While the overwhelming majority of American women take their spouse’s last name upon marriage, most female celebrities do not. This is mostly for professional reasons because a name change could potentially hurt someone’s career after they’ve already established themselves in the entertainment industry.
I understand both sides of the argument for whether or not a woman should take her spouse’s last name. On one hand, it’s traditional and a sign of respect for your spouse. On the other hand, it’s a free country and if a woman wants to keep her last name, then she has every right to do so. Here are 10 celebrity women who took the more traditional route and changed their last names:
Jessica Biel will now be known as Jessica Timberlake after her marriage to Justin Timberlake. “I think I really won the jackpot of names,” she said. “It’s hard to find that one person in the world. Once you find that person, go for it. That kind of commitment is very special.”
Check out the gallery below to see more female celebrities who took their spouse’s last name!
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