Monday, 6 December 2010

Screen Queens - Girl Heroes?

From the movies I used to watch, where the heroine's always skinny and perfect,with the fat best friend, the dream guy, the ridiculous odds, the happy ending etc I learnt one lesson. And no, it wasn't in order to achieve you have to starve yourself, there's a lot to be desired there in terms of positive body image and realistic role models in our weight obsessed society; it was this - you can get what you want when you work out what it really is that you want.
Even somewhat trashy films like Bring It On or Center Stage have girls who work this out. Stick It and 10 Things I Hate About You have somewhat feistier heroines, but they do what they have to without compromising themselves, and that's even better. You shouldn't have to change who you are to find the guy of your dreams or win something or achieve in your field. You can do all of that and still be you. This applies to my life, and it probably applies to yours too.
Be who you are, and not let anyone tell you otherwise. So whether you're the perfect movie princess, the fat (or just slightly less perfect) best friend, the handsome prince who's also looking for Mr Right (although there's another concept I don't agree with, but that's another post) or just someone trying to find their path in life, remember to stay true to yourself and what's in your heart and you'll get there. It won't always be easy but if you trust yourself and those around you, you'll be fine. Better than fine. You'll be whoever, and whatever you want to be. Promise.

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