Thursday, 22 September 2016

Inspiring Women With Georg Jensen #IamNeverTooMuch

There are many inspiring women in the world. Women who are politicians, humanitarians, businesswomen, campaigners, and writers. Women who are leaders in their careers, and who strive to cut a different path in their area of expertise to come out on top.

These women are smart, they are driven, they are authentic to themselves and others. They make their own success in a still male dominated world. They are feminists and they are leaders. They may have had many struggles but they have come out on top.




Malala Yousafzai  Pakistani activist for female education - copyright Southbank Centre, Flickr CC license

Women like Malala Yousafzai. This young Pakistani activist for female education was the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. Her family has a background in education, running a number of schools. As a young girl, she defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. In return, she was targeted by the Taliban and shockingly shot in the head by a gunman in 2012 when she was just 15. Two other of her classmates were also injured. Luckily she and her classmates survived.

Today she continues to be an active advocate for girls education worldwide. A fund set up in her name helps children in education around the world, and she went on to receive the Noble Peace Prize, the first Pakistani ever. An outstanding inspiring young woman you must agree.


Jessica Ennis-Hill - world champion triathlete - copyright Al King, Flickr CC license 

Women like Jessica Ennis-Hill, MBE. This quietly spoken unassuming British triathlete is an amazing role model to women everywhere. The World championship record holder and gold medal winner from the 2012 Olympics, always has a smile on her face and after having a baby, went on to win a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics. Besides her athletic achievements in 2014, the star bravely spoke out when her local football club, Sheffield United, was considering re-hiring convicted rapist Ched Evans on his release from prison. She didn't have to do that but she stood up for what was right and declared it the public eye, even after threats of rape online because of her stance. What an inspiring woman and mother.

Jessica says "I'm proud of the way I've dealt with setbacks. It's hard when you feel down and you think, 'Why is the world doing this to me?' But you have to pick yourself up again."



Jennifer Lawrence - outspoken Hollywood star, copyright Gage Skidmore, Flickr CC license 

Although she is a Hollywood star, Jennifer Lawrence is a real inspiration to women. She's sassy, she's down to earth, she's funny and she speaks her mind, which is refreshing in such a fake industry. She's also an advocate for equal pay for women in Hollywood. When she was paid less than her male counterparts in American Hustle considering she is a bankable star with a billion dollar Hunger Games franchise, she spoke out about it, and rightly so.

She also loves her food and tries not to conform to the Hollywood pressure on women to be skinny. One of my favourite quotes of Jen's is "‘I think that people are built the way that they’re built. There’s that Kate Moss quote that’s like “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” and I can name a lot of things that taste better than skinny feels: bread, potatoes… a Philly cheesesteak and fries.’ Although she is a Hollywood star she is relatable and strong and that is what makes her inspiring.




Behnaz Shafieli, motocross rider - one of George Jensen's inspiring women

There are actually too many amazing women in the world to mention in this post, Angelina Jolie (actor, breast cancer campaigner, humanitarian), Katie Piper (model, campaigner for facial disfigurement) JK Rowling (single mother, inspiring author) are but a few more. These are famous, inspiring women. Women who never compromised their personalities. Women like the women, Georg Jensen, the jewellery and silverware brand, use in their new campaign. The difference with the Georg Jensen campaign is that they use inspiring real-life women, that are strong role models, but that you may have never have heard of. The heart of the campaign You Can Never Be Too Much You is that women can never be "too much" of anything. You will always be too much of something to someone, but if you round your edges you loose your edge. The message is, keep being exactly who you are. The campaign transcends ideals about beauty and focuses on personality first and must be truly applauded for that.

Women featured include Dominique Crenn, Behnaz Shafieli and Suzanne Bier.

Dominique Crenn, one of George Jensen's inspiring women

Dominique Crenn is the first female chef in the U.S. to earn two Michelin stars. and in June this year, she was awarded the title ''Best female chef'' at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Award. A culinary achievement I think you will agree.  Another of Georg Jensen's inspiring women is Behnaz Shafieli, an Iranian professional motocross rider. This is even more of a challenge in Iran, as she comes from a country where women are banned from driving motorcycles on the road. The last of Georg Jensen's inspiring women I am going to mention is Suzanne Bier, a female Academy Award-winning director making it in an industry that is totally male dominated. When you consider research undertaken in 2015 by the Centre For Study Of Women In Television and Film, called ''Celluloid Ceiling'', found that only 9% of directors are female, then that is a surely a considerable achievement. 

