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Ameerah Al-Taweel was just 18 when she met Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, one of the 30 richest men in the world, at an interview for her school paper. She became a princess when the two wed nine months later. But the story didn’t end there. “I didn’t want to be that girl who’s not doing anything,” she says. “I wanted to make an impact.”

Al-Taweel has worked with everyone from former President Bill Clinton to Jordan’s Queen Rania and the British royal family to advance the rights of women in the Middle East. Although she and the prince divorced last year, Al-Taweel continues to advocate for Saudi women’s rights, including the right to drive, inherit equally, and retain custody of children after divorce. “I want to be the one women look to when they tell their daughters, ‘Look, she got a divorce and see what she’s doing now? She’s an independent woman. She’s doing something good for her country. She’s a role model.’”

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