I’m a firm believer that a big part of who you are comes from the people you admire. Whether that be an actress, musician, activist… or just somebody who’s voice and stance in the world has an impact on you. There are 6 women who have particularly inspired me, whether it be way they dress, the way they handle themselves, or the way they talk about things they are passionate about.
“I ask that you support me, support my sister, support my mother, support my best friend and all of our girlfriends, support the men and women here today that are anxiously awaiting to see how your next move may drastically affect their lives.”
Scarlett, Scarjo aka perfect angel has been a huge role model for me since I first read an article about her stance on relationships in Elle in 2012. I had loved her before then from films such as He’s Just Not That In To You and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but I did’t truly know how feminist and independent she was until then. Scar is pretty much the boss of the A-list industry; she’s talented, the worlds sexiest women, and also notoriously lovely to work with. She has taught me that women absolutely should be their own Black Widow, they should be strong, self-empowering, and unafraid to speak their mind.
“It’s like all my life everyone’s told me, “You’re a shoe! You’re a shoe! You’re a shoe!” Well, what if I don’t want to be a shoe? What if I wanna be a purse or a hat? No I don’t want you to buy me a hat, I’m saying I am a hat. It’s a metaphor Daddy!”
I was born in 1995, so I didn’t really watch Friends until it had already been on air for nearly 15 years. Back in the days when Friends used to be repeated on E4 all evening, I would look forward to getting home from school eating my dinner in front of Friends. Even though anybody who knows me would say I’m a Monica all day long, Rachel is the character I have always related to the most because of her development from a spoilt bratty girl into a strong and sassy woman. Rachel begins as a little bit aimless and unsure in her choice of men and career, but as soon as she has to grow up and find a real job and fulfilling relationship, she blossoms into a wonderful person, and I’m grateful I had her to watch for outfit ideas as well as how to grow as a human.
Here’s me at Friend Fest channeling my inner Rachel Green, thinking about my large cankles.
“Make all your decisions based on how hilarious it would be if you did it.”
Aubrey Plaza is one of those people that I imagine I probably wouldn’t get on with in real life because we’d be so similar that our entire relationship would be built on sarcasm and hate. Aubrey always strikes me as somebody who accidentally became famous, and never really sought fame, and I think that shows in how effortless she is as an actress, especially in Parks and Rec. Aubrey has made me realise that, actually, I don’t have to be happy and friendly and polite all of the time if I don’t feel like it. If somebody is irritating or rude (especially children and the elderly), they deserve to know they are those things. If somebody thinks I’m weird (which is often), I may as well show them just how weird I can be, because why half-ass it?
“I inherited that air of adulthood, where you just feel smart because people are talking to you like you’re a real person. It made me adaptable. I carried that over into my teens when I became a cocky, annoying, confident teenager who was too sexy and too smart for her own good.”
Jemima Kirke seems like a stone-cold bitch with a secret soft spot centered in her children, and I dig that. When I first saw her appear as Jessa in Girls, I was besotted with her character because she was beautiful, blunt, and completely herself in every way. In reality, I’m sure Kirke is lot less of a promiscuous, careless badass, but regardless I think she is wonderful both in the way she carries herself, and the way she has no shame in voicing the options we should all be shouting.
“I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.”
It’s a tad self-indulgent that I only found out who Brigitte Bardot was in 2013, when two different people told me I was the spitting image of her (thank you random drunk men in bars trying to flirt with me). Brigitte Bardot is an icon to me, not only because of her sense of style and the way she defines fashion for the 60s, 70s and 80s, but also because of her ethos in life. She was fully aware of what she was when she was young and beautiful, but unlike many stars of her generation, she avoided plastic surgery and instead accepted ageing as the natural occurrence that comes for us all. She is classy AF, cheeky, ridiculously sexy, and a huge animal lover (which everyone should be).
“I am going to Europe, Richard. I’m going to Europe and I’m going to have a marvelous time! I’m going to get up at 10 and have two glasses of wine at lunch every single day!”
It’s pretty controversial to tell tell any Gilmore Girls fan that Emily is your favourite character, but there it is. Emily Gilmore is the best thing about Gilmore Girls, and Kelly Bishop is an absolute boss for creating such an iconic and many-layered character. Emily is a manipulative, fussy, and overbearing mother… but what mother isn’t? She is blunt as hell, a one-liner genius, and knows exactly who she is and what she wants in love. Emily is my absolutely goals for when I’m older and hopefully have an entire staff I can terrify and control (kidding, kinda).