Happy International Women’s Day, ladies! Today I’m celebrating the women who I admire for who they are and what they’ve accomplished, as well as for what they wear. My list of female (style) role models is short and sweet. It’s not that I don’t have more of them – of course I do – but these are my top of the top of the top.

Michelle Obama – Former First Lady, Lawyer and Writer

Do I even need to explain Michelle Obama topping my list? She just might be the most graceful, poised and integrity-filled woman I’ve had to look up to in my lifetime thus far. I can’t believe I had the privilege of calling her my First Lady, and I cannot wait to see what she will accomplish in her post-White House career. There hasn’t been a single item she has worn that I haven’t loved. She is intentional in the designers she chooses and is loyal to them (like Jason Wu, Christian Siriano and Naeem Khan), she dresses well for her body and is always appropriate – always. I am in awe of her, all the time.

All Michelle Obama looks via Harper’s Bazaar article: Michelle Obama’s Best Looks

Amal Clooney – International and Human Rights Lawyer

I’ve been enchanted by her ever since she gained notoriety in the American style mags for being George Clooney’s uber-fashionable wife. The only thing that bothers me about the sentence I just wrote is that it’s her way-more-impactful human rights law work that she is so well-known for globally is much more impressive than her husband. But I simply didn’t know who she was until everyone began to photograph her. Everything she wears is perfect at all times and I think she is the bee’s knees.

All Amal Clooney looks via Harper’s Bazaar article: Amal Clooney’s Most Stylish Looks

Jeanne-Marie Lanvin – French Haute Couture Designer, Founder of Lanvin Fashion House

A lot of people don’t know that Lanvin was a woman! I saw an amazing fashion exhibit all about her on my last trip to Paris, and loved seeing early and current designs from this fashion house. The thing I loved the most is that she understood that women need sleeves on their garments and that not everyone wants to show off her arms (maybe she didn’t say this ever but it’s the number one thing I noticed about all the garments). She lived from 1867 – 1946. According to Business of Fashion, “she was a milliner turned mogul who outlived the competition. She built the longest-running fashion house in the world on cloche hats, feminine clothes and a fragrance which is still around to this day.”

All Lanvin looks via Business of Fashion article: Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946) and NY Mag’s article: Inside Paris’ Sweeping New Jeanne Lanvin Exhibition

Who are your female role models – style or otherwise?