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Who Is The Ultimate Woman?

-Marissa Tomko

Don’t lie to me—I know you all saw Beyoncé’s half-time performance at the Superbowl last month. Like many people, I found it to be electrifying, and have viewed it plenty of times since I watched it live. One thing that defines Beyoncé as an artist is her confidence. While it may border on egotism, I have never questioned it. So what if she is fully aware of the power she holds—it’s obviously working for her. In my opinion, Beyoncé is the ultimate woman and I worship at her feet. But her performance got me thinking—should I be doing that?

If you asked my girlfriends who they aspire to be like, you would definitely find evidence of their role models in their appearance. My New Girl-loving friend recently got the now-iconic Zooey Deschanel blunt banged haircut; my friend who has been a committed Britney Spears fan since she was 10 years old wears Brit’s standard fedora hat at least twice a week; Another friend tries to put together Rachel Bilson’s outfits daily. And me? You can usually find me lunging across my living room asking my roommates if my backside resembles my idol’s yet.

Role models are tricky because there is a definite line between aspiring to be like somebody and wishing that you were them. While I was watching Queen B perform, all I could think was “I would give anything to be her,” and it was true. In that moment, I would have sold my soul to have her body, her gorgeous curls, and her powerful presence; she embodies everything that I have ever wanted to portray as a woman. In that moment, I resented myself.

In the past few years, there have been so many different kinds of women for society to obsess over. As far as the variety goes, I love it. There’s the eccentric Lady Gaga and the free-spirited Jessa from HBO’s Girls. I even give reality star Khloé Kardashian some credit for her ability to speak her mind and take a stand. However, in my deep admiration for these unique women, I often forget that I am a person, too. In our quest to better ourselves, even the most confident of girls can confuse admiration with direct imitation.

Just because I will never wow the entire world while clad in leather at America’s favorite sporting event does not mean I will not make an impact. I can portray power and confidence in a different way, in a way that comes naturally to me. I know, I know—it sounds cheesy, but it’s true.

Yes, it’s okay to steal fashion tips from the women you admire. It’s even okay to wish that you were a little more outspoken. But it’s also important to remember to apply the traits that you admire about others to yourself. With feminism and women’s issues being such hot topics as of late, we all deserve to have a voice—our own voice—in this crazy world.

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On Trend: Red Carpet Review – The Golden Globes

On Trend is a fashion column dedicated to street style, celebrity fashion, and current trends. I will be giving my opinion on all things fashion-related, as well as sharing my tips and tricks to keeping on trend.

-Rache’ll Brown

Sunday, January 13th, the 2013 Award Show season (or, as I like to call it, Red Carpet season) kicked off with the 70th annual Golden Globes. The show, which awarded the best in film and television from 2012, offered an array of fashion that both disappointed and impressed me.

First of all, I’ll start by saying I never really watch the show itself – I couldn’t care less which movies and television shows are considered the best because to me all that matters is the clothes. Every year many celebrities inspire and offend me, and this year two lovely women knocked it out of the park. Emily Blunt’s gold Michael Kors dress (top left) was sleek, well-fitted, and detailed perfectly. The accessories complimented it just right, and her up-do was a great choice (John Krasinski is a lucky man!) And Kate Hudson . . . wow. Her Alexander McQueen gown (top right) was to die for. She looked absolutely amazing, and I am obsessed with the pairing of black and gold (apparently many stars are too! Nicole Kidman, among several others, also rocked the classy color combo.)

The worst-dressed of the night was also a tie because I couldn’t decide if I hated Halle Berry’s or Jessica Chastain’s (Zero Dark Thirty) dress more. These two really need to start dressing their age! Berry wore a bright, outrageous skin-bearing Artilier Versace dress (bottom left) that looked cheap and childish, while Chastain might as well have saved her money and wore a drape instead of Calvin Klein (bottom right). And the hair? Just stop. Nothing irritates me more than when stars spend thousands of dollars on a couture dress, but just slick back their hair or put it in a ponytail. Take this loss into consideration ladies, and step it up for the next show.

 

Now, on to the trends. For textiles, there was a lot of satin, and I hated it. To me, the sheen of satin makes a dress look cheap, not high-end (but this can be an exception – Zooey Deschanel looked amazing in her satin Oscar de la Renta).  As for the shapes – strapless, sweetheart necklines, and mermaid cuts – I thought they were perfect. Personally, I love the sleek look, which Hayden Panettiere, Amy Adams, and Megan Fox wore well. However, my favorite trend of the night was one of the prominent dress colors. Jennifer Lawerence, Zooey Deschanel, and Claire Danes wowed me with their bright red-orange hues! Although this look isn’t exactly seasonal, I hope the trend sticks because it is fabulous. Overall, the Golden Globes started off the Red Carpet season with some hits and misses, and I’m excited to see what the rest of the award shows bring!

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