Panda Makes 'Faces of the Year' 2011 List Over These Amazing Women

panda bearIn an attempt to recognize the women who captivated us in 2011, the BBC has kept it classy by nominating a PANDA -- yes, as in a bear -- as one of their 12 female "Faces of the Year." Apparently, they could only come up with 11 actual, human influential women for 2011. I only wish I was joking or telling you about a SNL skit ... And making matters worse, some of the names in those 11 don't really seem to belong or are anything but inspirational. Like Pippa Middleton. Sure, we were fascinated by her booty, but what has she actually done to deserve that spot? Or Charlene Wittstock, an Olympic athlete whose claim to fame was almost becoming a runaway bride before marrying a prince. It's no wonder the BBC has overnight become the target of mass ire. 

And we thought the BBC and the Brits were light years ahead of us. Ha! 

Here, five brilliant, influential, headline-making women the BBC missed ...

  1. Hillary Clinton - Surely, the Brits -- who have had a female Prime Minister already and must think we were hella lame in '08 for having such a hissy fit over possibly electing a woman to be President -- aren't all that impressed with Mrs. Clinton, but that doesn't make her any less influential in her role as U.S. Secretary of State. At least we can take heart that she was recognized at home, having been named Most Admired Woman in the USA Today/Gallup poll.
  2. Melissa McCarthy - I just can't think of a female comedian who has made as much of an impression on entertainment and culture as McCarthy in quite some time. She's a mover and a shaker who deserves a round of applause for her work up until now and over the past year especially.
  3. Arianna Huffington - Love her or hate her business practices, no one can deny the media mogul made her mark in a huge way this past year by merging HuffPo with AOL.
  4. Lady Gaga - This was the year we could no longer deny the Mother Monster has become a megastar. And she's not just good at goin' platinum and raking in moolah. In 2011, she began promotional deals with Google, Zynga, and Gilt, raised more than $202 mil. to fight HIV and AIDS, and has started an anti-bullying charity, The Born This Way Foundation.
  5. Lauren Bush - The fashion model's business FEED has put a dent into world hunger by successfully combining not-for-profit and for-profit and partnering with the U.N.'s World Food Program.

And these are just a few of the many amazing women who deserve recognition for their accomplishments and influence in 2011. For not even considering the names above or others like them, BBC deserves all the outrage coming their way.

What do you think about the BBC's picks for female Faces of the Year for 2011? Who else do you think should have made the list?


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