Each year, more and more women are making phenomenal achievements in various industries, dispelling the traditional beliefs of many cultures that they are only limited to the expectations set by male-dominated groups. NY Weekly’s Top Ten Females of 2021 is a celebration of the remarkable inner strength that women display as they confidently climb to success. It is a way of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of women who have made an incredible impact in their field, community, and scope of influence. It hopes to empower other women to fearlessly pursue their dreams, to never apologize for their successes, and to never be afraid to express their opinions, showcase their artistry, and uphold their voice. After all, what would become of a world without the tenacity, persistence, and hard work of women?
Oprah Winfrey is a billionaire media executive and philanthropist who became extremely popular through her show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which aired on television from 1986 to 2011. In the show’s first year, it appeared on 120 channels with an audience of ten million people worldwide. By the end of its first year, it grossed $125 million, $30 million of which was given to Oprah. In 2011, she launched her own TV network called the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
Oprah is also an actress and starred in several films, including The Color Purple (1985), There are No Children Here (1993), Beloved (1998), The Butler (2013), and A Wrinkle in Time (2018), to mention a few.
She was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, on January 29, 1954. She entered Tennessee State University in 1971 and began her work on radio and television in Nashville.
2. Cardi B
Cardi B is an American rapper who was born Belcalis Almanzarin New York City. She was born on October 11, 1992, to a Dominican father and a Trinidadian mother. She attended Renaissance High School for Musical Theatre and Technology, a small speciality school found on the Herbert H. Lehman campus.
She started becoming famous in 2013 when her content went viral on Vine and Instagram. In November 2015, she made her musical debut with the single Boom Boom featuring Jamaican dancehall singer Popcaan. She released several mixtapes, including Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1 and Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2. She became popular with the songs “Bodak Yellow,” “WAP,” “Money,” and “Get Up 10,” among others.
She is married to rapper Offset, and they have a daughter named Kulture Kiari Cephus.
3. Billie Eillish
Billie Eilish is an American singer and songwriter who started gaining traction with the release of her single “Ocean Eyes” in 2015. She was born on December 18, 2001. In 2019, she was the American Music Award awardee for New Artist of the Year and won the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Song. The year 2020 become a phenomenal year for her career as she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and the Billboard Music Award for Top Female Artist. In 2021, she won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media and Record of the Year.
She is best known for her songs “When the Party’s Over,” “Everything I Wanted,” “bad Guy,” “You Should See Me in a Crown,” and “Bury a Friend,” among others.
4. Tamairo Moutry
Tamairo Moutry, is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, a CEO/Real Estate Broker who owns and operates 4 virtual real estate companies in Wisconsin, Illinois, Georgia, and Florida. Tamairo’s brokerages have one-stop-shop concierge services for out-of-state Real Estate Investors. She’s also the proud owner of a popular Facebook Group called, Top Women in Real Estate. Tamairo teaches, coaches, trains and mentors Realtors and Real Estate Investors. Tamairo specializes in many different aspects of real estate, which include residential/commercial sales and listings, real estate investing, private mortgage lending, luxury real estate, new construction, and real estate development.
5. Jaclyn Milford
Jaclyn Milford is the woman behind Women of Wall Street, the leading financial society for women across the United States. A force to be reckoned with, Jaclyn Milford has re-defined the look of Wall Street by opening the doors up for executive women to be more expressive and less apologetic about it. These days, Jaclyn Milford is not only the President of a power club, she is a 2x business owner, published writer for a digital business authority magazine as well as a public speaker. Can we say WOW?!
6. Grace Beverley
The mind behind an at-home fitness empire, Grace Beverly has transformed from being one of the UK’s most prominent fitness YouTubers and into a highly successful female entrepreneur shaking up the archaic world of business. Grace, who graduated from St. Peter’s College and began watering the seeds of what would grow into acclaimed ventures when she was still in university, is the founder of TALA, an ethical style brand known for its affordable approach to sustainable fashion. She also serves at the helm of SHREDDY, which is a fitness app designed to present tailored workout and meal plans based on the user’s preferences and goals. Widely considered one of today’s must-watch forces, Grace Beverly has received nods from numerous powerhouse institutions, including Forbes, The Sunday Times, and BBC.
7. Angelina Tereshchenko
Angelina Tereshchenko is an artist and a musician. She is a poet who likes to express herself through different mediums whether it’s a painting, a musical composition, or a written poem. Angelina is inspired by the Renaissance polymath, Leonardo da Vinci, who was not only a painter, but also an engineer, scientist, theorist, sculptor, and an architect.
“I want my paintings, my music, and my writing to speak a message, whether that is to bring in awareness, bring healing and hope, or to inspire people,” shares Angelina.
8. Tiana Woods
From Tiana Woods’ desolation came the resolution to treat her struggles as stepping stones to success. Ensconced in the love of her 11 children, this goal-oriented inspirational icon had her life in order, but 2020 arrived and ushered a long string of challenges, including COVID-19. She did not only see her dad succumb to the virus but also had to deal with the blow of losing her 23-year old daughter and grandchild. Setting an example for others to follow, she is now harnessing divine strength from her downfalls and is currently building a career in the entertainment industry. On top of working on a TV series and the pre-production of a horror film, Woods is making bold moves toward the forefront of the music scene, as well. Bringing determination, resilience, and an arsenal of skills to the table, this remarkable woman plans to serve as a beacon of hope.
Facebook: Tiana Ford Woods
9. Katia Stern
Katia, known as “The Wow woman”, is the author of an international bestselling book, “You were born Wow” and the co-author of the bestselling book “Success” with Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, Founder of the billion-dollar Chicken Soup for the Soul™ publishing empire.
Katia is a speaker, consultant, and empowerment coach, who helped hundreds of women in 25 countries. Among other accolades, Katia is a Psychology major and has a Masters Degree in International Law, LLM, she is a certified Jack Canfield Success Principles Coach and a certified health coach, IIN. She is also Canada’s National level fitness bikini competitor and Mrs. Canada Classique, 2020.
Katia has been featured on Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC, Authority magazine, Thrive Global Magazine, BRAINZ magazine.
LinkedIn: Katia Stern
10. Patricia Baronowski-Schneider
With over three decades of experience in the financial communications and media relations industry, Patricia Baronowski-Schneider is now a successful, multi-award-winning marketing and communications professional. She is the Founder and CEO of IR/PR/Media Relations/Marketing firm, Pristine Advisers. Patricia and her team assists companies of all shapes and sizes in improving awareness and increasing shareholder value.
“My expertise lies in helping clients to decrease discounts, ward off activist shareholders, increase share price, build relationships with current and potential investors, be featured in top-tier financial publications, appear on financial televisions and radio and help position clients in a variety of ways to the media,” Patricia said.