Understanding the Virgo
First off, what does Virgo mean? Virgo is the sixth sign in the Zodiac and is represented by the maiden or virgin. Based on the tropical zodiac, those who are born between August 23 and September 22 are Virgos and carry some traits associated with the sign – practical, systematic, goal-oriented, attentive, and communicative.
Notable astrologer Susan Miller says that Virgos have “fine-tuned their organisational skills to a high art” and that, for many, “good enough is never good enough”. “Friends say you can’t attain perfection, but in your continual attention to detail, you stun them by often reaching it, and you rise to stardom as a result”.
Virgos are highly organised and calm under pressure – the people you’ll want to survive the apocalypse or be stranded on a desert island with. Their attentive and reliable nature makes them good friends, partners, and parents, and even better leaders!
Is There A Downside To Being A Virgo?
Yes, being a Virgo isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. Nylon calls Virgo the “control freak, creative genius” of the zodiac signs. And while “control freak” might sound a bit too harsh, Virgos have a rap for going too far to achieve perfection. Some Virgos are so meticulous because they feel unworthy if they don’t live up to the high standards they place for themselves.
Because of this, Virgos can be messy too, and their constant need to be in control can lead them on a downward spiral. As Nylon puts it, “the hardest part of being a Virgo, probably, is knowing that you have so much potential; it's the heavy burden of self-awareness”. Some Virgo celebrities that embody this attitude include Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse.
7 Highly Successful Celebs That Are Virgos
7. Padma Lakshmi
The Indian-American author, actress, and TV host was born on September 1, 1970, in Chennai, India. As an actress, her early work includes the 1998 Italian TV series Il Figlio di Sandokan, the 2001 Hollywood film Glitter, and the 2003 Bollywood film Boom. As a TV personality, she’s been a host and judge on the reality cooking show Top Chef since 2006.
It was on Top Chef that the world got to see her at her Virgo-est. As Refinery29 puts it, her “ability to deliver the harshest critiques on Top Chef without ever sounding less than pleasant...is the most Virgo thing about her”.
6. Niall Horan
Niall was born on Sept. 13, 1993, in Mullingar, Ireland. As 1/4th of one of the biggest boy bands in history, One Direction, fans loved Niall for his cheeky personality, down-to-earth nature, and endless gratitude and love for 1D stans.
Celebrities with Virgo signs will often call themselves “perfectionists”, and Niall is no exception, He once said that he didn’t let his parents visit his LA home until he was done refurbishing it. “It's a perfectionist thing. Until it's perfect I don't want anyone coming near it”, he said.
Another very Virgo thing about him? He spent his 26th birthday raising awareness for the damages caused by the Amazon Fires and Hurricane Dorian. Talk about a man with a heart of gold!
Born Sept. 1, 1996, Zendaya is the youngest Virgo on our list. But don’t take her for granted. She’s already established herself as one of Hollywood’s most eminent female personalities under the age of 25, having appeared in blockbusters like Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Greatest Showman, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. She also starred in the hit TV show Euphoria.
In her 73 questions interview with Vogue, she described herself as an introvert and a “control freak” – putting to bed any doubts she’s a Virgo! She also says she’s a diehard fan of fellow-Virgo Beyonce.
4. Idris Elba
Male Virgos are said to be sensitive guys with admirable work ethic, attention to detail, and a sensual and caring side. Now, that sounds a lot like British multi-hyphenate Idris Elba. The actor, singer, producer, writer, and DJ was born on Sept. 6, 1972, in Hackney, London, and is a certified Virgo.
As DJ Big Driis, Idris released a Spotify playlist of his top sexiest songs, which included some Marvin Gaye, Angie Stone, James Brown, Alicia Keys, Al Green, and Bob Marley. Billboard called Idris’ musical taste “sensual, ardent and deliciously indulgent” – other key traits of male Virgos.
3. Keanu Reeves
As one of the most sensitive and brooding actors in Hollywood, most people would probably guess that Keanu was a Pisces or Scorpio. But Keanu was born on Sept. 2, 1964! Though his public persona might throw you off, what he does in his spare time might give you a better glimpse of his Virgo side. In a video, Keanu explained that he likes tasks and puzzles and that he enjoys “trying to get good at something”.
2. Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler was born on Sept. 16, 1971, in Newton, Massachusetts. In college, she spent a lot of time honing her craft as a comic and performer. Her Virgo-like hard work and dedication paid off, as she’s now one of the most well-known comedic actresses today.
In her memoir, Yes, Please, Amy often talks about her intense work ethic. But you don’t even need to read her book to know just how hard she works – just look at all the great shows she’s produced with her production company, Paper Kite. Broad City, Difficult People, Making It, I Feel Bad, and Russian Doll were all produced by Amy!
And much like her Parks and Rec character Leslie Knope, Amy is enthusiastic about helping others and making a difference. She co-founded the organisation Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, which is “dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves”.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born on Sept. 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas.
She’s the most nominated woman in Grammy history! And this isn’t the result of pure luck. Beyoncé was described by Refinery29 as “the standard-bearer for Virgo excellence” for her “rigorous schedule, attention to detail in her performances and videos, and the value she places in crafting a #Flawless public image”.
Perhaps the best example of Beyoncé at her Virgo-est was when she continued singing despite getting her hair caught in a fan in the middle of a concert!