Glo's Australian Girl Crushes
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Cate Blanchett2 of 11
This actress’s finest accolades came from her portrayals of a British queen (Elizabeth) and an American icon (Katherine Hepburn), and it’s safe to say that her demeanor in films carries over to her poised red-carpet style.
Olivia Newton-John3 of 11
Best known in the States for two very important pieces of pop culture, “Let’s Get Physical” and Grease, this singer and actress has done quite well for herself with four Grammys and five number-one hit singles on the Billboard charts.
Mary Elizabeth Donaldson4 of 11
This Australian citizen — who was raised in nearby Tasmania — is now the Crown Princess of Denmark. (She married HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in 2004, whom she met in a bar in Sydney during the 2000 Olympic Games.) She’s the first Australian to receive a royal title.
Nicole Kidman5 of 11
Arguably the most recognizable Australian actress, this strawberry blond star paid homage to her home country with the movie Australia, in which she starred alongside fellow Aussie Hugh Jackman.
Nancy Wake6 of 11
While she was born in New Zealand, this operative for the WWII French Resistance moved to Australia with her family at two years old. She’s known for being the Allies’ most decorated servicewoman in the war.
Elle Macpherson7 of 11
This Aussie supermodel has been gracing magazine covers and editorial fashion spreads since the ’80s — she’s appeared on the famed Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover a record six times. Which makes total sense given her famous nickname, “The Body."
Germaine Greer8 of 11
As one of the most noteworthy modern feminists, this academic and author continues to speak on gender issues. Her book The Female Eunuch was both a bestseller and an incredibly controversial piece of work for its radical views on power and sexuality struggles between men and women.
Kylie Minogue9 of 11
In addition to creating super-catchy pop hits (and remaking one of our favorites, “The Loco-Motion,” in 1988), this Australian songstress is now known for her work as an incredibly influential breast cancer awareness advocate after she battled with the disease.
Margaret Smith Court10 of 11
This tennis legend was just 17 year old when she won her first of seven straight Australian Open singles titles. She is one of three women to win every possible title — singles, same-sex doubles and mixed doubles — from each Grand Slam event.
Dame Nellie Melba11 of 11
This opera singer was the first Australian to receive international recognition for her incredible soprano voice. And those living Down Under get to honor her in their daily lives: The Australian 100-dollar bill features Dame Nellie’s image.