The Coolest Same-Sex Female Power Couples

 

Whether they‚Äôre gay, straight, or somewhere in between, power couples are intimidating. It‚Äôs almost impossible for us to manage our middling careers, so it’s even harder to fathom how one might go about juggling wild success with a great relationship. Add the extra scrutiny that comes with¬†being famous, being a woman, and being gay, bi-, or pansexual, and you‚Äôve got an extra-huge mountain of stress. Somehow, the power couples on this list have managed to navigate the often choppy waters of love and life, not only cultivating rewarding and lucrative careers, but also finding someone amazing enough to share the journey with them

Sexuality is a continuum for many and the language we use to describe relationships gets complicated. Some of these women identify as lesbian, others as bisexual or pansexual, but the point of this list is to celebrate successful women who are in (or have been in) romantic relationships with other successful women. More than likely, the women on this list are super humans, or they’re from another planet. We can’t think of another way that they would be able to lead such accomplishing lives while being so cool. 

What does a family look like in the 21st century? The best and brightest humans no longer hold themselves to the standard of the nuclear family, and the women on this list not only confront the notion of what a ‚Äúnormal‚ÄĚ couple is, but they‚Äôve completely confound the status quo not only by placing their sexuality in the open, but also by refusing to settle for anything other than brilliance. The couples on this list are actresses, models, CEOs, and political powerhouses ‚Äď they‚Äôre not just couples, they‚Äôre the coolest celebrity lesbian (and bisexual) power couples, and don‚Äôt you forget it.

Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi

The so-called First Ladies of Lesbianism, it‚Äôs hard to think “lesbian power couple” without Ellen and Portia springing to mind. Probably the most visible and accepted couple in the public eye,¬†Ellen and Portia show that it is possible¬†to be successful, popular, AND gay.

Ellen came out during a time when it was even more of a huge deal than it is today, and despite her career crashing for a few years, she managed to bring it back and launch her own talk show which has now been running for over 10 years.

Wanda & Alex Sykes
The moms of toddler twins¬†got hitched in 2008, after Wanda publicly proclaimed herself a lesbian at a Prop 8 rally in Las Vegas. Now, Alex and the children are often part of Wanda‚Äôs act or conversations on late night talk shows. They’re also both heavily involved in animal rights activism for PETA.
Jodie Foster & Alexandra Hedison

Everyone knows Jodie Foster, a multi-hyphenate A-lister (actress/writer/director/producer/etc./ad infinitum) who is virtually guaranteed to have been involved with one of your favorite movies, in some way or another. Her wife, Alexandra, is best known for playing the devious Dylan on¬†The L Word, but she’s also¬†an established photographer and filmmaker.

Power couple status: ACHIEVED!

