Monday, August 27, 2012

Taste Makers: Azealia Banks, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and More

This female edition of taste maker's according to Ninja Daily features some of the most influential women in music, television, media, politics, fashion and celebrity. Every move they make sends ripples across the world of popular culture. They inspire fashion from the catwalks to the corner store, dance moves on the club floor and water cooler convo's on an almost global scale.

1. Rihanna

Whether you love her or you hate her, Rihanna has the popular culture game on lock. This West Indian princess makes national and sometimes international news with every tweet and Instagram photo that she uploads.

Don't get it twisted however because she's not just a reality star or a socialite with no accomplishments to back her up, little Miss Sunshine is one of the top selling digital artists in the world. Her musical accomplishments read like those of an icon in the making. 

Some people criticise Rihanna for not having the best voice in the game but she at least has a better voice than Jennifer Lopez or Britney Spears who have enjoyed amazing success in their own right, but whose lack luster singing abilities have rarely been questioned. Even if the haters are right, more props to Rihanna for taking the talents that she does have all the way to the top.

2. Oprah Winfrey

The most successful black woman in the world has during her career defined what it means to be influential. During her talk show days a recommendation from Oprah could catapult a brands earnings from thousands of dollars to millions of dollars over night. When she ended her talk show and retreated to the background of her network it seemed like Oprah lost her Midas touch. Not one to be defeated, she promptly returned to the silver screen with her critically acclaimed show 'Oprah's Next Chapter'. 

During 2012 she has delivered one-on-one interviews with the biggest names in the world. Even though it seemed like the celebrities who were interviewed by Oprah on the 'Next Chapter' could not get any more famous, the day after their interviews aired their stars sky-rocketed even higher.

Oprah is not just one of the richest people in the world, she is also the undisputed queen of popular culture.

3. Azealia Banks

This youngin' shot onto the scene like an unstoppable pocket-rocket. The 21 year old Harlem native has a flow and style that is reminiscent of Foxy Brown during her hay day. The feisty rapper is no stranger to Twitter beefs, high fashion and dominating the pages of the hottest magazines. 

Her music has been well received by the public as well as the critics and Azealia Banks has most recently secured a much coveted signature lipstick with MAC cosmetics. 

This chick is definitely one to watch.

4. Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj joins fellow West Indian Rihanna on the list of top 5 female taste makers. She has received a lot of flack lately for selling out and making pop music but I say, get your money girl. Opportunities like this don't last forever so a girl has got to do what she's got to do. I must admit that I'd love for her to go back to dropping verses like in her 'Moster' days and I'm holding out hope that she just might do that. 

Her mega endorsement deals with Pepsi and the more recent assertions that she is signing on to be an American Idol judge might mean that she will knock Rihanna off the top spot. Let's hope that there is enough lime light for the both of them.

5. Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is arguably one of the most influential First Ladies that the United States has ever had. She has implemented grass roots initiatives like the move program to inspire American youths to get fit and to get healthy. The beautiful wife of Barrack Obama is also the catalyst for high-fashion frenzies world-wide every time she steps out in a perfectly styled outfit.

The iconic Beyonce penned a letter to Michelle which aptly describes why Michelle Obama is the ultimate black woman and the ultimate woman period.


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