While we should celebrate our women all year round, the month of March is solely dedicated to women’s history - which originated as early as 1987 when Congress proclaimed March 7th as “Women’s History Week.” What started out as seven days, has since become a month of honoring the impact women have had in our society.
And as you know, here at King Ice, we always make sure the ladies are covered as well.
With our newly released Champion series, it’s important to know that women have been just as dominant - not only in sports, but in entertainment, business, politics and more. So, to the sports champion, or the every day champion, ladies, this one is for you.
If we’re talking music - particularly Hip Hop - there’s no doubt that Cardi B has won a lot of us over. Her rise to stardom was no easy road, but she’s earned it every step of the way. Last year, her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy,” topped the US Billboard 200, went double platinum, and became the first female artist to have all tracks from an album certified gold, or higher. That same album also brought in her first Grammy Award during this year’s ceremony. Isn't it obvious why she's so desirable?
Michelle Obama. Her name alone is prolific. The former First Lady, had her portrait (painted by Amy Sherald) unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery. This was monumental for Amy, as well, because she became the first African-American artist to paint the Smithsonian's official presidential portraits.
Coachella has raised the bar. Last year, the popular music festival had its first Black woman headline - and her name is, Beyonce! Queen Bey bodied a 27-song set for over 100,000 festival goers. Her performance set, alone, became the most watched live-streamed performance, to date, raking in 41 MILLION viewers. There's no question who is the Head Bey In Charge!
If you thought topping four gold medal wins in 2016 was going to be difficult, well, you’re name isn’t Simone Biles. The soon-to-be 22 year old gymnast from Columbus, Ohio, became the first woman to win FIVE all-around titles at the US national championships last Summer. This just might solidify her for G.O.A.T status, as she’s still early in her career. For her championship performance, Biles wore teal - the designated color for sexual-abuse survivors - to signify she stands with the gymnasts who, like herself, were abused.
Naomi Osaka, the half-Japanese, half-Haitian rising star in tennis did something absolutely remarkable in the US Open finals last year - defeat Serena Williams! The tremendous victory earned Osaka the privilege of becoming the first athlete representing Japan to win a Grand Slam Final. For that, we honor her with the 14k White Gold Champion Heritage medallion.
To close this list out, one of the biggest brands in all of planet earth, NIKE, officially declared 2019 the “Year For Women!” For their new video campaign, “Dream Crazier,” Nike teamed up with Serena Williams as she narrated a video that highlighted women who dream big. The inspiring minute-and-a-half video advertisement highlights the accomplishment of women athletes, including Chloe Kim, Ibtihaj Muhammad, and of course, Serena Williams.
“A woman running a marathon was crazy. A woman boxing was crazy. A woman dunking? Crazy. Coaching an NBA team? Crazy. A woman competing in a hijab, changing her sport, landing a Frontside Double Cork 1080, or winning 23 Grand Slams, having a baby and coming back for more? Crazy. Crazy. Crazy. Crazy. And Crazy.
So if they want to call you crazy? Fine. Show them what crazy can do.”