Lily Tomlin & Jane Wagner
After over 40 years together,¬†comedian Lily Tomlin married her wife, comedy writer Jane Wagner in 2014. The two have collaborated on several projects together, including¬†Moment by Moment, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life,¬†and¬†And That’s the Truth.
Chely Wright & Lauren Blitzer
Married in 2011, this award-winning country singer and rights advocate are definitely one of the new faces of lesbian power couples. Recently, they hosted the Concert for Love and Acceptance, the first GLAAD-sponsored festival in Nashville.
Jillian Michaels & Heidi Rhoades
This same sex power couple is all about fitness. Jillian Michaels is a personal trainer, and host of NBC’s¬†The Biggest Loser¬†weight loss competition. Heidi Rhoades is a successful yoga instructor. Michaels¬†told South Florida Gay News: “I was always out. I was never really in. I have dated men, but I chose Heidi as my life partner.” The couple raise a boy and a girl together.
In December 2015, reports revealed that¬†American Horror Story¬†star Sarah Paulson was in a¬†committed relationship¬†with¬†Two and a Half Men¬†actress Holland Taylor. Before then, Taylor, who is 32 years older than Paulson, had admitted to being in a serious relationship with a woman, although she wouldn’t say who it was.
Jenna Wolfe & Stephanie Gosk
Wolfe and Gosk (both NBC News correspondents) are some kind of NBC super couple. We’re not sure how they first met, but we’re guessing it was at some kind of super posh Olympics coverage party. We do know that¬†they have two daughters, and are both pretty much rocking this power couple game.
Virginia Woolf & Vita Sackville-West
Virginia and Vita are the OG non-hetero power couple. These two met at a dinner party in 1922, and began exchanging a series of romantic letters to one another over the course of several years. Both women were married to men at the time, but their affair with one another would become the inspiration for Woolf’s legendary work of literary fiction,¬†Orlando: A Biography.
Jane Lynch & Dr. Lara Embry
Although Jane Lynch and her former wife, Dr. Lara Embry, have been divorced since 2013,¬†they’re still one of the most inspirational lesbian power couples¬†of all time. Lynch is a successful actress and comedian, and Embry is a clinical psychologist.
Sara Gilbert & Linda Perry
We’re trying super hard to not make any 4 Non Blondes jokes so we’ll keep this brief.¬†T¬†he Talk¬†co-host and award-winning songwriter¬†married in 2014¬†and still seem to be in their honeymoon phase – we dare you to find one photo in which they aren’t both smiling.
Billie Jean King & Ilana Kloss
These sporty life partners are a tennis powerhouse. Billie Jean is a former #1 world tennis player, and has won 39 Grand Slam titles. Her partner, Ilana Kloss, is the commissioner of World TeamTennis, and is a former professional tennis player herself.
Maria Bello & Clare Munn
Bello and Munn have been together since 2013. Bello has starred in everything from A History of Violence toGrown Ups, Munn is the  CEO and founder of social impact media company The Communication Group and has raised of $25 million to start several successful technology marketing and branding companies.
Raven-Symoné & AzMarie Livingston

 

When¬†Raven-Symon√©¬†came out, thousands of¬†That‚Äôs So Raven¬†fans were devastated, claiming their childhoods had been ruined.¬†To be fair,¬†Symon√©¬†is notoriously neurotic about using certain identifiers(including “African American”) so she didn’t “come out” so much as tacitly admit to Oprah that she is dating a woman currently. Still, the reaction of her fanbase seem a little harsh —¬†It’s not like she went back and digitally re-rendered the footage to¬†change entire plot points.

None of that seems to bother Symoné, who is dating AzMarie Livingston, a ridiculously cool fashion model/America’s Next Top Model contestant.

 

Annie Clark & Cara Delevingne

It’s been a tumultuous few years for fans of love, but Annie Clark (AKA¬†musical genius St. Vincent) and actress/model/author Cara Delevigne seem to be making a go of it. In the June issue of¬†Vogue, Delevingne¬†said, “I think that being in love with my girlfriend is a big part of why I‚Äôm feeling so happy with who I am these days…”¬†

Unfortunately, the couple broke up in September 2016. Many believe that Clark’s song “New York” off¬†Masseduction¬†is about Delevigne, and fans of this glam couple can only hope they find their way back to each other.

Ellen Page & Emma Portner

Actress Ellen Page and her wife, dancer and choreographer Emma Portner, are the definition of a creative power couple. Page first discovered Portner on Instagram in 2017 and was instantly transfixed.

“I thought, damn, this girl is so talented and so cool. I knew right away we were both creative spirits,” Page told the¬†New York Times.

Page and Portner were married less than a year later on January 3, 2018, and the couple has collaborated on videos together, with Portner dancing and Page strumming her guitar. They say they are happiest when they are creating together.

Rachel Maddow & Susan Mikula
MSNBC Superstar¬†Rachel Maddow¬†and artist Susan Mikula met in 1999, when Maddow was hired to do yard work on Mikula‚Äôs Berkshires property.¬†They now live together in a pre-Civil War farmhouse in western Massachusetts. Livin’ the dream much?
Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore

We’re taking a trip back in time for this power couple. Claude and Marcel were together for more than 40 years from the early 1920s onwards and were pretty steadfast feminists and artists throughout that time. Claude‚Äôs photography explored concepts of sexuality and gender, including androgynous and butch identities, which was revolutionary for the time.

