xoJane's 25 Most Shameless People On The Web
We here at xoJane are pretty big fangirls of all things funny and fearless. We also like a little shamelessness in our game.
So we decided to do two things. One: Host a really awesome panel at SXSW featuring three funny and fearless women -- Issa Rae, Kristina Wong, and our own Mandy Stadtmiller -- talking impromptu about their experiences (because that's what we do).
And two: Host a really rad party celebrating not just those three funny and fearless women on our panel, but 22 other equally compelling people who are just standout, extra-super audacious on the web! And so here are our picks for the 25 most gloriously shameless people on the Internet, who we are pleased to be celebrating at this year’s SXSW Festival!
1. Issa Rae
Issa Rae is the award-winning creator of the web series “Awkward Black Girl.” Her original web content has garnered a whopping 20 million views (and counting). She’s brilliant, and she's currently working on a pilot for HBO.
Kristina Wong is a solo performer who is best known for her show “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which has toured over 40 venues since 2006, and has now been turned into a film acquired for worldwide distribution by Cinema Libre Studios.
Mandy Stadtmiller is a writer, comedian, and Deputy Editor of xoJane. There’s very little she won’t write about -- have you read the one about the mystery smell in the office? -- and anonymity is not her thing.
4. Mindy Kaling
Actress and author Mindy Kaling was born Vera Mindy Chokalingham, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Last year, Time magazine recognized her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, along with Barack Obama and the Pope. So that’s impressive.
5. Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox is an actress and transgender rights advocate. She stars in the hit TV show "Orange is the New Black," and recently schooled the hell out of Katie Couric during an appearance on her daytime show.
Sport Illustrated cover model Chrissy Teigen refers to herself in her Twitter bio as a “demotivational speaker.” She also has her own food (and other stuff) blog, So Delushious.
Casey Neistat is a filmmaker, daredevil, YouTube sensation and charisma junkie who’s been known to ride his bike into things on purpose.
8. Janet Mock
Janet Mock is a writer and transgender rights advocate who recently released a memoir entitled "Redefining Realness." She is not here for Piers Morgan. (We don’t blame her.)
Jennifer Weiner is a novelist who writes about ladies and sex and dysfunctional families and body image issues. She's also not afraid to call out sexism when she sees it.
10. Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho is a comedian, solo performer and feminist. Her one-women shows have included “I’m The One I Want” and “Notorious C.H.O.” She has won a ton of awards and is generally fearless.
11. Courtney Love
Courtney Love is Courtney Love.
12. Jenny Johnson
Jenny Johnson is a comedy writer and former news producer widely known for calling Chris Brown “a worthless piece of shit” on Twitter. Some people disagreed. A lot of people didn’t.
13. Jen Selter
Jen Selter has an extra-big and super-sculpted booty conveniently located under a tiny waist. It has made her “an Internet sensation,” and she makes no apologies.
14. Cat Marnell
Cat Marnell is a writer, beauty editor and generally controversial figure who used to work for xoJane. Love her or hate her, you're probably talking about her.
15. Rob Delaney
Rob Delaney is a writer and comedian. He has over a million Twitter followers -- Comedy Central declared him the funniest person on Twitter -- and wrote a book called "Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage." -- which pretty much sums it up.
16. Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham is the creator and star of the HBO series "Girls." She has yet to demonstrate any shame whatsoever, which we love.
17. Tig Notaro
Tig Notaro is a writer and comedian who walked on stage to perform a standup show a few hours after being diagnosed with cancer. She brought the house down; cancer has not brought her down.
18. Lizz Winstead
Lizz Winstead was a co-creator and former head writer of "The Daily Show." She is now a political satirist who recently launched Lady Parts Justice, a collaboration of comedians, writers and filmmakers who make videos exposing anti-choice crackpots.
19. Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres is the person everyone wants to be when they grow up. She believes in being kind and has hosted the Oscars twice. She has been out as a lesbian since 1997.
20. Ronan Farrow
Ronan Farrow may or may not be the son of the late Frank Sinatra. He is, however, definitely the son of Mia Farrow. He’s wicked-smart and just got his own show on MSNBC.
21. Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe is an actress who does not suffer fools or meanies gladly. Just give her a reason to tweet what she thinks about your fat jokes.
22. Sarah Silverman
There is no topic too taboo for Sarah Silverman to include in her stand-up comedy, film and TV work -- or in her best-selling book "The Bedwetter." Beyond the shock value, her work often takes aim at sexism and other social issues.
23. Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson is an Australian actress and comedian whose performance in the film "Pitch Perfect" (and everything else she's in) is worth the price of admission.
24. Reggie Watts
Reggie Watts has a really big afro. He plays improvised musical sets that are innovative and hilarious.
25. Tracy Clayton