The Best Celeb Instagrams From International Women's Day

BY Harper's BAZAAR Arabia / Mar 10 2019 / 15:19 PM

Priyanka Chopra, Adwoa Aboa and Michelle Obama are just some of the inspiring women who posted in support of IWD this year

In case you were taking a major digital detox, you know that International Women's Day went down on Friday, 8 March. Some of our feminist fav's from around the world, including everyone from Adwoa Aboa to Michelle Obama, took to social media to celebrate the occassion. Just in case you missed it - here are some of BAZAAR's favourite Instagrams from the day...

The Duchess Of Sussex

As a part of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust Panel on International Women's Day, Meghan Markle spoke alongside other amazing women to voice her thoughts on empowering women and how everyone, including men and boys, should be feminists.

Adwoa Aboa

Appearing alongside the Duchess of Sussex, British model, activist and founder of Gurls Talk, Adwoa Aboa, posted to show her appreciation for being invited to speak at the International Women's Day Panel at Kings College London over the weekend.

This beautiful smile belongs to Eliakunda Kaaya. I sat down with her and several of her peers for a conversation on girls' education last fall. Eliakunda comes from a family of nine children in Tanzania. She once said, "My own brothers would say… that it was a waste of time and waste of investment to…[send] me to school, because a woman is meant to be married.” But Eliakunda never believed that. She became the first person in her family to go to high school—and then the first to go to college. After she graduated she became a @ShesTheFirst Fellow and she launched a project called "Her Journey to School,” which builds on her own experience by reaching out to parents about the importance of sending their daughters to school. Eliakunda's story shows us the power of education—and the promise inside every single girl around the world. #InternationalWomensDay

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Michelle Obama

The former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, posted a picture alongside Eliakunda Kaaya in support of International Women's Day. The post advocated the importance of education for all women around the world and touched on the fight for gender equality

Huda Kattan

Makeup mogul Huda Kattan posted an inspirational quote to celebrate and encourage all women on IWD. She recreated the American World War 2 Rosie the Riveter poster, saying: "We can do it!"

Yara Shahidi

Posing with her new "Yarbie", the american actress, activist and model Yara Shahidi celebrated IWD and her recent collab with Barbie with the caption: "many amazing brilliant humans showing girls #YouCanBeAnything".

Yasmine Sabri

Egyptian actress and former Harper's BAZAAR Arabia cover star, Yasmine Sabri posted an illustration in recognition of all women on International Women's Day.

Happy Women's Day

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Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra took to the platform to post an alternative shout-out to all women: She posted a video quoting some of the most influential women throughout history, including Maya Angelou, Oprah and Rupi Kaur.

Maritta Halani 

Hashtagging #girlpower in her activewear, the Lebanese singer and songwriter encourages all women to be themselves and not to let society define them.

Alicia Keys

In the second shout-out to Rupi Kapur we've seen, American philanthropist and singer Alicia Keys used the caption "Our backs tell stories no book has the spine to carry." The post itself is of model Halima Aden, who was the first woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota Pageant in the United States. 


The Lebanese singer, Ambassador of both the European Union for Youth and the Lebanese Red Cross posted on Friday in support of women victims of violence. Yara is pictured wearing the "I Am A Woman" T-shirt from Kuwaiti label Moni&J, which is from a collection that is in collaboration with Kafa(enough), a not-for-profit organization against gender discrimination. 

First of all shoutout to my mother. The greatest powerhouse that I have ever known! Thank you giving birth to me and building me into the woman that I am today. Thank u . For. EveryThing. I have so much respect for ALL of the powerhouses / girl bosses / SUPERHEROES / business women / mothers / grand mothers/ women who have taken on anything and everything without being asked ... you are IT!! You make the world go round !! Shout out to the women who will not allow anyone to tell them who or what they are capable of being ! The ones who balance life , love , experiences with the good bad and the ugly that comes with it. Seeing all of the hardships and obstacles that woman have to face in each of our different journeys is so empowering, but what’s even more empowering to me is watching each do so with such strength , love , power and grace. It makes me feel so proud to be a woman ! Thank you to the women who support me, inspire me , and educate me everyday on all that it takes to be the best woman I can be !! Let’s lift up and love uppp!!!! I love you all !!! Go ussss!!!!

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Bella Hadid

The international supermodel posted her appreciation to all of her "superheroes" on Friday - AKA her mother, Michelle Obama and American writer and feminist activist Gloria Steinem. 

Ola Fares

The Jordanian TV presenter, actress, and L'Oreal brand ambassador had a major #GirlPower message to share: "Every year, we are stronger. To every woman who persists defies the unjust traditions in places and every spirit has stood up to violence, marginalization, war, humiliation, and the brutality of power. To every woman has led the change and was an example of those around her with ambition and will. To every mother, teacher, educator, student and employee. Each year is a big and important addition to the world."

Dana Tuwairish 

The Kuwaiti-Iraqi social media influencer joined the #أنا_امرأة ( #IAmWomen) campaign on International Women's Day. The video for it featured various Arab celebrities in an "I Am A Woman" T-shirt from Kuwaiti label Moni&J. The video includes clips of the celebrities expressing that women are powerful, worthy, and strong.

Press play to watch Yara Shahidi answer some quick-fire questions.