Putting the She Back in Chic
Not only is there a new sharing economy brewing that doesn’t worship the me at the expense of the we, there is a new definition of woman cooking that no longer requires us to put he over she.
The seed of female royalty and strong, determined femininity that Katherine Hepburn and Meryl Streep planted in African Queen and Out of Africa, is coming to fruition in new and powerful ways today.
We most palpably see this in the arrival of Lena Dunham, who appeared on the cover of Vogue, not as the next ravishing and under nourished beauty, but as “the voice of a generation” thus letting us know that the new haute couture is between our ears. The new vision of ideal womanhood is less Kardashian than Kerouac.
The arrival of Lena Dunham has ushered in a new idea of what girls should aspire to and become, redefining the Carly Fiorinas and Meg Whitman vision of success in a male world as masculine and polarizing. Now femininity, vulnerability, and yes, even being a little plump is powerful.
As we approach a 2016 Presidential election that for the first time in history favors a female candidate to win, Hollywood is taking note and shining its spotlight on celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, not for their beauty but for their artistry, and not for how they look on the outside, but for how they think and feel on the inside.
Today’s woman is thoughtful, artistic, resourceful, independent, and ready, willing, and able to contribute and compete on an equal level with anyone else in the House of We, regardless of her size.
Today, being a woman is not about allowing yourself to be sublimated, but enabling yourself to be sublime.