Not All Heroes Wear Capes: 7 Successful Women We Follow For Our Daily Dose Of Inspiration

Not All Heroes Wear Capes: 7 Successful Women We Follow For Our Daily Dose Of Inspiration

I’ve learnt that inspiration can come from anywhere and anyone, you just have to decide if you wish to follow your gut or not. It could be a woman sitting in parliament or a woman working next to you who inspires you to do better every day.


Someone you look up to also has a great impact on what you intend to become in life. For me, Emma Lewitt, a 25-year-old Instagram chef, is a great role model. She’s a student, a photographer, a flat lay expert and she’s also a chef who posts beautiful, colourful pictures of healthy food that just makes my day brighter! She keeps experimenting with her recipes and all the colours. It's amazing how she puts it all together in one frame. I guess for me, more than the food photos, it’s about how much she achieves in a day. 

7 Successful Women That Team POPxo Follows For Their Daily Dose Of Inspiration

It’s amazing how a simple act by a stranger or someone known, can inspire and motivate us for life. 

Swayampurna Mishra (lapetitchef), Author & Chef


Former banker, author, recipe developer and photographer, Swayampura Mishra is my go-to blogger on Instagram. I browse through her Insta page often to get simple recipes for delectable dishes. Reflecting her philosophy on life and food, her blog gives easy food and décor ideas for hosting a heart-warming brunch at home.

- Kavya Vashisht, Senior Writer

J.K. Rowling, Best-selling Author

J.K. Rowling

It may sound cliche but the one woman who remained my biggest source of inspiration for the longest time and made my childhood memorable is none other than J.K. Rowling. She’s the kind of woman who makes you realise that it’s never too late to change your direction in life or that you’re never too old to stop dreaming. Despite losing her mother at a very young age, working part-time jobs for bread and butter, dealing with an abusive marriage for several years and then living with government assistance as a single mother, she refused to give up and continued to follow her passion. After overcoming dozens of rejections from publishers for many years, ‘Harry Potter’ finally, came into existence and turned into one of the most successful franchises in history. Today, she remains one of the most admired and richest self-made women in the world. If this ain’t enough to inspire you to go after your dream, then I don’t know what is.

- Shagun Marwah, Features Writer

Rania Naim, Author


As far as writing is concerned, Rania Naim is the boss woman who I look up to. She's a Book Author and a Writer for a popular digital magazine. Her work mostly revolves around emotional and mental healing through words. I love her casual yet sticky way of writing. It feels as if a friend is giving you advice.  In fact, when I was at my lowest point of life, it was her articles that pulled me through it. Which I will forever be thankful for. 

- Sharon Alphonso, Senior Writer

Mari Andrew, Illustrator


Mari Andrew is a New York-based writer, artist, speaker and illustrator. Instagram introduced me to her art and illustrations, and what drew me to her work was how she used her art to talk about important mental health issues. On many a low day, I have browsed through her work and felt lighter and more understood. I also love that she is using her social media reach the right way--to spread and create awareness about mental health.

- Tanya Sharma, Junior Editor

Zadie Smith, Writer

British Council

I have been inspired by Zadie Smith for as long as I can remember and for anyone who goes through her writing in Swing Time, White Teeth, On Beauty and more, it's near impossible not to be awestruck. Her authenticity comes alive in her prose, and her approach towards life, visible in her writing, is inimitable, as is her work. “Stop worrying about your identity and concern yourself with the people you care about, ideas that matter to you, beliefs you can stand by, tickets you can run on. Intelligent humans make those choices with their brain and hearts and they make them alone. The world does not deliver meaning to you. You have to make it meaningful,” reads a quote from one of her books and that is all one needs to know. 

- Abhilasha Tyagi, Senior Fashion Writer

Sazan Hendrix, YouTuber


I adore her because she's honest and embodies her priorities beautifully. What's important to her is family and faith and she isn't afraid to share it. I've been following her journey as an influencer for a while now and she's one of those few who aren't jumping at every opportunity to promote a brand. I love how her Instagram is the right balance of family life and work. It's not filtered to reflect only the "great stuff" life has to offer. Saz now has an adorable baby who she fondly calls Teeny. Her teeny updates make me smile every single day and I actually look forward to the updates.

- Nidhi Kavle, Deputy Features Editor


Jia Tolentino, Writer


Jia Tolentino is a writer at The New Yorker who has just published her first book, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion. She’s also worked for two of my favourite websites, Jezebel and The Hairpin (RIP). She writes about everything from vaping and weighted blankets to the Me Too movement and does in-depth interviews that I want to study like course books. I’ve been following her career for a while now, but the recent press tour for her book has made me fall deeper in love with her writing and humour. Whether she’s talking about how she hates herself for liking expensive skincare or being on a reality show at 16, every single interview has made my day better. She’s only 30 but she’s almost like a legend. I basically want all my editors to talk about me like Jia’s editors talk about her.

- Kashika Saxena, Deputy Editor

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