Celebrity Women Share Their First Jobs, And Prove That You Can Start Just About Anywhere

"I was a babysitter."

If you're a millennial living in 2018, then you understand how intense the pressure to be successful (quickly!) is. And if you let social media tell it, success is defined by fame, consistent (public) wins, and a clear, straight path to the top starting from the perfect first step. The truth is, life doesn't always work that way, and where you start does not have to be where you end up. Glamour magazine proves just that with its latest video featuring celebrity women discussing their first jobs. 


In the video, influential women such as Ashley Graham, Uzo Aduba, Samantha Bee, and others share some surprising details about their work history. It may seem like these ladies had it all from jump but believe it or not, some of the most inspiring and influential people in history have had small beginnings. Even world-renown supermodel Naomi Campbell once worked at a clothing store on the weekends  — and she loved it.  

Like most people, women in the video worked jobs outside of their passion or desired field. Before becoming an award-winning actress and everyone's favorite character on Orange is the New Black, Aduba was a badge-checker at the Medfield Swim Pond. Maxine Waters was a busser at a segregated restaurant in St. Louis before reclaiming her time as one of the most influential people in politics. Graham was a babysitter, Diane von Furstenberg was a receptionist, and Glamour's own Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Leive was a "terrible" hair stylist assistant at a salon.

Nevermind the miscellaneous jobs they've worked, these women stayed true to their passion and goals. This isn't to say that if you're not rich and famous, you aren't living your purpose. Your purpose is yours and can only be defined by what truly makes you happy. Whether it's writing books, grading papers, or sharing whatever gifts you have with the world, it is possible to achieve your dreams no matter where you start.


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