To find out more and check out the other inspiring women, search for the campaign #IamNeverTooMuch on social media and check out the video below.



Tell me your inspiring women. Who are your role models, who do you admire and why?
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76 comments

  1. Such a great post, it's good when there are strong females in the spotlight doing various occupations but still championing for things.

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    1. I think this is an awesome campaign and feel really privileged to be sharing it.

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  2. My inspiration will always be a combination of J.K Rowling and Amanda Palmer. They taught me that it's OK to be different and they have lead a new generation of stronger women.

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  3. What a fantastic campaign, throwing the spotlight on female role models that we have perhaps (most probably) not heard of. While going back to the famous, I would have to add Angelina Jolie. The fact that she carried out her role as UN Special Envoy when she was going through cancer treatment and prep for a double mastectomy, unbeknownst to us all, was incredible. Tx

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    1. As a famous film star you don't have to do amazing humanitarian work but she does and her work highlighting the cancer gene was excellent too.

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  4. I admire Oprah because she has been through a lot in life but she didn't let that determine her future. She is my role model.

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    1. She has gone through a life of hardship and abuse and has come out a strong businesswoman and role model.

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  5. There's so much girl power going on here, and I love it! These days, there are too many women out there who are famous for nothing more than being pretty. That's not the message I want to send my girls!

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  6. All of these women are definitely inspiring. Jennifer Lawrence, in particular is inspiring to me because she spoke out about unequal pay in an industry where people usually remain silent on that end of things.

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    1. Yes she didn't have to speak out but she did and I admire her for it.

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  7. What a fantastic ad! It's good to celebrate each other, I think we are coming to a time where women are cheering others, rather than putting them down. Fantastic post too.

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    1. Yes Jo, I think that time is here. In the past we were our own worst critics but now women champion other women and so they should too.

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  8. Fantastic post! I link women are amazing! We're strong and clever, intelligent and not given enough credit half of the time! Fab post xx

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  9. Fantastic post - so glad you're speaking up about it. I'm a big fan of Malala because of how she's dealt with the situations doled out to here. Amazing!

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  10. There are so many inspiring women. I love all the girl power in this post! So many strong women.

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  11. Strong female role models is exactly what the next generation need to see... I know it may sound cheesy but my Mother is my ultimate role model :)

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    1. Nothing wrong with that Rosie! I bet she is an amazing lady.

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  12. I admire Annie Lennox - she is a great campaigner for women.

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  13. What a fantastic campaign! I think I have had so many different role models over the years but being a mum and having a daughter at a really impressionable age right now I am happy that she has people like Jennifer Lawrence who she loves and looks up to xx

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    1. I think Jennifer Lawrence is so relatable and funny too, she is a real women, and not afraid to talk about her flaws as well.

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  14. Margaret Thatcher, in a male dominated environment, she got up, said what she thought, went with her instincts and totally owned it!

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  15. A wonderful post and a wonderful campaign. A shame that being a successful woman still has to be emphasised so much, but as long as it does, well done for doing so.

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  16. What a wonderful campaign and post. Jennifer Lawrence is very well known and the front line for American teenage girls. She's helping to shape their words by teaching them it is okay to be themselves. I am not too familiar with the others on this list but I really enjoyed reading their stories.

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    1. That is great if she is doing that Crystal. So many actors are fake in real life too.

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  17. Fab post these women all sound inspiring I love Jennifer Lawrence

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  18. What a great post, these women are all amazing in their own ways, all doing what they love and bringing empowerment x

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    1. They are all amazing in their own ways. I could have written a post about a 100 inspiring women!

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  19. What a great post. And what a great bunch of inspiring women. There is nothing more inspiring than a strong, goal-oriented women.

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  20. These women are definitely inspirations for our daughters and young women around the world!

