Here's why Oprah Winfrey inspired Marci

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Wednesday March 8 marks International Women's Day. Leading up to it, we'll be shining a spotlight on some of the most kick-butt women out there—kind of similar to our weekly Women Crush Wednesday posts. These are women who have impacted the hosts' lives, acted as their role models, and continue to inspire the hosts today. 

Here is Marci's pick.

NAME: Oprah Winfrey

WHO SHE IS: We don't need to tell you who Oprah is, but we will. She's an American television host, actress, producer, philanthropist  and entrepreneur. Oprah is perhaps best known for hosting her insanely popular talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which aired for 25 seasons between 1986 and 2011. 

WHERE YOU CAN FIND HER: You can follow Oprah on Twitter (@Oprah) and Instagram (@oprah). You can also check out her website here.

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WHY MARCI ADMIRES HER: Here's what Marci had to say: 

“In 1986, when The Oprah Winfrey Show started, I was 16 years old. It was appointment television every day at 4 o’clock, to watch her work her magic. She had a way of connecting with people that few people have. She understood that she didn’t have to agree with people in order to interview them. She did it with heart and love.”

“It was so important [to see someone who looked like Oprah represented on TV] because I wasn’t seeing a lot of myself. To look like someone like Oprah—who didn’t come from a lot of means, who grew up very poor in Mississippi, but surrounded herself with books and was curious—it was everything.”

WORDS OF WISDOM: There are so many to choose from but we like:

“Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.”


“The true meaning of courage is to be afraid, and then, with your knees knocking and your heart racing, to step out anyway—even when that step makes sense to nobody but you. I know that’s not easy. But making a bold move is the only way to truly advance toward the grandest vision the universe has for you.”

FUN FACT:  According to Forbes magazine, Oprah was the richest African American of the 20th century. She's been named the greatest Black philanthropist in American history and the Oprah's Angel Network has raised more than $51,000,000 for charitable programs. 

And that's not all. In November 2013, Oprah received the nation's highest civilian honour—the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Barack Obama presented her with this award for her contributions to her country.
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