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Women Inspire: The GLOSSYBOX team reveal their icons

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Who inspires you? This year we're turning our attention to the empowering women across the globe that inspire us the most, either because of what they stand for or what they have achieved in their lives.

So to kick of 2016, we've been sharing images of inspirational women on Instagram and telling you exactly why they inspire us - and we want you to get involved too! Simply post a picture on Instagram of a woman who inspires you using #womeninspire and tagging @glossyboxuk for your chance to win a spa trip for two!

To get you started, here's who inspires some of the Glossy team...

Christelle Roberts, Online Marketing Executive'Frida Kahlo, for her amazing inspiration and loyalty and for always being a woman of purpose and mission. Plus, she has one of the most recognisable faces in the art world and completely pioneered the selfie.'

Sophie, Head of Social & Digital'For me, it has to be Queen Elizabeth I. She was an independent woman who refused to share her throne in a time where she would have been required to show total obedience to her husband. Under Elizabeth I, England truly flourished in arts and economy. She truly was and will continue to be an icon of female empowerment.'

Jo, Customer Care Manager'I'd have to say that the woman who seriously inspires me is my sister, Clare. She manages to hold down a full time job, look after four small children and volunteers to look after local elderly people every weekend. She truly is the most generous, caring and inspiring person I've ever met - and somehow she still manages to always look incredible!'

Coryn, Brand Campaign Manager'I remember being 12 and my mum forcing me to watch a BBC adaptation Pride & Prejudice. I watched all 6 episode back to back before inhaling the novel and as I finished the final sentence something in me had changed. Not only was it the source of a path I would follow to an English Literature degree but I found a new figure for feminine inspiration. Elizabeth Bennet is independent, impassioned and quick-witted. While being intelligent and respected, she is flawed and recognises her weaknesses before turning them into strengths. Oh, and she ends up with Mr Darcy...'

Lucy, PR Manager 'My mum. She juggles more things in her life than anyone I know. She is a wife, a mother to three children, an accountant, a magistrate and somehow always manages to find the time to make a cake every week in true Mary Berry fashion. She has the answer to everything and inspires me every single day!'

Charlotte, MD 'Queen Rania of Jordan inspires me. Not because she is a queen or because she is absolutely stunning, but because she was born as a doctor's daughter and she herself is responsible for where she stands today. She is part of the Global Leadership Initiative for UNICEF, she has been at the forefront of fighting for the Arab women's movement and is repeatedly putting herself and her family at risk with comments she makes regarding the fight against the Islamic State. She has used her status to correct what she sees as misconceptions in the West about the Arab world and Forbes magazine ranked her as one of the world's most powerful women in 2011... She's just damn impressive. She doesn't shy away from getting her beliefs out there, no matter how harsh they are, and follows through with them.'

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