Have you heard about shine theory? It’s this super inspiring concept that besties Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman (If you’re not listening to their podcast, Call Your Girlfriend, you should do so immediately) came up with. It’s about ridding our brains of the lie that there can only be a handful of powerful women at the top of any given industry, and replacing it with badass, supportive, loving female friendships. The light from those friendships won’t just make us healthier, but it will also make us shine brighter. In Ann’s words, “When you meet a woman who is intimidatingly witty, stylish, beautiful and professionally accomplished, befriend her. Surrounding yourself with the best people doesn’t make you look worse by comparison. It makes you better.” Scroll on for eight inspiring female friendships that are serious #shinetheory goals.
1. The Kardashians: Okay, we know family kind of has to love each other, but the Kardashians are worth including because they often get a bad rap as catty reality stars. Here’s the thing though: Anyone who says that clearly hasn’t watched the show. All of the sisters are prime examples of shine theory in action. Save for a few lighthearted jokes about Kim being the favorite daughter, they’re all endlessly supportive of one another, both in their careers and in life. (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty)
2. Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj: The “Feeling Myself” video: Need we say more? These ladies are both at the very top of their game, and they’re sharing the spotlight with one another. They know that when they team up and support each other, they double their potential to absolutely crush their industry.
3. Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King: They are the original #shinetheory besties. Remember when they used to take road trips and film them for multi-part Oprah show specials? And remember when the media went to town on rumors that they were a couple, even though they both repeatedly said it wasn’t true? They’re a testament to how rare it is to see positive images of super close female friends in the media — and to why we need more #shinetheory in the world! (Photo via John Sciulli/Getty)
4. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer: We love them as inseparable (and hilarious) besties on Broad City, but did you know they’re actually IRL best friends too? They met in comedy school and started a web series featuring their Broad City characters in 2010. Once that took off, they moved to the silver screen, and they still write and produce the show. They’ve often said in interviews that on-screen Abbi and Ilana are exaggerated versions of real-life Abbi and Ilana’s personalities and friendship. And anyone who’s seen an episode knows that their friendship is pretty much the ultimate goal.
5. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: The queens of comedy know there’s room for many, many awesome ladies at the top. From hosting awards shows to producing the most hilarious movies you’ll find at the box office, these ladies are on fire. (Photo via Handout/Getty)
6. Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence: All of our hearts were filled with #shinetheory warm fuzzies when we saw pics of Amy Schumer’s amazing-looking lady friend-filled vacation, complete with one particularly well-known face: Jennifer Lawrence. Two hilarious and super talented ladies on one jet ski? We love it.
7. Taylor Swift and… Everyone: If you’ve talked about #squadgoals this year, chances are you were channeling your inner Taylor Swift. And for good reason: The star has recently built a super positive image around cultivating a squad of awesome, successful #girlbosses, including everyone from Lena Dunham to Karlie Kloss. Besides one quickly reconciled slip-up, she’s been an ultimate #shinetheory ambassador. (Photo via Kevork Djansezian/Getty)
8. Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman: How could we not include the shine theory queens themselves? They’re both super successful in their respective fields — Aminatou in the tech industry and Ann in writing and editing — and still devote so much of their time to shining light not only on each other, but on all women. All it takes is listening to about two minutes of one of their podcasts to figure that out.
Who are your #shinetheory goals? Tweet us at @BritandCo!