Ahhh Valentine’s Day, a treasured time of feeling like it’s socially acceptable to half-eat a dozen truffles and chocolates out of a bright read heart-shaped box (btw, am I the only one who hates the pink nougat mystery filling…anyone with me? anyone??). Speaking of divisive, we def know how polarizing V-Day can be in general. Some live for February 14th to roll around so they can enjoy that super economical pre-fixe lobster special with their beloved boo. Some despise how forced the whole day can feel and would rather hang out with their cat, eat stale popcorn, and binge-watch Scandal. We totally get it.
But, truth be told, there’s an essence of V-Day we’re totally down to support and it’s the intention to celebrate all kinds of love! We’re not just talking romance, here. We’re talking about the unity and trust (and really bizarre inside jokes) that you treasure in the relationships you have with your bestie, sister, business partner, roommate, etc. Take for instance, our match-made in (women’s health) heaven partnership with ICON, the coolest pee-proof underwear you’ll find: Only for truly iconic women -or really any woman who has that occasional, awkward leak when sneezing or laughing, but still wants to feel sexy and confident 😉
Lucy & Ethel
Even though the classic show was centered around Lucy and and Rick’s marriage, I’m pretty sure we can all agree that Lucy and Ethel’s escapades delivered the most gut-busting laughs. It takes a special kind of bond to inhale and hide chocolates in swift unison.
Amal Alamuddin & George Clooney
Amal Alamuddin—the Lebanese-British internationally celebrated human rights lawyer—first met George Clooney (I believe he does some sort of acting? maybe seen him in a few movies?) in Florence, Italy. When the couple got hitched in 2014, they agreed to sell their wedding pictures to People Magazine and Hello Magazine. But instead of pocketing the millions earned from their stunning shots, the couple donated the moolah to several human rights charities with a big chunk of the earnings going to Satellite Sentinel Project, an org that monitors the movements of militant gangs in Sudan. Philanthropic power partners, indeed.
Venus & Serena
We can’t get enough of this sisterly love. As amazing as their tennis accolades and business achievements are, it’s the relationship between Venus and Serena that is most outstanding. These superstar sisters, who are constantly competing with each other, have a beautiful bond that is unbreakable. Serena recently wrote in a sentimental Instagram post, “There’s nothing I would not do for this brave inspirational woman @venuswilliams how fortunate I am to have u as my sister.”
Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka
Actors Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka are no strangers to the parent/work juggle. While raising their 5-year-old twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace, the couple have never compromised their family time for their careers or vice versa. Their secret? NPH says it boils down to “having each other’s back, and I’m just amazed at the human being that he is. He’s an amazing dad.” Did you know that the cute couple were together an entire decade before walking down the aisle 3 years ago? ️
Beyoncé & Jay Z
CAN YOU BELIEVE THEY ARE BLESSING THE WORLD WITH TWINS?!!?! Phew, had to get that hard-to-contain-excitement off my chest. Beyonce and Jay Z are music moguls who have kept their love game strong for 13 years now (5 years of dating + 8 years marriage). With a combined net worth of close to $1 billion from their music, fashion, record studios, and other business endeavors, it’s probz fair to say that Beyoncé and Jay Z are the most powerful couple in entertainment. Beyonce once said, “We took our time and developed an unbreakable friendship before we got married.” 2 cute 2 handle.
Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi
When Ellen was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom last year, Obama expressed that she “has shown us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place so long as we just keep swimming.” And seven years ago, after California Supreme Court overruled the ban on same-sex marriage, Ellen wanted to share that fun, love, and openness to swim through life with her partner and Scandal actress, Portia de Rossi.
Barack & Michelle Obama
The love-radiating couple first met at the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin, when Barack was working as a summer associate and Michelle was his adviser. That’s right, behind every successful man, there is a strong, wise and hardworking woman, and Barack will be first to tell you. “Michelle is a tremendously strong person, and has a very strong sense of herself and who she is and where she comes from. But I also think in her eyes you can see a trace of vulnerability that most people don’t know, because when she’s walking through the world she is this tall, beautiful, confident woman.” These dreamers made history as America’s first Black President & First Lady with unconditional love guiding them all the way.
And of course, this wouldn’t be a legitimate list of iconic partnerships if we left out one of the greatest girl gangs of all time—The Golden Girls! Remember when all the girls were stood up on Valentine’s Day? Instead spending solo time in sadness, Dorothy, Blanche, Rose & Sophia sat around, ate cheesecake, and looked back at memorable Valentine’s Days past. Ahhh…now that is true love.
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