Oprah Winfrey’s 13 Most Powerful Moments
Oprah Winfrey has been a trailblazer ever since she first stepped foot in the entertainment industry. For over 40 years she has been redefining what it means to be not only a woman but an African-American woman in Hollywood and has given a voice to the voiceless and gave hope to millions because of her passion, dedication and hard work. Now, the self-made billionaire is being supported for a run at Presidency in 2020 even though she never publicly stated she was interested, but that is just how much the public loves her. From her personal life to her business, Oprah is one of the most incredible women on the planet and with every move and statement she just keeps becoming more and more awe-inspiring. Take a look back at her 13 most powerful moments so far:
13. Early Struggles
Oprah has always been a force to be reckoned with even well before she was in the public eye. For the first six years of her life, she lived with her maternal grandmother but she was very poor and when she was six she moved to the inner-city of Milwaukee with her mother but her mother struggled to raise Oprah and her sister and she was sent to live with her father in Nashville. Her upbringing was poor and difficult as she was often neglected and abused and at 13 she ran away from home and became pregnant at the age of 14. After her son was born prematurely, he died shortly after birth, and despite all of the hardships, Oprah persevered and pushed herself to succeed. After returning home she once again was sent to live with her father where she finally thrived, earning a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, winning the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant at 17 and getting hired to work at the local black radio station part-time while she was a senior in high school. Well before her name was an international brand, Oprah Winfrey was defying all the odds against her and was demonstrating the strength and fortitude she would model going forward in all aspects of her life. Learning of her truly difficult background is still shocking to many because of how unlikely her success would have seemed at the team, yet she made it happen.
12. A.M. Chicago
Before she became a well-known TV personality, Oprah Winfrey began her career at Nashville’s WLAC-TV where she was already blazing trails as not only the youngest news anchor but also the very first black female news anchor at the station. From there, it was easy to see her star potential and she continued to rise before she moved to Chicago to host WLS-TV’s very low-rated half-hour morning talk show AM Chicago. It didn’t take long for her mere presence to incite a major change and within months of her joining AM Chicago, the show went from last place to become the highest-rated talk show in Chicago. In 1985 it was officially re-titled The Oprah Winfrey Show, but little did anyone know what was yet to come. AM Chicago‘s transformation can be solely credited to Oprah and is one very early example of her powerful impact in any position she took on.