18 Low-Key Feminist Icons From Your Favorite CW Shows
Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl)
Blair Waldorf is in no way unproblematic. Her soulmate, Chuck Bass, is questionable at best and an attempted rapist at worst. Her squabbles with her best friend, Serena van der Woodsen, usually come from a completely avoidable place of insecurity. She’s more than a bit of a classist, and it takes her a long time to use her strengths to help herself instead of to tear down others. That being said, Blair is the most confident woman on television, and with good reason. She has immeasurable power solely from understanding social mechanisms, the art of war, and how to correctly use clout. She will stop at nothing to achieve her goals, no matter how misled they might be, and she has a strategic mind that most army generals should envy. Sure, she ends the series as a CEO, but it’s only a matter of time before she becomes the leader of the Illuminati.