Love Notes #003 | Femme Fatale

12/03/2018


Unlike people who can easily appoint their role models, I never really thought about mine. A part of me thinks it's because I am too much of an individualist who don't care about being influenced by other characters — though I'm not sure that being an individualist guarantees any of these things. When I think about it, we aspire to be like someone else, one way or another and that's where I start thinking about role models. 


8th of March marks the International Women's Day, a commemoration I did not know existed before fetching news on social media became a thing. Similarly, I've been addicted to instagram story templates (as seen from my story highlights) where you fill in the blanks, sort of like a quick get to know me Q&A kind of a thing. One of them, courtesy of @thesundaychapter, was one to have sparked the idea for this post.


Blair Waldorf, dangerous Queen Bee


Who doesn't know Blair Waldorf? People who don't watch Gossip Girl, probably. But get this, she is the elite, Manhattan upper east side version of Regina George but way more classy, fiercer and wildly independent. Regina George is a mean girl (as suggested by the title of the movie starring Lindsay Lohan before she lost her mind on drugs and everything 'nice') and a hilarious amusement but Blair? She is an intelligent femme fatale girl boss who knows what she wants, goes after it and will never back down from a fight. She is the inspiration behind my sass, wit and overall independence. Sure, she may be bitchy and manipulative but that's why she doesn't let anyone mess with her. After all, she is a Waldorf. Bonus point for her preppy, classy fashion choice and love for Audrey Hepburn.


Ginny Weasley, the youngest and the first female to be born in the family


The world agrees that Hermione Granger is badass and I agree. But there's one character who is always forgotten — Ginevra Molly Weasley, a badass witch slash sister who is very good at Bat-Boogey Hex. So why is Ginny so underrated!? I get it, the film franchise did not do justice to her character. No hate on Bonnie Wright, the actress who portrayed her (because I think she was sorta cute) but really, I just cannot shake off the bad writing — it makes non-Potterheads who never read the book to think that Ginny is just....there for nothing. Which is untrue. The youngest Weasley is a savage, talented young witch who stole her brothers' brooms to practice Quidditch at night and went on to be a professional player in the future. She is brave, got a whole bucket of nerves and was never a damsel in distress when Harry decided to leave for a Horcrux hunt. She defended the younger students and took a beating with Neville and Luna when the Golden Trio left Hogwarts. Instead of telling Harry not to leave, she actually understood him that he needed to leave. I can go on and on about how awesome and underrated Ginny Weasley is but you can always read articles like this that highlight her awesomeness.


Emma Stone, ray of sunshine


Ask me who my male celeb crush is and I'm probably going to take days or weeks trying to come up a name. Ask me who my female celeb crush is and I'll tell you like that that it's Emma Stone. You know those metaphorical, poetic sayings when someone describes a person as a 'ray of sunshine?' That's what Emma Stone is to me. She is authentic, confident and brilliantly funny. When it comes to Hollywood stars, it's difficult to find actors who can make you feel like they are just as mundane as the rest of us , like they are not some kind of untouchable force from another galaxy. Emma Stone, however, is a rare gem I would say. Other than her sunshine personality (and of course, talented acting skills), she's all about self-love and treating yourself to cupcakes if you want to — “You're a human being, you live once and life is wonderful, so eat the damn red velvet cupcake.” 

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Emma Watson, a confident fearless real life Hermione Granger


It's basically impossible not to name Emma Watson as a role model especially when you grew up with Harry Potter. I don't think there's a need to explain why Emma Watson should be everyone's role model but just in case you've been living under the rock, here are some highlights: she loves books and cares about social welfare, strongly believes in feminism and gender equality (check out her #HeforShe campaign), pays attention to the importance of education and is overall a fearless, selfless and generous human being. It's enough to say that both Emmas I look up to are just too amazing for words. They are definitely the kind of role models kids these days should look up to, not the Kardashians or Jenners.


Cheryl Blossom, spicy confidence with a boost of red lips


I think it's pretty obvious that I'm attracted to confident, intelligent and fierce Queen Bee characters who know how to put on a good fight and let the world hears it when they roar. Cheryl Blossom is definitely a character that travels along the line of Blair Waldorf, although she doesn't blackmail as much as Blair does. Still, both of them taught me that 'if you cannot make people love you, make them fear you' and make sure you don't let them mess with you, ever. Girls like Cheryl and Blair may not be the most angelic individuals you'd come across but beneath that spicy, seemingly-evil exterior lies an individual who just wants to be, well, strong and girls like them know how hard it is to be strong. Bonus points that girls like Cheryl and Blair are damn sassy and I live for sass.



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