Julia Child

The Food Network owes a debt of gratitude to Julia Child. If it wasn’t for her tenacity, and sense of adventure, we would have never heard Rachael Ray utter the term EVOO. Learned the art of intricate cake making from Duff Goldman. Or seen Giada De Laurentiis’s smile light up the screen.

Coco Chanel

Few people have empowered women like Coco Chanel. Though her journey was plagued with obstacles, her strength, determination and creative vision were byproducts of the difficult childhood she endured. Mademoiselle channeled her pain to become the most celebrated fashion designer in the world.