21. Brandi Carlile
Born June 1, 1981, the singer-songwriter performed as a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator at the age of 16 and goes back on tour (without “Elvis”) again in May. Her songs can be heard in commercials and television shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) and she is known for her extensive charitable work on behalf of people with diabetes, women and the environment.
20. Jasika Nicole
The illustrator and Fringe star hails from Birmingham, Alabama and has created her own graphic novel series, High Yella Magic. She’s also currently working on The Letter Q, “a compilation of all kinds of things — writing and prose and poems and artwork that are dedicated to people kind of describing what they would do if they could speak to their younger selves.”
19. Anna Paquin
Born July 24, 1982, the Academy Award winner stars in the critically acclaimed HBO series True Blood and came out as bisexual in a public service announcement for the Give a Damn campaign in April 2010.