With control and influence now associated with the internet and social media, it’s hard to deny the prowess necessary to dominate the digital field. What were seen as past times, are now full blown careers and these women are conquering the web one business venture at a time.
5. Amy Pham
Not only has Pham been recently tapped as a host for the MTV reboot of TRL, but she’s also a DJ and actress who’s worked with top tier companies such as Netflix, Blumhouse, and Go90, as well as top tier talent like Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Snoop Dogg. Before she was recreating one of MTV’s most iconic shows, she garnered millions of fans through traveling the world DJing or in one of her many ad campaigns for The White House, Urban Outfitters, and NYX Cosmetics.
4. Ashly Perez
Peres has made herself digital royalty through being one of Buzzfeed’s top video producers and co-creator of Buzzfeed Violet, but her talents go far beyond making 3–5 minute quips for our entertainment. As a woman of color she’s devoted her work towards breaking down stereotypes and stressing the importance of representation for women and minorities in the media. She’s also become a strong voice in the LGBTQ community as an openly gay woman. Through her incredible work ethic and one of a kind humor, she’s changing the digital game for fringe groups of all kinds.
3. Nura Afia
Starting as a beauty vlogger in 2011, Afia made major headlines by becoming CoverGirl’s first Hijab-wearing brand ambassador (Previous brand ambassadors include Amy Pham). Although receiving some criticism for being seen as “hypocritical” in her choice to observe traditional Muslim garb while also “seeking attention” through makeup, Afia had been largely lauded for giving a voice and face to the Muslim beauty community which had been virtually non-existent. Feminist, mother, model, and vlogger: It seems like there’s almost nothing she can’t do.
2. Crystal Coons
Looking for a badass, body positive role model? Look no further, Coons is the perfect choice. She’s worn many hats from blogger, to plus-sized model, and as of last New York Fashion Week, now a designer. It’s been a long road for Coons since she started her blog ‘Sometimes Glam’ in 2000, but she never abandoned her message of stylish self-love and it seems as though she’s blasting into hyperdrive.
1. Lilly Singh aka Superwoman
Singh took the world by digital storm in 2010 as Superwoman on YouTube. Since then she’s gained over 12 million subscribers and 2 billion views. She was also ranked 3rd on Forbes highest paid YouTubers list and 1st on their 2017 Top Influencers List for entertainment. Her 2016 triumphs included her first feature film, “A Trip to Unicorn Island”, as well as an original lipstick through Smashbox called “Bawse”. This past March Singh published her first book “How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life” which ranked #1 on the New York Times’ Best Seller List. With her massive talent and popularity, it’s safe to assume that these steps are only the first in Superwoman’s many future business ventures.