Woman Crush Month is a month-long series by the girls of She Did What She Wanted
in celebration of Women’s History Month.
By Katie Bull
Keltie Knight hasn’t always been someone I’ve considered a woman crush. In fact, it’s only within the last 18 months that I’ve become a fan of her – both of her work in Hollywood, and of her as a woman who encourages other women to live their best lives every day.
Keltie is from Sherwood Park, Alberta in Canada, but she moved to New York City as a young woman to begin a professional dancing career – perhaps you know her from her time as a member of the Radio City Rockettes. Eventually, though, she made the decision to transition from dance to television, and she made the move to Los Angeles. She describes her first few years there as being filled with doing too much work for free and having plenty of bad auditions, but eventually she landed her dream job, where you can still see her today – as a host on CBS’ program The Insider. You also might know her from her book, Rockettes, Rockstars, and Rock Bottom, her blog Day + Knight, her short stint as a contestant on Season 15 of the Bachelor, or recognize her as an advocate for mental health with the organization To Write Love on Her Arms.
In the fall of 2015, Keltie started a podcast called “The LadyGang” with designer Jac Vanek and actress Becca Tobin, inspired by mimosa brunches the friends would often have. The podcast is filled with truthful moments about life in Hollywood, and about life as women who are constantly reaching for their dreams. I started listening to the podcast from its very first episode when I saw Jac post about it – I’ve been following her and her brand since I was in high school and rocked my Sorry for Partying tank top and LEGIT bracelet every chance I got. When I started listening to the podcast, I didn’t know who Keltie was. Quickly though, I began to find inspiration in her words with each new episode every Tuesday.
Whether she’s talking about the mirror messages she leaves for herself to feel inspired, the goal lists she makes for each new year, her own personal journey to her current success, how she dealt with an embarrassing moment, or answering a listener’s question by telling them that they can do or be whatever they want to do or be, Keltie is consistently radiating light into the world. She’s open about her hard days, too, and doesn’t try to sugar coat her life or her struggles, but she has served to me as a reminder that hard work can get you anywhere. While I don’t always agree with everything said during the podcast, it has become a favourite because of the honesty and the encouragement that I find within it . The podcast now has its own Facebook group, now 7000+ members strong, and serves as a beautifully supportive space for women to get advice and lift one another up.
In a world that can be pretty harsh and difficult to navigate, people like Keltie make me feel a little better. She advocates for working hard every day towards your dreams, and constantly trying to be your best self. In a recent interview, she said that her own personal motto is “Why not me? – Someone has to have the gig you want, and IT SHOULD BE YOU”. She is constantly lifting women up, voicing her opinions for equality, and encouraging girls to reach for their biggest and scariest dreams. In a blog post she once wrote that “doing what you promised yourself you would do is the greatest high in the world,” and this has stuck with me ever since. As someone who often has difficulty convincing herself that she can accomplish scary things she sets out to do, this has reminded me on more than one occasion that the scary things are worth it.
Thank you, Keltie, for bringing your light into a world that can sometimes feel pretty dark. Thank you for sharing my love for a good inspirational quote and a good to-do list. Thank you for continuing to push yourself and the many women who look up to you, myself included, to work hard each day with the knowledge that their dreams can come true. Thank you for helping to create a community of women who lift one another up each day. Thank you for your positivity, your honesty, and most of all, thank you for your all-caps-worthy excitement for life.
Now everyone go follow her on Instagram, she really wants to hit 50k for her birthday.
She Did What She Wanted firmly believes there’s nothing better than women empowering other women, so when we found out March is Women’s History Month, we knew we needed to do something special. There are too many amazing women to fit into just thirty one days, but to do our best, we invited our contributors to write about the favorite women in their lives, and Woman Crush Month came to be. #WCM is the ultimate girl power party, and it’s all about women celebrating women and their achievements, and we personally can’t think of anything better than that.