Billie Holiday – The lady who sings the blues

I can’t remember exactly when I first heard Billie’s music, but her art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I remember my father playing ‘God Bless the Child’ on his old Vinyl records on Sunday afternoons when I was younger.

To me, music is one of the best things in life. It is something that is appreciated by many, yet everyone has their own taste and interpretation.

Although Billie wasn’t your conventional role model due to her heroin addiction and even imprisonment for narcotics, her music touches many, including myself, and it is something to be celebrated as a wonderful thing the world has offered us.

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Aung San Su Kyi – The peacekeeper

There is no greater title in the world for this remarkable woman who spent 15-years under house arrest in her Rangoon house to fight for Burmese citizens’ freedom and human rights. Aung San has devoted most of her life to Burma’s freedom and sacrificed the chance to be with her husband and children in the UK. Aung San’s loyalty to Burma and fierce love for her compatriots is immensely inspirational, especially as she gave up her own happiness in exchange for a better world.

Natalie Portman – The modern day woman

Portman has been one of my biggest inspirations since I first watched her performance in the film ‘Leon: The Professional’. There is something magical about Mathilda, the character she portrays, perhaps a perfect combination of innocence and boldness. Portman was only eleven when she was casted as Mathilda.

Since then, she has become one of the most accomplished actresses within the industry. While asked whether she would give up university to pursue her acting career in an interview with the New York Post in 1999, Portman replied “I’m going to college. I don’t care if it ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star”.

Her dedication to education while pursuing a career in acting is truly inspirational as many perceive a career as superior to education. As someone who believes in education , I find Portman’s drive to learn a sigh of relief in what is a job driven world.