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  21. There are so many amazing women! Thank you for highlighting a few of them.

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  22. These women all sound great. My favorite is Jennifer Lawrence.

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  23. I really love the concept behind this campaign. There are so, so many amazing and inspiring women around the world who are doing great things!

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    1. There are Wendy. We have to remember women are just as good as men and in fact often emotionally stronger and more empathetic.

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  24. This is great. There are so many inspiring women out there. I didn't know about Dominique Crenn, she rocks!

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  25. I love reading inspirational and encouraging stories. It makes me feel good to read about these women and their accomplishments. I'm inspired by Mariah Carey becaue she's overcame so much to be incredibly successful and she doesn't let others opinions affect her. And of course my Mom who's super strong, resilient and the nicest person.

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    1. I don't know anything about Maria Carey's background, will read up now.

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  26. This is such a great post. Jennifer Lawrence is a great role model and I love that she is helping girls feel okay about being themselves.

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  27. That was totally empowering to read! I feel all woman power now. I must admit I always noticed how much Katie Piper does.

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    1. Even though she was a model, Katie Piper had the most horrendous experience with her ex boyfriend who stabbed her as well as had someone to throw acid in her face. She is a strong inspirational woman and a tireless campaigner.

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  28. I love reading inspiring stories about amazing women! Love this post! So much girl power!

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  29. This is such a great campaign! I am all for highlighting inspirational women out there, as it's great for young girls to have someone to look up to!

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  30. What a lovely way to inspire women from all over the world. These ladies have made good progress especially when it comes to fighting for their fellow women. It's about time the world saw women differently.

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  31. Such a fab post and campaign. I've always like Jennifer Lawrence x

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  32. They have chosen some incredible female role models who certainly inspire.

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  33. so so many inspiring women. My real heroes are the authors that inspired me when I was growing up, Sylvia Plath, Charlottle Perkins Gillman etc.

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  34. Its great there are women out there getting the recognition they deserve and women are being praised for doing great things! Needs to happen more!

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  35. This is really great. So many wonderful, great and inspiring women out there. It's great to see them. Very inspiring to so many - Jeanine

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    1. There are so many inspiring women, it was hard to chose my favourite!

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  36. They are amazing women. Inspiring story

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  37. This post is amazing and so uplifting. There's nothing like inspiring other women and supporting one another!

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    1. It is a lovely campaign to be involved with.

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  38. I think Jennifer Lawrence is a very inspirational woman and a great role model for women now days.

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  39. All amazing women in this post but we're in awe of Malala Yousafzai, such an inspiration for someone so young!

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    1. She is so inspirational. She stood up for what is right, that women should have the right to education. It must have been incredibly difficult to do this and then getting shot by the Taliban. But she still campaigns, incredible.

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  40. I love this list for myself as a woman, and as a mother. There are great role models out there to share with our children.

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  41. All of these woman are amazing! They are true inspirations for all of us

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  42. Wow, all of them sounds awesome! I am so glad that there are many women that excel in their passion.

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  43. So many great ones here. I really look up to Nikki Bella x

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    1. I haven't heard of Nikki Bella, why is she an inspiration to you Hannah?

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  44. Lovely post,we all need strong female role models especially good for young teen girls

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    1. We do, I think there is so much emphasis placed on beauty that having strong women with personality that do things that really matter is so important.

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  45. Such a great post with so many female role models!

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  46. Mine would be my daughter because she takes no prisoners, I admire that! I also love badass female leads in films, they always rock!

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    1. Your daughter sounds amazing Kelly. How old is she?

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  47. Women empowerment! :) My mother will top as an inspiring woman for me. Without her, how can be like me exists after all?

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  48. Such a fantastic empowering and inspiring post and campaign!

    Laura x

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    1. It is a great campaign and brilliant for the focus to be on empowering women and not 'model' looks.

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  49. This is a lovely list of inspiring women. Would love it if my daughter looked up to them!

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  50. As a mum of a daughter, I love having strong role models for my daughter in all fields. So inspiring for them to woman can achieve at anything. x

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  51. I love reading about strong, accomplished women - Behnaz Shafieli is my new hero! x

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