Every year, Variety issues their Women's Impact Report in which they highlight women in the entertainment industry that they think deserve some praise. From industry executives (like United Artists bigwig Paula Wagner) to household names (like Angelina Jolie), the list spotlights some strong, smart, fascinating ladies.
For the past few Wednesdays I've sung the praises of filmmaker Adrienne Shelly, Tina Fey, and J.K. Rowling. For the final installment of the Women's Impact Report series, I'm spotlighting the quirky and beloved Bjork.
Some people may find the Iceland native's music too bizarre for their tastes, but if nothing else Bjork always dances to the beat of her own drum, figuratively and literally speaking. If all you know of Bjork is that she wore a swan dress to the Oscars you should check out some of her crazy inventive tunes.
She also rejects over-marketing her music and embraces the fans who support her. As it says in the Variety profile:
Bjork is an incessant touring artist because she enjoys the fan contact. She continues to be a sought-after festival headliner — she recently topped Coachella — in addition to her solo dates.
Bjork also works closely with UNICEF and will donate a portion of ticket sales off her current tour to the org's work with babies who have HIV. The gesture continues the relationship she began after the 2004 Indonesia tsunami when she donated proceeds of an album of fans' remixes of her hit "Army of Me." Her 2006 visit sparked the "Earth Intruders" track.
"(The song) just came like a tsunami out of my mouth," she says.
"Like a tsunami out of my mouth" is one of the many reasons I love Bjork and am glad she's getting some recognition as one of the most intriguing and influential women in entertainment.