Eminent person

“sometimes it takes a good fall to know where you really stand”-Hayley Williams

My eminent person is Hayley Williams, 

I picked her as my eminent person for a lot of reasons, first off because I love music and the entertainment business, I love to sing and I almost always have headphones in so it was important to me to pick someone who was involved in entertainment. I decided on Hayley Williams for a lot of reasons though. The first being that I love two thousand emo, Pop punk and alt music so I wanted to pick someone with influence in the era. I admire Hayley Williams personally, much of her media presence is due to her standing up for the things that she believes in, such as standing up against homophobia. She is unafraid to discuss taboo subjects, like toxic relationships and mental health, she also runs a pretty successful business that incorporates itself both into the culture surrounding her style of music and her personal brand, with an emphasis on ethical business and special focus on going the extra mile to make a more enjoyable costumer experience (yes, I know this sounds like an ad, but I promise I’m not being sponsored). She’s someone I both look up to for her musical career and for her personal beliefs. 

Hayley Williams of Paramore


It is clear that Hayley Williams is an incredibly driven person, she started her own band at seventeen that now has a song with over 200 million streams on Spotify. I want to emulate this spirit of hard work and dedication both in the talons program and in life which is one of the reasons that I really wanted to talk about Hayley Williams for the eminent project. 

I want to continue to research and learn about my eminent person because of the things she’s accomplished. She has massive confidence in the media, she is a millionaire and business woman and is most well  known for something she loves, music, and isn’t being an accomplished person in a field you enjoy and are passionate about the dream?  

I think in the coming weeks I would like to focus my research more on her musical career, I have focused a lot on her more business and social justice side, but the original reason I chose her for my eminent person was her astounding work with the band “Paramore” (that she is the founder and lead singer of) and her independent work. Her original intent for songs was to make music that was relatable to people of all ages, she wanted to write about problems that the average person experiences. She will be remembered in the future for the ways that she’s revolutionized the music industry. Originally pop punk was open and inclusive, there was a low tolerance for discrimination and bands such as nirvana went so far as to say fans who didn’t respect woman shouldn’t bother buying their records, unfortunately this changed in the early 2000’s and many female and queer fans started to notice it was an industry they were slowly less and less welcome in. Then Paramore hit the seen with “riot!” this was there first album the made it big and lead singer Hayley Williams blew fans away with lyrics that essentially said down with misogyny. this was when there was yet another industry shift, this time for the better. Hayley Williams left a mark on the universe, both through having her own take on music and having her own take on lyrics, as previously stated, she talked about more down to earth problems and made her music emotion accessible to any and all fans. 

Paramore’s Hayley Williams teases new solo material

Obviously, as with any successful person she’s had her fair share of struggles, she openly talks about her parents separation when she was a young child and the emotional impacts that’s had on her. She’s struggled with mental health in many more and speaks openly about her fight to overcome personal and emotion hurdles to become the incredibly successful and iconic artist that she is today. She spoke in her lyrics about issues such as mental health before even the world health organization was treating it as the health problem it is, her lyrics helped form stronger connections within a music community and, have helped introduce millions of pop punk/ emo fans to the genre (including myself). 

in summary Hayley Williams is eminent because she broke the mold, she stepped outside of the box and it paid off through a lot of hard work and some brilliant lyrics, she’s running a biasness that centers around a massive part of her personal brand (hair coloring and styling) and continues to revolutionize every industry she steps into to this day. 




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image citations


Hayley Williams of Paramore performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 8, 2018 in Manchester, Tenn. (2021, February 16). [Photograph]. Hayley Williams of Paramore Performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 8, 2018 in Manchester, Tenn. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/9526374/hayley-williams-ready-for-next-paramore-album/ 


Winter, K. (2019, December 28). Kevin Winter/Getty Images. [Photograph]. https://www.thefader.com/2019/12/28/hayley-williams-solo-music

AOC media influence


  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has changed the face of politics by incorporating a media image into her campaign and even streaming videogames such as among us to generate interest and attention 
  • She is finding a way to reach out to youth through being relatable  

She has become a bit of an influencer after mentioning her favorite lipstick it was sold out in days. While this has rubbed some other politicians the wrong way AOC has done an amazing job of promoting her campaign through media influence and its paid off, while to some people copying her make up may seem a little strange for a politician I think it shows that she’s inspired so many people and in so any ways the want to reflect her.  


AOC achievements and awards


-AOC is the youngest congress woman in American history  

-She came 2nd in the 2007 intel international science and engineering fair , and as her prize had an asteroid named after her  

-The Adelle Foley award ( an award for American multicultural writers)

The 2019 100 BBC women 

-The 2017 national Hispanic institute person of the year   


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Grassroots campaign


What exactly is a grass roots campaign? The definition of a grass root campaign is when you build something (usually a political issue) up from the bottom it is often at first community funded  with the hope of making a change, grassroot campaigns often act as a call to action showing people they would benefit from supporting a new cause. Grass root campaigns usually grow to be massive world wide phenomenon and often take on issues like racial inequality and climate change. 

In the case of AOC her average donation was 17 dollars because mainly collected donations from the community and did many small gatherings in neighbors houses to raise funds and spread her message. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez early life


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ( AOC ) didn’t start from a political family, before she became a congress woman she was actually working as a waitress and bartender to help her mom avoid fore closer on her house, in fact in the documentary she was featured in ( bring down the house), several scenes are shot in her previous place of employment ( a small restaurant) or interviewing her regular costumers. 

While she does not have a traditional political background she does have a bachelors degree from Boston university in international relations and economics. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) political stand point

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is probably best known for some of her political views she believes in LGBTQ+ rights, agreements towards making the planet greener, the abolishing of ICE (immigration and customs control), gun control, more affordable post secondary education for all and believes that health care should be affordable for all. She considers herself to be a democratic socialist.