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: Chelsea Handler on burning out and reigniting the flame
Chelsea Handler has no problem telling it like it is. In fact, it’s her straightforward personality that’s been her trademark throughout her late night & Netflix gigs, as well as her six New York Times bestselling books. And, Chelsea’s latest project, Life Will Be The Death Of Me...and you too!, is no different. In this beautiful, often raw memoir, and on this episode of UnStyled, too, Chelsea bares it all, confronting herself (and her fans) all the while, posing some of life’s toughest questions.
Rank #3: Leandra Medine on building a new-world empire
Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: Ashley Graham on revolutionizing the female form
Rank #7: 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 #8: Bethenny Frankel on being a natural born disruptor
Starring on The Real Housewives of New York City since the show's 2008 debut, Bethenny Frankel has transformed from struggling natural food chef to full-on mogul. In the process, she's changed the way her fellow reality stars, and women, do business. But recently, after overcoming her own personal tragedies, Bethenny has turned her concern to those in need...because why have all these successes if you're not using it to help those who truly need it?
Rank #9: Katja Blichfeld on living your truth
In the midst of an award-winning career as a casting director, Katja Blichfeld began a little side project with her then husband, Ben Sinclair—a project that would eventually evolve into the mega hit HBO show spinning sweet New York vignettes (plus a weed dealer), High Maintenance. With the series now in its third season, Katja is exploring her own story a lot more closely, too, confronting relationships, identity, new projects, and what it takes to live a life authentic.
Rank #10: Dr. Samantha Boardman on the psychology of style
Rank #11: Lena Dunham on forging a path to what's next
Lena Dunham could be deemed the ultimate millennial role model. After producing, writing, and starring in her film breakthrough, Tiny Furniture, co-creating a groundbreaking TV series, and penning a riveting coming-of-age memoir, her 20s were all about success and the spotlight. But now as Dunham embarks on a new decade, she (and her millions of fans) are asking: So, what's next? Listen on as Lena contemplates the path ahead, ushering in a new HBO show, Camping, exploring life as a single woman, and navigating the power—and occasional pain—of social media.
Rank #12: Norma Kamali on the art of reinvention
Rank #13: Jill Kargman on saying "fuck it!" to fitting in
Rank #14: Rachel Comey on being self-made
Rank #15: 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.