Women's History Month: Two Women Who Gave Me Confidence

In honor of Women's History Month, we're writing about the women who inspire us. Here's why I've always looked up to Gwen Stefani and Marilyn Monroe.
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Women’s History Month: Two Women Who Gave Me Confidence

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re writing about the women who inspire us. Here’s why I’ve always looked up to Gwen Stefani and Marilyn Monroe.

-Faye Brennan

Gwen Stefani and Marilyn Monroe

I love being a blonde, partly because two women (three, if you count my mom) I admire are fierce, confident blonde bombshells. It takes guts to stand out in a sea full of brunettes, and no one has done that better, in my opinion, than Gwen Stefani and Marilyn Monroe.

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I became a Gwen Stefani fan in middle school when my older sister bought No Doubt’s third album, Tragic Kingdom. I fell in love with the band’s laid back, ska sound. But, it was Gwen’s heartfelt, genuine lyrics that really struck a chord with me. Here she was, a beautiful young woman in a band with all guys, singing her own lyrics about love, heartbreak, and dreams.

Gwen Stefani

I listened to that album, as well as all the ones that followed, on repeat. Gwen’s songs helped me through those awkward, confusing times in middle school and high school when I, too, had my heart broken, longed to be accepted, and found myself in a room of boys who couldn’t possibly understand what I was going through. If Gwen could get through it all–and look amazing the entire time–than so could I.

That’s why I’ll be a Gwen fan for life. I’ve followed her career very closely, and I’m so proud of the accomplished, successful woman, wife, and mother she’s become. It gives me hope that my life will be just as magical.


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