Why We Must Have Strong Women: My Current Girl Crushes - Robyn Cruze
I have been known to have girl crushes throughout my life, though this is rare.
But when I do, it’s usually because these women are using their voice to empower other women. There is something so beautiful, to me, when I see women encouraging sisterhood in each other.
Sisterhood is about being there for other women, as opposed to comparing, fighting and belittling our sisters. Sadly, we’ve all done this. I have!
Due to fear, feeling threatened, or feeling that we are not enough, we judge. Maybe we all do this because we are judging ourselves.
I confess, I don’t know any of these women personally (haha, duh). My point is, I’m just going on what we all see in the media — and I like what I see.
My latest crushes are on the following female celebrities that embrace themselves and, therefore, call on us to do the same.
She is rocking it in Jane the Virgin! But what makes her smoking hot is her desire to empower women and her exciting perspective on beauty. She gives me goosebumps. On Huff Live, she said: “Beauty was very much on my mind. I had a father that would -- we would look up at billboards, and he would say, 'That's one version of beauty. You're another version of beauty. And she's a version of beauty. And that girl? She's another version of beauty.' "He [Dad] always said that beauty came from within, and as much as you're younger, and you're [sarcastically] like, 'Yeah, beauty comes from within' -- no, beauty does come from within. I've met some of the most beautiful people, and sadly their heart is just not smiling, and that destroys it all.”
Whether we agree with what she says and does, or not, her desire to put beauty in context for women — and especially for her daughters — encourages us to embrace who we are and have it trickle down to our children (if we have them). She wears her own definition of beauty and allows the world to bask in it. Woohoo Amy, I love you!
Okay, I think Helen Mirren is a brilliant artist, and that could not make her more stunning. But to top it off, she has absolutely no interest in not being transparent about her image. When she became the face of L’Oreal at sixty-eight, she refused to have her photos touched up. Seriously, I want to be like Helen Mirren when I grow up.
Let's all work to empower others
I unequivocally believe that we need no justification about a desire for beauty. However, we need to be educated on how to broaden our definition of beauty and put it in its rightful place, since beauty is just one tiny part of the big puzzle of who we are.
The women listed above are doing just that, and are also empowering other women to be part of the sisterhood! Thank you, ladies!
P.S. Gina Rodriguez, Amy Poehler and Helen Mirren: if you ever want to have a cup of tea with me to discuss body image, give me a call. ;)
Robyn Cruze, MA is the National Recovery Advocate and online community manager for Eating Recovery Center.
sources for pictures:
Gina Rodriguez source: Huffingtonpost
Amy Poehler source: Allure
Dame Helen Mirren source: High50