Meet The UK’s Top Ten Most Influential Women

Gone are the days when women were expected to do little more than mind the home. While in many respects this remains a viable desire for many, today lots of women are stepping up to break the mould. Many women in the UK have taken center stage, some of them in the most dramatic fashion-and continue to do so-changing the very fabric of our society for the better. So who are these iconic women? Below we have a list. There are many of such movers and shakers, but our list encompasses the UK’s top 10 most influential, most iconic, and most powerful women.

  1. Teresa May

Teresa May

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On July 13, 2016 Teresa May took on the role of Prime Minister of England, becoming only the second female to do so.

In the wake of the surprising outcome of the Brexit vote, her pledge to create “a government that works for all, and not just the privileged few”, went a long way to soothe timid minds around the country

A former Home Secretary, as well as the daughter of a Vicar, she has the unenviable task of taking England out of the EU. 2017 will be her first full year in charge of the one of the world’s most advanced and most cumbersome democracies, and she will have to dig deep to bring all her strengths to bear as she steers the country forward.

  1. Laura Trott

Laura Trott

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Laura Trott is the UK’s most successful female athlete, boasting four Olympic gold cycling medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

All these achievements deservedly take on even more monumental proportions when you consider that Laura was born prematurely with a collapsed lung, suffered from asthma as a child, and was encouraged to do sport merely as a means to proper regulation of her breathing. As far as back stories go, this pure gold. Needless to say Laura Trott serves as an inspiration to many in and beyond the UK.

  1. Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath

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A jewel in the fashion world and an inspiration to many, Pat McGrath is the most innovative hand in the makeup industry as far as the UK is concerned, nay in the whole wide world.

The influence of her work stretches to everything-from street style shows to high couture. She has been called the fashion world’s most important makeup artist, and has worked with the very best in the beauty and fashion industry to create some of the most iconic looks in recent memory.

The Northampton born icon, and global creative design director at Proctor & Gamble counts among her stalwarts legendary photographers like Steven Meisel, and top brands and names such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Kendall Jenner, Naomi Campbell and a host of others.

Since her rise in the early 90s up until now, her presence continues to be a reassurance backstage to creative directors and models all over the world, and especially the UK.

  1. Alexandra Shulman

Alexandra Shulman

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Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue since 1992, Alexandra Shulman has helped shape the landscape of British and worldwide fashion over the course of nearly two decades. She is considered, and rightly so, one of the most important voices in British fashion, and was responsible for overseeing the centennial anniversary of the iconic magazine in 2016-a role which included convincing the Duchess of Cambridge to pose for her first official magazine cover.

Couple the above achievements with her novel writing career, and you get the impression that she probably possesses super powers.

Warm, approachable, Alexandra Shulman is the complete anti-thesis of the modern conception of a fashion queen, and one of the UK’s most influential women.

  1. Adele Adkins

Adele Adkins

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Some like her music, other don’t; but all can agree that Adele is carving a place for herself on the UK music scene and also worldwide.

She just topped closed 2016 as the Billboard’s top artists for a record third time. Her world tour sold out with light speed, crashing websites with the astronomical demand for tickets.

At the ripe old age of 28, the Tottenham born songstress seems on the verge of world domination.

She has done it her own way, and while many may have their reservations, Adele stands as an inspiration to many and one of the UK’s jewels.

  1. Kate Moss


Kate Moss

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After almost 30 years in the business, Kate Moss remains a force to reckon with. Rather than slow her down, time seems to have added to the sheen and shine that will just not go away.

Kate Moss remains one of the most photographed women in the world to this day, and remain one of the most beloved sights to behold via the camera lens anywhere in the world.

If there is one thing that UK loves, it’s a party girl and it is impossible to get closer to that than the Croydon-born model whose career and lifestyle continues to inspire millions around the country and the world at large.

  1. Kadeena Cox

Kadeena Cox

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Kadeena Cox is the epitome of a strong personality and all that can be achieved when you refuse to give in to despair.

In 2014, Kadeena, who was an able-bodied athlete, got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. At this point many ordinary athletes would justifiably sink into depression-but not Kadeena. She resolved to be classified as a parasport cyclist and sprinter and also made the cut for team Great Britain at Rio 2016 where she went on to win two gold medals across two different sports, the first person to achieve the feat since 1984.

Such strength of character, and undeniable courage in the face of adversity has made Kadeena Cox a source of inspiration and hope, as well as a role model for many across the UK and around the world.

  1. Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

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A fashion designer, and a business woman, “Posh” Spice has come a long way since the band, Spice Girls, broke up. For much of that period she was best known for what she achieved with the band and for being married to a certain David Beckham. Nowadays, Victoria has come into her own as a fashion icon, and her eponymous fashion brand last year turned over a whopping 34million pounds.

Now that’s spice!

  1. Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren

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What can be said about the iconic and evergreen Helen Mirren? Four Bafta Awards, Three Golden Globe Awards, and an Academy Award for Best Actress-Helen Mirren is success personified.

Talented, gutsy, beautiful, and mind-bendingly iconic, Dame Helen Mirren is unarguably among the UK’s finest

  1. Queen Elisabeth

queen elizabeth

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We saved the best for last. Queen Elisabeth is and remains the UK’s crown jewel as far as women are concerned. Living to the ripe old age of 90 is an achievement on its own but even more so, for her unwavering adherence to the vows she took so many years ago when she ascended the throne, Queen Elizabeth remains an icon, an embodiment of all things British, and an inspiration to millions upon millions around in every nook and cranny of the globe.


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