Holiday Heat : Women that inspire
I have always been inspired by strong, talented women who are not afraid to speak their mind and express themselves fearlessly through the arts. Actresses like Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore know how to keep their private lives private but somehow they have never fallen short of being able to bring their passion to the screen. Women like these are role models to younger generations, not just because of their talent, but mostly because they are fearless – openminded and true risk takers. The choose movies based on instinct, they like to work with people who will enrich their craft and they don’t worry about money, fame or awards. These are the people I have always looked up to artistically and personally: women that I find intriguing.
This year, there are some new women who have impressed with their talent, ideas, courage and passion. These are my top 3 inspiring women of the year.
1. CHELY WRIGHT
Chely has been the swan amongst the murky waters of country music – an artist who has chosen to defy the odds and inspire with her courage and openness after facing years and years of self-imposed oppression and shame. Wright is officially the first country singer to publicly and openly announce her sexuality and fight for the rights of homosexual women. I absolutely love the honestly that follows this girl, both in her book and in her interviews.She candidly talks about her struggle as a country singer to come out to her friends, family and fans, how she feared her career would come to an instant end and how religion affected her to the point of self-hatred and loathing. It was only when she found herself with a gun in her mouth that she decided to change her life around. Her story is pure and multi-faceted and I strongly suggest you pick up a copy of her book “Like me” and read its wonderful review written by Heather Hogan on AfterEllen.com
2. TINA FEY
How often is it that you find a woman on television that is beautiful, funny, cultured, smart AND talented. I mean, Fey has beaten the odds and has built her success though the creation of a hit show (30 Rock), multiple years on the popular TV series SNL (Saturday Night Live) and has lately sealed the deal by appearing in several movies on the big screen. Her intelligence is a force to be reckoned with and her wonderful sense of humour and improvisational talent are only the cherry on the cake. Only by watching scenes from the movie “Date Night” will you be able to appreciate the fine art of improvisation and great comedic timing – something which she shares and bring alive with the help of her co-star Steve Carell. A great Tina Fey interview to watch is in an older CuetheArtist article entitled “Comedy Special”. I am definitely in awe of this woman as an artist but also admire the fact that she has been able to achieve so much, and such quality work by such a young age while simultaneously having a family. If only we could all put our talents to good use and be as proactive as she has been…
3. LADY GAGA
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta has been an unstoppable force this past year. She has been artistically compared to the like of Madonna and her popularity to that of the Beatles. I guess what really turns me on about this woman and that she works really really hard and that she is dedicated and passionate. I have to admit that her dedication and artistry is sometimes over the top but more artists than ever before have admitted her undeniable talent and claim to have been greatly influenced by her. The driving force behind “Haus of Gaga” as she calls herself and her posse definitely comes from the woman herself. Call it a drive to be famous, known, accepted, successful – my impression is that she simply wants to work – the only difference between her and other artists is the fact that she wants to be different and she wants to be unique. My fear is that she will one day drive herself into the ground through exhaustion but that there would have been a fire, not a flame, ablaze the industry for the time she was around to pave new paths for future music generations to come.