Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Bohemian 12: Women Who Inspire Us

Zadie Smith by Beowulf Sheehan
As mother day approaches, it has gotten me thinking about the broader, inspirational power women have over other women.
I think this may even be the basis that defines the gender-centric magazine world: you'd  never see a man's magazine filled with just men (without the scantily-clad women) unless it's a finance magazine or some other publication advertising itself as "for everyone, really." But women's magazines are all about using images of other women to show us what I call "the women's catalog of lives," that visual window into what our life could be like. I, for instance, have built entire life-makeovers on a photo of some Sylvia Plath-like girl staring dreamily at the city from her perch on a fire escape filled with potted plants.

And so I thought I'd share my own catalog of women's lives with you. These are the twelve women inspiring me these days. They are not perfect by any means, but I think you'll agree there's something amazing about each one of them.  

Isabel Toledo. Photo by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

I love her dresses, but I also love how much fun she seems to be having as she goes about being tremendously successful as a fashion designer. Cuban-born Isabel Toledo definitely has what I admire most: a balanced life making money doing what she loves, and a wonderful, long-lasting marriage. 

Chloe Sevigny: Ugly-Beautiful, and Always Chic
Chloe Sevigny She's bohemian, stylish, and a fantastic actress. I love that she's not traditionally beautiful, but is nontraditionally sexy and strong. A woman who knows herself.

The Anonymous Girl in the Magazine... 

Actress Cate Blanchett: That skill. That skin!

Marisa Berenson: Forever Beautiful

Cathy Guisewite: Every Woman, Flaws and All, And My 1st Feminist

Betsy Johnson: Life is for Playing!
Kate Moss: The Lost Child in All of us

Velma: The Smart Girl without Airs

French Dancer Silvie Guillem: I want to laugh like that! She is so alive, so strong.
Sylvie Guillem, photographed by her husband, Gilles Tapie.

Sofia Coppola: Independent,  Insightful, and Brilliant. Oh, yes, and she has an Oscar.

Then there's writer Zadie Smith. She makes her living writing. She writes amazing, funny-sad, multi-layered stories full of long-lasting insight and beauty. And as you can see in this picture, she is lit from within.

Who inspires you? Please share your female heroes with me, whether they are mothers in this lifetime or not, we are all as creative as Mother Earth, and do our share of mothering for the world around us.


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