5 Women Who Inspire Meghan Markle in Completely Different Ways

Even before Meghan Markle walked down the aisle and joined the royal family, she’s become a source of inspiration for women across the world. Not only does she set an example by standing up for what she believes in, but she’s also been deemed a royal fashion icon.

Markle, however, has claimed she wouldn’t be who she is without her own sources of inspiration in her life. These are the 5 women who inspire the Duchess of Sussex in completely different ways.

Meghan Markle in her wedding gown

Meghan Markle on her wedding day | Jonathan Brady-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Audrey Hepburn

Many young women have idolized Audrey Hepburn over the years, but Markle has proven the inspiration she’s gotten from the late actress. While Markle’s philanthropic ways certainly take after Hepburn’s, the royal has followed in Hepburn’s footsteps in another way: Her fashion choices.

Both women have a love of Givenchy, which just so happened to be the designer of Markle’s iconic silk wedding dress. Hepburn was known for wearing boat neck styles, so we can certainly see how Markle’s gown would have been inspired by the star.

Emmanuelle Alt

Though Markle may be looking to Hepburn for her classier royal looks, she listed Emmanuelle Alt as her more casual style inspiration. Alt, who is the editor-in-chief at Vogue Paris, may have even been the inspiration behind Markle’s outfit she wore on her first official outing with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games — which included ripped jeans, a crisp white button down, and ballet flats.

In an interview with U.K.’s Glamour magazine, Markle revealed her go-to date night outfit would be jeans, a nice top, and a blazer. “Basically, what Emmanuelle Alt would wear!” Markle explained.

“She is my style spirit animal! Her and Geraldine Saglio [a French stylist],” Markle added. “I have now started to do that thing where you tear out pictures for inspiration of how you’re going to dress for the day.”

Doria Ragland (her mother)

Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland

Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland | Steve Parsons-Pool/Getty Images

Markle isn’t just close with her mother, Doria Ragland. She looks to her as a source of inspiration. The Duchess of Sussex has long been known as a yogi, which is a trait she gets from her mother. However, that’s not the only thing that’s been passed down to her. Markle wrote in an essay for Glamour magazine in August 2017:

My mom’s a yoga instructor, but she does social work as well, and she works specifically with the geriatric community. For me to watch this level of life-long sensitivity to nurturing and caregiving, but at the same time my mom has always been a free spirit. We can just have so much fun together, and yet, I’ll still find so much solace in her support. That duality coexists the same way it would in a best friend.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Becoming a royal hasn’t changed Markle’s tendency to lean toward more natural makeup looks. Even on her wedding day, she opted for a nude lip and sheer foundation to show off her own beauty.

Apparently, we can credit Gwyneth Paltrow for Markle’s chic, yet au naturale style. In 2016, Markle admitted to Beauty Banter that she looks up to the actress as a beauty icon. “I love how she has timeless style and looks chic and polished, but also embraces the effortless ‘rolled out of bed’ look that all of us do on a daily basis,” Markle said of Paltrow. “Her makeup and style are spot-on the direction that I want to go in.”

Rosie the Riveter

Honestly, we aren’t surprised that Markle considers Rosie the Riveter one of her major sources of inspiration. However, it turns out Markle has been idolizing the cultural World War II icon since she was just a child.

“Growing up, I had a poster in my room of Rosie flexing her biceps,” Markle wrote in her Glamour essay. “When I was in grade school, I saw this sexist commercial for dish soap. With Rosie’s ‘We can do it!’ mantra in mind, I wrote a letter to Procter & Gamble, Hillary Clinton, and Nick News anchor Linda Ellerbee, who sent a camera crew to meet me. Guess what? They changed the commercial.”