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    17 Ridiculously Fabulous Style Icons Who Aren't Beyoncé

    Bey and Taylor are great, but here are some other amazing ladies worth checking out.

    1. Ava Duvernay

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    As a director, Ava DuVernay has broken the mold for black women in Hollywood — and even started a distribution collective to help increase representation of filmmakers of color. Plus, she knows exactly how to work a figure-hugging dress, and her locs and makeup are always on point.

    2. Aimee Mullins

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    Aimee Mullins is a model, actress, athlete, and philanthropist who's also worked as an intelligence analyst at The Pentagon. She's basically unstoppable. Born without fibulae, she had her lower legs removed and was told she'd never walk — but since then, she's set several records as the first amputee to compete in the NCAA. These days, Mullins rocks amazing sculptural prosthetics and sky-high heels. Bad. Ass.

    3. Alek Wek

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    After fleeing Sudan with her family to escape the country's civil war, Alek Wek forged a modeling career that helped diversify fashion. Sure, her amazing outfits make her a style icon, but it's her incredible spirit that's probably her best asset — Wek has partnered over the years with several medical, children's, and refugee non-profit organizations to raise funds for people in need.

    4. Beth Ditto

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    The Gossip singer, who's been outspoken about her health, financial struggles, sexuality, and body image, and has a crazy soulful voice that's been compared to Etta James' and style that's like if Klaus Nomi and She's So Unusual-era Cyndi Lauper had a baby, then bathed it in a tub of sequins. She's already collaborated on multiple showstopping clothing lines with retailer Evans, and is currently working on her own collection. We can't wait for it.

    5. Amandla Stenberg

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    Amandla isn't even out of high school yet and she's already starred in the The Hunger Games, and is both woke and stylish as hell. When she's not busy hanging with her overachieving teen squad, she's discussing cultural appropriation in Hollywood (and elsewhere), playing the guitar, drums, or violin, and making us all wish she was our BFF.

    6. Jillian Mercado

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    Jillian Mercado made her modeling debut in a 2014 campaign for Diesel (who cast her after reading a letter detailing how she planned to change the world as a model with muscular dystrophy) before signing with major agency IMG in mid-2015. Off set, she's partial to sequins, studs, and sheer stuff.

    7. Jenna Ushkowitz

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    The Glee triple threat was born in Seoul, South Korea, and adopted by a family living in Long Island, NY, co-founded adoption support organization Kindred with Memoirs of a Geisha actress Samantha Futerman. Ushkowitz's style is sometimes preppy and sometimes on the sexier side, but always totally chic.

    8. Iman

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    After breaking ground as one of the first supermodels of color, Iman started her own cosmetics company to increase the seriously scarce amount of makeup options for black and brown women. She also works with children's charities as well as to end the trade of blood diamonds, and pretty much looks like a literal queen at all times.

    9. Laverne Cox

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    In addition to killing it as Sophia Burset on Orange is the New Black, Cox has kept busy busting through barriers for transgender individuals, collecting awards for her advocacy work, and working the hell out of gowns.

    10. Ellen Page

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    Following her acclaimed roles in Juno and Inception, Page, whose suit game puts Don Draper to shame, came out in 2014. "[M]aybe I can make a difference [by coming out]," she said in her speech, "to help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility."

    11. America Ferrera

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    America Ferrera has starred in blockbusters, critically acclaimed films, and TV, and has proven herself to have one of the most unbelievably elegant wardrobes out there — but that's not all. She also has a degree in international relations, and works with multiple political and children's organizations.

    12. Yoko Ono

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    Artist Yoko Ono has a long history of activism around peace, human rights, and environmental issues, as well as a documented talent for rocking leather jackets and jaunty hats. Today, she oversees the awarding of the LennonOno Grant for Peace, which funds artists living in regions of conflict.

    13. Evan Rachel Wood

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    28-year-old Wood has been acting for much of her life, and has recorded several songs as well. She's been frank about her bisexuality (having dated potential World's Hottest People winners Jamie Bell and Katherine Moennig), routinely slays public appearances in everything from sultry sheer gowns to sharply tailored suits, and has been known to write a damn good Twitter rant on Hollywood's inadequate portrayal of women's sexual agency.

    14. Gabourey Sidibe

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    The Precious and Empire star's badass, uncompromising attitude as well as love of trendy, colorful pieces at events make her an outstanding role model for plus-size women in an industry that could really use some more.

    15. Hari Nef

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    Nef, who is the first transgender model signed to IMG, has used her public platform to bluntly discuss realities of trans people outside the privileged bubble of catwalks and magazine spreads. Though Nef told Vogue that "insisting on perhaps a more gender ambiguous or barefaced or subtle femininity... has opened [her] up to certain dangers and rejection," her heavily publicized presence and gender expression is helping to broaden options for and influence perceptions of trans and gender nonconforming people.

    16. Demi Lovato

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    Lovato has inspired legions of fans by going public with her struggles around eating disorders, substance abuse, self-harm, and mental illness, and by dedicating time to a number of anti-bullying, LGBTQ, and other non-profit organizations. On the red carpet, she's experimented with looks from old timey starlet to punk to futuristic bondage queen, and has looked absurdly fierce in all of it.

    17. Dascha Polanco

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    After becoming a mother at 18, Dominican-born Polanco got a degree in psychology and planned to become a nurse. She then studied acting and landed her breakthrough role on Orange is the New Black. Off screen and on the red carpet, she kills it every time.