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    The Woman By Anne Raso

    “BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!” (WHY OPRAH’S STILL “GOLDEN”!)

    Oprah Winfrey has always been about making women feel good about themselves--i.e. inspiring them to “live their best lives.”

    Oprah is much more than a TV personality and her recent speech at the Golden Globes (where she received the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award) was one of her most “golden” moments yet. Immediately following her now-legendary early January acceptance speech, the media and fans were suggesting that she run for president in the next election!

    While there are many people in the US with rags to riches tales, Oprah’s “back story” is special. She was a minority female who overcame poverty and childhood molestation to become a beauty queen and then a local TV personality in Baltimore circa 1976 with the show People Are Talking.

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    She parlayed her smarts and natural charisma into a national self-named talk show in 1986 and then went on to make the careers of others like Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil by giving them guest spots. As we all now know, Oprah then parlayed her successful talk show into a vast empire that includes OWN TV, an acting career that is presently on hold, a national magazine and a huge network of charities that includes building schools in poor areas around the world. (Oprah appears on the The 50 Most Generous Americans list every year.)

    In 2003, she became the first African-American billionaire in the world. When a consumer product of any sort gets mentioned as one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things” in an article or online post, it immediately sells out. Few people wield this kind of power who are as utterly likable as Oprah—she still seems like “one of us” despite her power and wealth and she is arguably the single most influential female in the world today.

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    Oprah’s belief system is based on the Golden Rule and people who have met her or have worked with her say that she makes you feel important and takes what you say seriously. In one of her Lifeclass programs, Lady O summed the key to a happy life up in one sentence: “You must believe in yourself and believe that the life you want is well within your reach.”

    Oprah is so beloved because she is not only an impeccable speaker but because she lays her soul bare while most celebrities are guarded. Winfrey’s beliefs on suffering, gratitude, generosity, forgiveness and other spiritual topics are ones that stick with us. She tells women to never forget where they came from, love themselves the way they are, to offer help to others and to always put aside time for pampering even if they are not affluent. Oprah is about “ah ha” moments and being spiritual even if it is not via organized religion.

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    As we go to press, the rumors are still flying that Oprah is considering running for president even though “the queen of all media” has not commented on this firsthand; back in October, Oprah dismissed that she was considering running for any sort of political office. Whether she runs for the 2020 US presidency or not, she will always be a leader whose heart of gold leads the way for inspiration and positivity in women’s lives.

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