From Rags To Riches: The Inspiring Narrative of Oprah Winfrey

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By: Catherine Watts

On the past years when white male dominated the news, acting, hosting and the performing arts industry, Oprah Winfrey, a proud Black woman, proved her power by rising up from what’s supposed to be her limitations. Through the years, this influential star is rising continuously to break the skepticism and discrimination against the Black people. Considered as the richest American African all over the world, Oprah, along with her background story, proved that being in the rock-bottom can force someone to work her way up to the top.


On January 1958, a baby girl of Vernita Lee (a housemaid) was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Due to financial restrictions of her own family, she was forced to live with her grandmother in the poor suburbs of their town. Also, owing to their extreme poverty, it is reported that Oprah was actually seen wearing dresses that are made from the sack of potatoes. At the age of six, she moved back to the house where her separated mother lived. When she was nine, as she later stated on her show, she experienced being molested by her uncle, her cousin and a family friend. This continued for years until she ran away from home at the age of 13. Yet, her hardships don’t stop here.

Start of Success

When she was 14, Oprah became pregnant but her premature-born son died during the stage of infancy. After this heartbreaking loss, she then decided to live with his father in Tennessee. This is the part when her life took an interesting turning point on the performing arts. Oprah started to take her studies seriously which paid off by making her a student with honors. She then began establishing a name for herself when she was recognized as East Nashville High School’s “Most Popular Student” and when she won numerous awards in speech contests. This gave her the chance to attain a scholarship for studying at Tennessee State University.

The initial stages of her stardom started when she has been accepted for a co-anchor job in a local Radio Station when she was 19. On the year 1984, she began hosting for an early morning show “AM Chicago” which is soon renamed as “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. Who would have thought that a poverty-stricken girl would turn into the most iconic and most influential woman of the century?

Pushing the Barricades of Limitations

Oprah might be well-known for her hosting career but this promising woman is also an actress, a media executive, a television producer, and a philanthropist. She shares her success with other people by founding a charity named “Oprah’s Angel Network”. Also, this charity donated $10 million for the welfare procedure of Hurricane Katrina. This and her other huge contributions to the humanity made Oprah the 32nd most philanthropist person in the world according to the statistics.

Thus, no matter how difficult life may seem, it depends on you whether you want to use your situation as a disadvantage or an advantage. As a result, Oprah maximizes her obstacles and use them as an inspiration to work hard and be successful. As to your own situation, it depends on you whether you want to adopt this strong attitude or not.

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Catherine WattsFrom Rags To Riches: The Inspiring Narrative of Oprah Winfrey