlize Theron and Marion Cotillard.

Lea Salonga

This list won’t be complete without our very own Disney Princess turned Broadway Goddess. Lea Salonga is known for her performance in the musical Miss Saigon, which won her the Tony Best Actress Musical Award, Olivier, and Theatre Worlds Awards. She is also one of the few Asians to play the roles of Eponine and Fantine in the musical Les Miserables.

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