18/11/2013 03:36 GMT

10 Pictures That Make Women Proud (PICTURES)

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US singer Miley Cyrus poses for photographers on the red carpet as she arrives for the Bambi awards at the Stage theatre at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin on November 14, 2103. The awards ceremony ubder the patronage of German publisher Hubert Burda and awards nominees in the sectors of communication, entertainment and show business as well as economy, politics and sports. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL ALTERNATIVE CROP (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Whether you think she was wreckless or righteous, the image of self-proclaimed feminist Miley Cyrus twerking Robin Thicke at the VMAs earlier this year forced open the can of controversy that is ‘female objectification’.

Pictures of women wearing little clothing, waxed like porn stars, and leering at their public through glossy, red lips, can make it hard for many to know where to look, let alone what to think about how we should view the female body in modern times.

While libertarian feminists automatically loved Cyrus’s display of sexual autonomy, others -- most famously Sinead O’Connor -- shook their heads at the popstrel’s breathlessly naive understanding of what it means to be a liberated woman.

Luckily, this time around, Lily Allen jumped in to mock the male-dominated, retrogressive pop industry and restore some balance to a cat fight that threatened to undermine the pop-ulist sisterhood.

We thought that as the dust has now settled, it was time to take a moment to reflect on some images of women that are undeniably positive, and something we can all be proud of.

Let us know whether these images inspire you in the comments below...