UK Cypriot Tracey Emin included in a list of the 50 most influential women in the Independent to coincide with International Women’s Day.

For a second year running, The Independent has compiled a list of the 50 most influential women from a variety of worlds spanning the arts, politics, business, sports, television, media, and activism

Powerful women who make things happen, change the conversation and get what they want are being heralded in The Independent’s 2024 Influence List, to coincide with International Women’s Day.

Whether their strength lies in their ability to overhaul policies and laws, excel at sport, or appeal to their dedicated legion of fans, the common denominator bringing these women together is their ability to affect the world in one way or another.

25. Tracey Emin

For decades, Emin has been the daring, mischievous hand that has drawn people into an art world that sometimes feels intimidating

For decades, Emin has been the daring, mischievous hand that has drawn people into an art world that sometimes feels intimidating
It felt only right that when the National Portrait Gallery reopened last year, following a £41.3 million refurbishment, its brand new bronze doors were covered with etchings by Tracey Emin. Emblazoned with the faces of 45 women, Emin’s work was a proud riposte to the gallery’s male-heavy history. It was also, for visitors, a welcome to a more inclusive age – just as, for decades, Emin has been the daring, mischievous hand that has drawn people into an art world that sometimes feels intimidating. Alongside her continued practice of tender, intimate paintings of the female body, Emin continues to live boldly, swimming in the sea of her beloved Margate, refusing to be held back by the stoma she had fitted after being diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Tracey Emin was awarded a CBE in the New Year honours list 2012.

Tracy was born in Croydon to a English mother and Turkish Cypriot father and brought up in Margate.

The artist has been best known for eye-opening works including Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995, the tent embroidered with names that was destroyed in a warehouse fire in 2004, and My Bed, an installation of her unmade dirty bed including objects such as used condoms, discarded tampon applicators and blood-spotted underwear.