Celebrating Women of the Zodiac: Cancer and Leo Edition

For the second installment of our Women’s History Month series, we will be honoring some fantastic Cancer and Leo women.

Cancer:

Cancer women are caring, sympathetic, passionate and strong-willed. Many of the entertainment industry’s most active philanthropists are Cancers, including the two woman below.

Priyanka Chopra

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Photo: People

Priyanka Chopra skyrocketed to fame after winning the title of Miss World in 2000. Since then, she’s become a Bollywood sensation, singer, and philanthropist. Chopra is the first Bollywood actor to headline an American show, Quantico. She pushed for her character, Alex Parish, to be a feminist who stands up for herself and can be a role model to women everywhere. Chopra is a supporter of the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, Girl Up, and was named a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 2016 after working with the organization in India for the previous ten years. Talking about her experiences with the organization, she said “Along this decade old journey, with UNICEF, I have been on many field trips to villages and centers across India. On those trips, I spent time with numerous young girls and their families and experienced firsthand the transformative power of empowering young girls with opportunities that are rightfully theirs.”

Selena Gomez

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Photo: UNICEF

Selena Gomez is known as many things; a singer, an actress and the most followed person on Instagram to name a few. Her latest title is producer; for Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and a currently untitled drama about a rising Latina starlet for Freeform. Gomez clearly has a large platform, and she’s made it her mission to use it for good. As an ambassador for UNICEF, Gomez has hosted and performed at charity concerts, made PSA’s about important issues, and gone on field missions abroad. She received recognition from Make-A-Wish for granting so many wishes to sick children who wanted to meet her. Gomez has also been honest about her struggles after being diagnosed with Lupus, and brought awareness to the little-known invisible illness. She has proved that it’s vital and okay to take time to look after your physical and mental health. Gomez has used her spotlight to bring other issues to light. She has spoken about the effects of body shaming and stood in solidarity with Arianna Grande, who discussed how women are more than who they date.

Leo:

Leo women are dynamic, fierce and they brighten our world almost as much as their ruling planet, the Sun, does.

Viola Davis

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Photo: Los Angeles Times

Viola Davis is a barrier-breaker. She’s achieved many “firsts” as an African-American actress, and is paving the way for others to follow her lead. Davis is the first black woman to win an Oscar, Emmy and a Tony for acting, also known as the triple crown of acting. She was the first African-American to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama, for her role as  Annalise Keating, a bi-sexual, kick-ass lawyer, in How to Get Away with Murder. While accepting her Emmy, Davis called for more diversity in the entertainment industry, saying “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

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