Une Femme Firsts: Mariska Hargitay

Anyone who has spent any time in front of the television will recognize Mariska Hargitay, who stars as Olivia Benson on the smash hit series Law & Order, which has been airing consecutively since 1999. She has earned many accolades for this work, 

including a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Apart fromf acting, Hargitay founded the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization that provides support to people who have been sexually abused.

"Life has so much more meaning now. To me, the definition of sexy, at any age, is strength and confidence,” Hargitay once said. She was the first person from the franchise to receive award nominations and win. Hargitay has been vocal about her path as a so-called "late bloomer" — though she is now a household name, she didn't become famous or start working on Law & Order until her forties. Now, she's the highest paid actress on television, reportedly earning $400,000 per episode.

Hargitay has also been vocal about her experiences as a sexual abuse survivor, which is now the cornerstone of her foundation work. For being comfortable in her own skin at every age, standing confidently in her own truth, and for breaking the mold of what it means to be a television actress, Une Femme salues Mariska Hargitay for shattering glass ceilings on the small screen.