This week has been full of extraordinary Tiny Wins for women. From Ellen DeGeneres, Pink, Lupita Nyong’o and Cate Blanchett dominating the Oscars, to Dr. Drew Pinsky’s daughter, Paulina, going public with her eating disorder, women are rocking one #TinyWin after another, giving inspiration to all of us.
Did you burst with pride watching Hollywood’s most talented and supportive women take to the stage at this year’s Oscars on March 2?
#TinyWin Moments From This Week’s Most Inspiring Women — Ellen DeGeneres & Cate Blanchett
Were you blown away to hear that one of this year’s Dancing with the Stars competitors, Amy Purdy, 34, is a double-amputee snowboarding champ?
Need inspiration? Here it is.
The news has been full of big wins for women and that’s fantastic. But what’s even better about all this big news is how each of these women experienced a #TinyWin as part of their in-the-spotlight experience.
And it’s so important to celebrate each #TinyWin that YOU have, too, because taking a moment to appreciate your Tiny Wins will help push you forward every single day. A #TinyWin reminds you that you should appreciate your small successes because very quickly, each small success adds up to big results.
1. A #TinyWin for female Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, who turned the everyday selfie into the most retweeted tweet ever when she hilariously rounded up Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Kevin Spacey and Angelina Jolie, and crammed them into one photo for the most memorable selfie ever.
Her #TinyWin was breaking a Twitter record with 3 million retweets and counting, while getting Hollywood’s most infamous A-listers to drop their Oscar posing and crack up. Kudos to Ellen for her big win, too — leading the Oscars to its best ratings since 2004!
2. Cate Blanchett: a #TinyWin for using her opportunity on stage after winning the Best Actress Oscar to point out that “female films with women at the center” are NOT “niche experiences” and that they “earn money.” Thanks to Cate’s #TinyWin, we may now see meatier roles for actresses and, in fact, more films produced for female audiences.
#TinyWin Moments From This Week’s Most Inspiring Women — Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Purdy & Paulina Pinsky
3. Lupita Nyong’o gave the most extraordinary performance as Patsey, a slave who is tortured by her obsessed owner in 12 Years a Slave. But what was just as memorable was her #TinyWin, giving an eloquent thank you speech in which she paid tribute to “the spirit of Patsey for her guidance.”
Since the film 12 Years a Slave is based on the true story of author Solomon Northup, Lupita was able to give recognition to the very real suffering and quiet heroism of the woman she portrayed.
4. Amy Purdy‘s life has been full of big wins, after almost dying from a form of bacterial meningitis at 19. She only survived by having both of her legs amputated below the knee, losing her spleen and then having a kidney transplant.
The indomitable Amy learned how to snowboard with leg prosthetics and will be competing in the 2014 Paralympics, which start March 7. But before she heads to Sochi, she’s celebrating her latest #TinyWin.
Amy will compete in the new season of Dancing with the Stars, beginning on March 17, and will be able to show so many other women and girls that a physical disability doesn’t have to define or limit them. Yay, Amy!
5. Paulina Pinsky: It can’t ever be easy to cope with and then overcome an eating disorder. But it’s even tougher to be the daughter of a famous TV personality — Dr. Drew Pinsky — and then go public. Paulina’s #TinyWin was admitting in a blog and then on ABC’s The View that she had suffered from bulimia for seven years before conquering her eating disorder.
Her #TinyWin will inspire so many other women in similar situations to succeed in making their own Tiny Wins.
Now, HollywoodLifers, do YOU have a #TinyWin you can share with me and our other HollywoodLifers? Let me know below.
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— Bonnie Fuller