Which Girl Ran The World In 2013? The 10 Leading Ladies From Beyonce To Malala

23 December 2013 by

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Really, there's no need for explanation on this one. But since you asked, here's just a handful of times Beyonce ran the world in 2013: Barack Obama's inaugration, when she owned the Superbowl, when she brought Destiny's Child back together, when she chopped off ALL of her hair and then miraculously grew it back again overnight, when she bought Blue Ivy a jacket studded with "Miss Blue Carter", when she sang her heart out for girls all over the world at Chime for Change in Twickenham - and when she dropped a full "visual" album, complete with 17 videos overnight without warning and sold 617,000 copies in three days. Bow down, boys and girls. Bow the heck down.

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Malala Yousafzai is not only exceptional, she's revolutionary. And she's unstoppable. After being shot in the head by the taliban aged just 14 as she made her way to school in her home town in Pakistan's Swat District in October 2012, she has this year made a full recovery - and kept on campaigning for girls' equality in education, despite receiving constant death threats. Not surprising then, that she was also nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize this year.

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Cara Delevingne

She appeared as if from nowhere and headed straight to the top - 2013 was undoubtedly Cara's year. She made the silly selfie her signature quip and finger tattoos a thing, not to mention sassing her way down every runway from Burberry to Marc Jacobs this year. We became obsessed with her eyebrows and... well, anything Cara apparently. This month she was revealed as the most searched fashion-figure on Google of 2013.

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Miley Cyrus

The tongue. The nudity. The odd hair nodules. Oh Lord, the twerking. This year, Miley has certainly left her Hannah Montana roots behind, and replaced them with something altogether more distasteful. She caused internet storms over her behaviour with Robin Thicke at the VMAs and invited Sinead O'Connor to file a lawsuit to her when their Twitter chat turned sour and her image in the media as a role model to young women was heavily called into question when she posed for what can only be described as a particularly "porny" photoshoot. Let's hope 2014 brings a little more sense to the wannabe rogue.

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Caroline Criardo-Perez

A strident feminist, Caroline took on the bank of England to win Jane Austen a place on our bank notes - the first woman to appear on a bank note in British history (apart from, of course, the Queen). Following her campaign, she faced venomous abuse from Twitter trolls, who threatened and abused her online. Despite a short one-month Twitter break, she is still actively campaigning. What a lady.

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Angelina Jolie

Ange has had quite a year. Not only did she team up with William Hague to highlight the problem of rape as a weapon of war in conflict areas, visiting the Congo and speaking at the G8 in London, but she very publically underwent a preventative mastectomy. Writing poignantly in the New York Times afterwards, she explained how she underwent tests which confirmed she had a high chance of developing breast cancer, the same disease that killed her mother in 2007 and quickly made the decision to have a double mastectomy. Angelina was praised for her bravery in speaking out to raise awareness and encourage other women to take action when it comes to their health.

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Jennifer Lawrence

When she fell over in Dior whilst picking up her Best Actress Oscar in Feb, we adored her. We admired her even more when she then proceeded to be witty and smart in her acceptance speech instead of the obligatory tears. When she got star struck as Jack Nicholson interrupted her interview backstage, we wished she was our best friend, who only became cooler when we saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. And when we heard her using her fame to end public fat-shaming last week, we knew it once and for all: 2013 is already taken, troops. Jennifer Lawrence owned it.

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Wendy Davis

The Texan senator managed to single-handedly block an anti-abortion bill set to close most of Texas' abortion clinics and ban abortion procedures after the 20 week mark in pregnancy - with an epic filibuster. She stood, denied of even a sip of water and without so much as leaning on her desk, for 10 hours straight. And she won. In amazing pink trainers. Now, she's standing to become governor of Texas - and we've got every faith in her.

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Amanda Palmer

When the Daily Mail reviewed her Glastonbury gig with an article titled "MAKING A BOOB OF HERSELF" which focussed on the fact that a bit of a nip slipped out on stage instead of her actual performance, she hit back. Big time. She posted an "open letter" to the Daily Mail on her web page; this video of her singing the song "Dear Daily Mail". It went viral almost instantly - and is still doing the rounds. Have another [a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiAffX0x04k">listen now[/a].

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North West

Just the name was entertaining enough for the whole year. North West: think about it again. It's a real name of a living human being on this planet. Good thing she's the daughter of Kimye, one of the most powerful celebrity couples of the moment - and probably the cutest thing we've ever seen.

Whether it's feminism, fashion, or being Beyonce, our leading ladies have had quite a year. As 2013 draws to a close, we take a look back at the ten of the best of them and their amazing achievements. Cara Delevingne was the most Googled person, Beyonce sold 617,000 copies of her album in three days and Jennifer Lawrence quite simply stole our hearts. So, in no particular order, take a look through the gallery above to see our pick of the 10 ladies who rocked this year...


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