"A really strong woman accepts the war she went through and is ennobled by her scars." - Carly Simon
Yeah, you read that headline correctly. Hollywood CAN learn a thing or two from the Miss USA organization. Before I dive head-long into this, let me say congrats to our new Miss USA Deshauna Barber. The 26-year old Army Officer from the District of Columbia is the first member of the military to win the contest. And during the pageant, she told the judges that women are, "just as tough as men." I agree 100%. Now wouldn't it be nice of our entertainment programs equally reflected that?
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.” - Margaret Thatcher
And, if you haven't seen "The Iron Lady," you're missing Meryl Streep's amazing and powerful performance of Thatcher. See.. that's what I'm talking about. Strong women carrying projects... successful projects! They don't have to be relegated to supporting rolls, busty slasher victims, or rom-coms. Don't believe me, just do a quick internet search on the backlash against Star Wars when there was no Rey action figure to be found. And rightfully so! I mean, Rey was the focus of "The Force Awakens," yet Kylo Ren, Finn, Poe and hell even Chewbacca (and that hilarious Wookie-sounding mask) got more attention when the toys hit store shelves.
"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” - Katharine Helpburn
Let's get back to strong and SEXY military women for a second. And, yes Virginia, they do exist. In addtion to Miss Barber... I encourage you to check out Charissa Littlejohn and Shannon Ihrke. They are both stunning - and both veterans. And they're not alone in the brains, beauty and brawn department. Did you know: Bea Arhtur served in the Marine Women's Reserve? Or that THE Julia Child worked for the Office of Strategic Services (the precursor to the CIA) during World War Two? It's true. So, Hollywood, I hope you watched the Miss USA pageant because you could learn a thing or two from it. - MO