Rank #1: Sophia Bush on (finally) rewriting the rules of your own life
Sophia Bush was thrust into the spotlight barely in her 20s when she joined the cast of the TV drama One Tree Hill. Having recently walked away from her powerhouse leading role on Chicago PD, she's now stepping into a new one: A production and development deal with 20th Century Fox AND her power as a bold voice and activist for women, reproductive rights, sexual assault, and other critical issues like speaking out against trolls and making social media a safer place to engage and express opinion while driving change in a big way...something Sophia Bush was born to do.
Rank #2: Leandra Medine on building a new-world empire
Leandra Medine's ManRepeller website is known for its no-apologies, zero-f***s philosophy on living life—and wearing it—authentically. And it's exactly that signature candor that's helped her to shape and build a model for the media empire of the future.
Rank #3: Alexa Chung on the very stylish life of the ultimate outsider-insider
Since she exploded on the style scene 15 years ago, Alexa Chung has evolved into the ultimate bad girl in an It Girl world. Which is exactly why we wanted to talk to her about her successful new role as fashion designer, her enduring unwillingness to be fake (ever!), and her constant navigating through a fancy fashion industry as the ultimate outsider-insider. Then, after you've listened to this episode, check out Refinery29's UnCOVER profile for more.
Rank #4: Ashley Graham on revolutionizing the female form
She's known the world over as the most successful and candid plus-size model in history, but Ashley Graham is way more than just a model. Through her clothing designs, brand empire, and advocacy, she's helping to lead a revolution of the female form.
Rank #5: Jenna Lyons on the art of starting over
Jenna Lyons spent 26 years and practically her whole career at J. Crew, and she’s often credited as the visionary genius who transformed the brand from basics emporium to fashion phenom. And, in doing just that, Jenna became an icon, too. After leaving the company just last year, and simultaneously recovering from the ending of a long-term romantic relationship, Jenna is making her way back, working on her next big chapter. She may be starting over, but it’s never been more exciting to see where this sartorial superstar is going to take us next.
Rank #6: Stacy London on finding the courage to reboot your life
You may have grown to love Stacy London through her breakout show "What Not to Wear," but Stacy doesn't want to be that person anymore. In fact, she's spent the last year letting go and laying the foundation for a new personal and professional path ahead, showing us that simply starting over can be its own revolution.
Rank #7: Dr. Samantha Boardman on the psychology of style
In our last episode of the season, New York-based psychologist Dr. Samantha Boardman helps us to better understand and appreciate the hardwired, chemical connection between looking good and feeling good. Stay tuned for Season 2!
Rank #8: Norma Kamali on the art of reinvention
Norma Kamali’s iconic 50-year fashion career can be attributed to her near-psychic ability to be ahead of the curve. She's also living proof that personal success—and true love—can show up at any age.
Rank #9: Jill Kargman on saying "f**k it!" to fitting in
Jill Kargman, creator and breakout star of Bravo’s hit scripted series “Odd Mom Out” has built a career in comedy writing around the familiar feelings we all have about not fitting in. With season three just picked up, Jill talks honestly about all the subsequent surprises that come from that very unique and hilarious outsider perspective. Happy holidays and happy New Year! We'll see you back here on 1/9 for a conversation with Rachel Comey on being truly self-made.
Rank #10: Rachel Comey on being self-made
Rachel Comey's cult-like womenswear brand has unwittingly become the new face of real, unpretentious American fashion; one that's personal, artistic, and most importantly, self-made.
Rank #11: Laura Brown on navigating the brave new world of women's media
Aussie native Laura Brown came to NYC 16 years ago with $1,000 in her pocket and zero industry contacts. Fast forward to 2017, one year into her role as Editor-in-Chief of America's most influential lifestyle magazine InStyle, where she's redefining how to tell vibrant stories about some of the world's most influential celebrities and game-changers. As one of the leading voices informing women's media today, Laura joined UnStyled to discuss her own unique path, fusing her signature "funny" into fashion, as well as the ideas and shifts that are actively shaping women's content and the cultural zeitgeist as we know it.
Rank #12: BONUS! Connie Wang on finding your own style
Refinery29’s Fashion Features Director, Connie Wang, shares her circuitous path from Minnesota to Manhattan, tracing her love of unconventional style, and how other young women can tap into their roots, not just trends, as a means of inspiration.
Rank #13: Miranda Kerr on the soulfullness and science of self-care
Supermodel, mother, author, and CEO/entrepreneur are just a few of the hats worn by Miranda Kerr. With a new line of organic skincare taking off, Miranda shares a side of her rarely seen off the pages of fashion magazines, as well as her philosophies on nutrition, healing, and channeling your focus and intention into a life well-lived.
Rank #14: Yara Shahidi on being an everyday agent of change
If you're like us, you've grown to know and love teen supernova, Yara Shahidi through her standout role as Zoey Johnson on hit TV show, Black-ish, a role that's swiftly catapulted her to stardom. Not only has Yara already locked in the second season of her spinoff show, Grown-ish but she's also expanding her resume to include directing her first film and becoming a civic engagement advocate. Way wise beyond her 17 years, Yara has emerged a true and committed agent of change, setting a powerful example for her peers and the rest of us, too.
Rank #15: Gabrielle Union on fearlessness, for real
You may have first fallen in serious love with Gabrielle Union from her supporting roles in the most iconic '90s coming-of-age classics. But these days, Gabrielle has shifted squarely into the spotlight, most recently starring in a 4-season run of the hit BET show, Being Mary Jane, and as a newly minted bestselling author of her memoir, "We're Going to Need More Wine." As one of today's most commanding female voices, Gabrielle is writing her own script, sharing honest stories about her work, her relationships, her journey to becoming a mother, and more. And yeah, she's also never not killing it in the style department, too.