Nikki Reed has got it all: millions of followers, beautiful looks, a successful career and a ridiculously handsome husband. More than that, she also happens to be one inspiring woman. The actress, singer-songwriter, and screenwriter is best known for her role in The Twilight Saga. But she’s been a powerhouse since the age 14 when she helped co-write and star in the film Thirteen. The movie is loosely based on her childhood. Besides her success as an actress, Nikki is an amazing activist. Here is what we find most inspiring about Nikki Reed. 

She Fights for Animal Rights

Nikki has spent many years fostering, rescuing and rehabilitating animals. She is an ambassador for The Humane Society of the United States and works for other animal rights organizations, such as Freedom of Animals. Nikki uses her Instagram account for good by raising awareness of animals in need. She collaborated with the brand Freedom of Animals to create a collection of cruelty-free and sustainable luxury handbags.

Nikki Reed is a Badass Woman

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In 2015 she went to the State Capitol in California to testify on behalf of Assembly Bill 147. It allows the public to adopt cats and dogs who have been tested on. Speaking about it Nikki said, “Animals used for science should not be discarded—the cruelty that they endure being used for research purposes is harsh enough. Let’s not further the abuse by claiming the rescues are not equipped to help them live out the rest of their lives peacefully.”

Before testifying, Nikki showed off her four-legged beagle friend Emma who is a survivor of a San Francisco testing facility. She posted, “The holes in her ears are a testament to the horror she endured #AB147 @Beaglefreedom.

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Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch (JARR), a no-kill rescue and sanctuary in Napa Valley for companion and farmed animals, honored Nikki Reed and her husband Ian Somerhalder. They received the first Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch Humanitarian Award. The award celebrates those individuals who have shown outstanding compassion, advocacy and dedication to animal protection issues.

Nikki Reed is a Badass Woman

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She’s All About Sustainability

Nikki teamed up with Morgan Bogle and launched Bayou with Love. It is a minimalist and eco-friendly fashion line that uses non-traditional materials, like recycled cotton canvas and post-consumer plastic. The brand makes everything in the United States, using ethical factories. The apparel industry makes up almost 10 percent of global carbon emissions. Being a lover of both fashion and environmental protection, she found a way to contribute to the fashion industry’s gradual shift to sustainable practices. Her brand recently collaborated with Dell on a new jewelry collection, made with gold from recycled computers.

Nikki Reed is a Badass Woman

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“Bayou with Love was created to bring greater awareness to the human impact on our planet, and show that beautiful items can come from sustainably sourced and recycled materials,” Reed said in a statement. She continued, “By recycling gold that was once considered ‘waste,’ Dell and I are working to create an environment where we continuously reuse resources and strive for zero waste.”

On Sundays, Nikki donates her social media to Years of Living Dangerously, a documentary television series covering global warming. Her Sunday Instagram posts promote putting a price on carbon as a solution to climate change. 

Nikki Reed is a Badass Woman

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She’s a Huge Feminist

Nikki Reed is also inspiringly confident and body positive. She once said “It’s the days I get to let my skin breathe and my frizzy hair flies free that I cherish the most. That I feel the most ‘me.’ So if there is one message I could have given my younger self, it would’ve been this: Be gentle with yourself. Know that every girl your age has acne, that it’s okay to feel insecure about your height, your weight, or the size of your boobs. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Don’t spend your energy wishing you could change it.”

Nikki Reed is a Badass Woman

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She encourages young girls to support each other. Nikki encourages young girls to be their best selves and asks that they support one another. “Be the generation that changed the world. Be the generation that broke the cycle of girls competing with one another, bringing each other down, pinning girls against each other,” she wrote on her Instagram.

Nikki Reed is a Badass Woman

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Nikki also advocates for better roles for women in Hollywood. “I think it’s really important for us to not only play but create roles for women that gives them more to do than just be something one-dimensional and one-note, more than the girlfriend, the mother, the sister, the bitch, you know?” Her goal is to play characters she can contribute to and also ones that can contribute to her.

Nikki Reed, you are truly an inspiration!

Edited by Chloe Lew

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