During the Second World War, they became anti-Nazi activists, and would dress in disguise to go to German military events and secretly distribute anti-Nazi flyers. Sadly, they were caught and arrested in 1944, and thought they were released, Claude died 10 years later. They were buried together in Jersey, United Kingdom and their legacy still lives on.

Suze Orman & Kathy Travis
After several years of dating, MSNBC’s¬†financial guru and her producer married in South Africa in 2010. Since then, they’ve continued producing television while building a mountain of money.
Cynthia Nixon & Christine Marinoni
Since finishing her run on¬†Sex and the City, Cynthia Nixon has stuck to acting in short form pieces of fried gold like¬†Alpha House¬†and¬†Hannibal,¬†while her wife,¬†Christine Marinoni,¬†has¬†¬†been working¬†¬†as a special adviser for community partnerships in the Department of Education in New York. If a politician marrying a hot actress isn’t the definition of a power couple, then what is?
Beth Ditto & Kristin Ogata
Ditto is not only the singer of powerhouse indie dance punk monster Gossip, she’s also an outspoken, body positive feminist who’s worked with MAC Cosmetics and Jean Paul Gaultier.. In 2013 she married Kristin Ogata,¬†once in Hawaii, and again in Portland, because who doesn’t like DOUBLE WEDDING PRESENTS?!
Stephanie Allynne & Tig Notaro
Notaro  and Allyne are both comedians and met on the set of the subtly hilarious In a World. Notaro is a groundbreaking comedian most known for her off the cuff set immediately following being diagnosed with breast cancer (she recovered after a double mastectomy) and Allyne is an up and comer on the scene. With these two together, Hollywood can only get funnier.
Heather Matarazzo & Caroline Murphy
You might remember Heather Matarazzo for her role as Lilly Moskovitz, the host of a talk show called¬†Shut Up and Listen, and Mia Thermopolis’s best friend in¬†¬†The Princess Diaries¬†(or, going all the way back to the early ’90s, from her childhood role in Todd Solondz’s¬†Welcome to the Dollhouse).¬†Her ex-girlriend, Caroline¬†Murphy, is a successful musician. The couple was engaged in 2008,¬†but amicably split up¬†in 2012.
Angelina Jolie & Jenny Shimizu
A “lesbisexual” power couple from the way back, these two met on the set of¬†Foxfire, and, as Jolie¬†¬†put it,¬†“I would probably have married Jenny if I hadn’t married my husband. I fell in love with her the first second I saw her.”¬†According to Shimizu, their relationship lasted many years and continued even while Jolie was romantically involved with other people, though it had ended by 2005.¬†
Rosie O’Donnell & Michelle Rounds
Rosie O’Donnell and her ex-wife, Michelle Rounds tied the knot in 2012. Rounds is a head hunter at an IT company in New York, and O’Donnell is a famous stand up comedian, television host, and actress. They filed for divorce in February 2015,¬†amidst rumors of a lawsuit.
Lindsay Lohan & Samantha Ronson
In the mid-2000s, Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson were starting to look like a pretty hot item. The famous actress and DJ were often spotted canoodling around Los Angeles until their toxic breakup in 2009. Though the romance has since been confirmed, Lindsay weirdly insists that¬†she isn’t bisexual. Ronson, for her part, describes herself not as lesbian, but as ”¬†an equal opportunity player.”
Brittney Griner & Glory Johnson
We were so sad when basketball superstars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson announced that they were getting a divorce only 28 days after their gorgeous wedding in 2015. Glory Johnson also confirmed her pregnancy with twins only a few days after Brittney spoke to ESPN about their impending marriage annulment.