13 Women Who Both Inspire And Terrify

Inspiring and Terrifying is hard to do in equal measures. But these ladies make it look easy. Be sure to catch Noomi Rapace’s performance in the upcoming movie Dead Man Down - out March 8th.

1. Minerva McGonagall

Tough but fair, that’s Minerva. Professor of Transfiguration at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, McGonagall rules with an iron fist and a level head. And guys, look how old she is! If she were real, she’d outlive us all.

2. Anna Wintour

Meryl played a carbon copy of her in a feature film, and that’s all we’ve got to say about that.

3. Hillary Clinton

Girl gets a concussion and keeps on truckin’. Girl is Secretary of State for four years and is like nah, I’m not about that anymore. She sweats excellence.

4. The Pigeon Lady from Home Alone 2

Weirdly intimate scenes between Pigeon Lady and Kevin aside - this woman taught us not to judge a book by its cover.

5. Beyonce

Inspiring? Yes. Terrifying? Yes. Anyone who moves like that is worthy of our suspicion.

6. Beatrice from Dead Man Down

Searching for vengeance and redemption, Beatrice is not one to mess with. Portrayed by Noomi Rapace, check out her and Colin Farrell’s new action thriller - Dead Man Down.

7. Rupaul

Ok so technically she doesn’t have all the ladybits. Whatever. She’s fierce as all hell.

8. Aunt Voula

You may remember her from the 2002 surprise hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Her word is law. She did, after all, absorb her twin in the womb. That’s cold!

9. Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc - c. 1485

We all know the story. Woman leads the French Army to multiple victories in the Hundred Years’ War, is burned at the stake. But here’s what Wikipedia didn’t tell you - she was a nasty beatboxer. Absolutely disgusting beats.

10. Mrs. Frizzle

Mrs. Frizzle was a staple of the 90’s kid childhood. She just did whatever she felt like doing. Go through Arnold’s digestive tract and hang out with his poop? Sure. Why not. Let’s do it.

11. Mulan

Like so many strong women before her, Mulan had to feign dude parts to get what she wanted. And that, she did.

12. Katniss Everdeen

Beautiful and deadly. Here’s the thing about Katniss - she was 16 years old in the first book of The Hunger Games, and she had to straight up murder people. Ok? Most of us were worried about skin complexion at that age.

13. Paula Deen

Don’t look directly into her eyes.

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