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She's A Character: Real and (Un)Real Role Models

In the media lately there’s so much about female empowerment. We’ve come so far but still have far to go. With an almost all female team at Jewel Toned, women who inspire always bring us to tears. Women who have achieved actual greatness are ever-present in the news lately. When Senator Barbara Mikulski introduced Hillary as our first female presidential candidate, we all felt a line drawn. From now on, it won’t be weird for a woman to run for president. If she can do that, she can do anything. Michelle Obama’s words are so strong, tactful and profound, it’s hard to deny her lasting presence she’s had on us this past week. To quote her, we will go high when others make a low blow. Though bombarded by countless selfies and matte lipstick in the media, it all feels immediately zapped away when touched by such integrity and equipoise. Barbara, Hillary and Michelle inspire us every day to forge ahead to a brighter future.

Of course we take most of our inspiration from afore mentioned women, but sometimes you can find little tidbits to cling onto in your leisure time. If you’re going to indulge in some downtime of binge watching, why not making it count. The Jewel Toned Team office is filled with waves of fluttering chatter about some strong women characters we’re glad exist in the media. Art imitates life, and it’s good to know writers are daring to explore the complexity of human relationship and perhaps we can even be inspired here and there.

 Quinn King, UnReal

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They always say it, if Quinn was a dude, no one would notice her demeanor. They would simply comment on how focused she is on work. Her relationship is real to many of those in the workplace. They develop closeness because they see each other more than their families. Jealousy, fear, paranoia, friendship and love are all things she feels for Rachel, her protégé. She’s smart, mean, quick, revered but she watches out after her own. Relationships can be very complex and this is one of the best representations of that I’ve seen. Quinn taught us to value loyalty above all else….and to be very, very afraid of reality TV! 

Joyce Byers, Stranger Things

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Winona Ryder coming back to her full glory is like winning the lottery on Christmas and having it delivered by David Beckham. She accurately demonstrates how we can experience many emotions at once. Sometimes when we fall apart, we really needed it so we could get ourselves back together. Joyce taught us to always, always go with our gut and to always believe in ourselves, even when no one else will.

 Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones

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Khaleesi, mother of dragons and the ultimate feminist illustrates unwavering courage. She bows down to no man and though she learns lessons, is the same women she was when her brother was antagonizing her some winters ago. She stands strong in who she is and knows the value of persistence. Her laser focus and relentless determination is fierce. She demands to be respected and then watches it become so. She turns suffering into drive and won’t stop until she gets what she wants or she’ll die trying. Daenerys taught us people treat us how we all them to do so. Give and demand respect and you shall receive respect in return. 

Selina Meyer, Veep

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Ok, so Selina doesn't exactly have her entire moral compass pointing north, but she is undeniably a strong woman. She doesn't understand the word "no" and blazed a trail. When push comes to shove, she does really care about her employees and her daughter....but not as much as she cares about work. She's unapologetic about putting work first and is true to herself and what she truly cares about. We all have different priorities and Selina's are making it to the top. Selina can teach us authenticity. 

Sofia Burset, Orange is the New Black

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Sofia Burset from OITNB is the beauty goddess of strong women. Empowered beyond belief, she was willing to go to prison to express her true self. She refused to accept cultural norms and demanded what she needed. Sofia, like a true Cosmo girl, got creative with the commissary supplies and created a beauty regimen for not only herself, but one that was envied by all the other inmates. There was a line for her makeover realness. She's class all the way and teaches us creativity and staying true to who you are. 

Share with us who has inspired you, real or (un)real. If we stay open minded and curious inspiration can come from anywhere.

Rachael McCrary
Rachael McCrary


Rachael is a fashion designer, life coach, Hindu philosopher and lingerie expert. She advises early stage companies on funding and branding and is committed to helping more women be comfortable in their own skin.

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