Whether they’re gay, straight, or somewhere in between, power couples are intimidating. It’s 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’ve 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 “normal” couple is, but they’ve 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 – they’re not just couples, they’re the coolest celebrity lesbian (and bisexual) power couples, and don’t you forget it.
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi
The so-called First Ladies of Lesbianism, it’s 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
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.
Lily Tomlin & Jane Wagner
Chely Wright & Lauren Blitzer
Jillian Michaels & Heidi Rhoades
Jenna Wolfe & Stephanie Gosk
Virginia Woolf & Vita Sackville-West
Jane Lynch & Dr. Lara Embry
Sara Gilbert & Linda Perry
Billie Jean King & Ilana Kloss
Maria Bello & Clare Munn
Raven-Symoné & AzMarie Livingston
When Raven-Symoné came out, thousands of That’s So Raven fans were devastated, claiming their childhoods had been ruined. To be fair, Symoné 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’m 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
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’s 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.