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Five females in business we want to be when we grow-up

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AS THE British summer threatens to take us by surprise and stay put any day now, making it into the office might feel a bit more difficult.

With the ever-present #TuesdayMotivation posts from people who look like they're actually poolside instead of reposting from Rihanna's Instagram, we may as well turn our attention to some of our favourite real-life ladies who deserve the #GirlBoss hash tag for the real work they do; even if it is via a laptop on the beach:

Sharmadean Reid

Reid is the founder of WAH Nails, a London walk-in destination for all glam girls, which has grown into a nail art brand available in major High Street retailers.

Mona Scott-Young

Scott-Young is the brains behind the lucrative, if mind-numbing Love and Hip-Hop TV series as well as a key figure in many 90s and early noughties music careers, including those of Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes.

Louise Broni-Mensah

North London girl Broni-Mensah created Shoobs, the only website to serve black and urban promotors and party-goers. Taking her business model to the next level with a Silicon Valley funding round in between motivational speaking engagements, Broni-Mensah is one to watch.

Kimora Lee Simmons

Although married to another multi million dollar man, Kimora still holds onto the prestigious surname of her Hip-Hop and fashion mogul ex-husband Russell Simmons. Kimora made her name as the lady who turned around the once failing men's brand Phat Farm, which spawned the female equivalent Baby Phat. Before she racked-up column inches in her own right, Kimora was a teenaged high fashion muse; before capturing later life as a mum and boss on reality TV.

Yvonne Witter

This well-respected, no-nonsense business expert (an actual expert, by the way) was named Southwark Business Woman of the Year 2008 in recognition of her work as a business consultant specialising in start-ups and empowering female entrepreneurs. Published author Witter has travelled to the Caribbean, Africa and Asia to help diverse groups raise micro finance and build capacity.

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