When I grow up, I hope to be as fabulous as Iris Apfel!
This article has been going around the internets for several days now and I just love it! Warning: Curves Ahead nailed it. May we all be as fabulous as — or even more so — as the women featured. Here’s the rest of the piece. Go check out her awesome site, too!
Let’s celebrate us in all our quirky, wonderful and beautiful glory! Happy International Women’s Day. The images below are from a series of watercolors called “Women Defined” by a brilliant artist named Jay. I first saw Jay’s work while trawling the Internet, particularly from my godchild’s tumblog and a few others. And finally found the source, which I am linking here. Aren’t these images wonderful and empowering? And as she says in her blog, aren’t we awesome?
…heroines like Matilda and Mary Lennox remind us that you don’t need to be the loudest person in the room to be strong and interesting. Quiet strength is subtle and all too easily mistaken for meekness—and any female character who even appears timid or uncertain will inevitably face criticism for playing into antiquated gender stereotypes.”
— Lindsay Lowe, “Enough Feisty Princesses: Disney Needs an Introverted Heroine,” The Atlantic. Hear, hear! This is for the quiet gals in the room, the ones who don’t make waves, keep their mouths shut, but do their own thing anyway. They are as as strong, capable, and brave as their feisty and extroverted sisters. Happy International Women’s Day!
[image borrowed from the article]