Rave: Female Role Models

From what we understand, Valentine’s Day is the leading cause of vision boards and Alanis Morissette during the month of February. It can be a nice opportunity to plan a date night, or ladies night but let’s be real: most of the time it is overhyped, cliché, and regardless of marital status, can make you feel depressed and disappointed. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. You don’t need to nurse your post Valentine’s Day feelings-hangover with mountains of pink and red wrapped sale candy*, or define yourself by this Hallmark Holiday. As an office full of fierce, 20- and 30-something women we are champions of the fearless, independent woman. Today, we salute them. Here are some of the ladies that inspire us:



Tina Fey


From head writer on SNL, to actress, to author, to mother, Fey’s list of accolades is seemingly endless. Since her stint as the first female to lead the SNL writing team, she has continued to break gender barriers and bring a feminist voice to the main stream. The message from her success (and of her fictional counterpart Liz Lemon), is that we as women don’t have to choose between career and family life. She blew us away co-hosting the Golden Globes with Amy Poehler  and we look forward to seeing her in her first project after 30 RockThe Nest.

Jennifer Lawrence


We can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see a young starlet with ambition, modesty and a sense of humour. Jennifer Lawrence continues to impress us with her down to earth attitude, and grace under pressure. At only 22, she is a two time Academy Award nominee for best actress in Winter’s Bone and this year’s Silver Linings Playbook and has nailed the iconic role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Did we mention she beat Meryl?

Lena Dunham

While Lena Dunham is probably the newest on the scene as far as these role models go, that is not to say she has had the least impact. In only it’s second season, her much-talked-about Judd Apatow produced HBO show Girls has been nominated for four Emmys, won two Golden Globes and has been lauded as the definitive voice of the young female generation. She has unapologetically helped lead the charge in redefining what it means to be beautiful and feminine in our society in the face of cruel criticisms.  

Kathryn Bigelow



One of the most influential female filmmakers to date, Kathryn Bigelow does not do rom-com fluff. She was the director behind two of the most well-known and hard hitting American war films of our era, The Hurt Locker (for which she was the first female to win the Academy Award for Best Director, beating out ex-husband James Cameron for Avatar. Zing) and this year’s Zero Dark Thirty. She bravely faced criticism and controversy regarding the subject matter of her films and continues to thrive as a woman in notorious “boy’s club”. 


Emma Watson


It’s not all witchcraft and wizardry for the former Harry Potter actress. Like her character Hermione Granger, throughout the decade long franchise we saw Watson grow from an unknown awkward pre-teen, to a charming and poised young woman.  Unlike other starlets who grow up in the spotlight, Watson has kept a firm head on her shoulders and has managed a successful acting and philanthropic career without sacrificing her education. 



Also, this:


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*You should probably have some sale candy. C’mon, Valentine’s Day comes but once a year. 

Fave Five: Lip Sync Fails

Happy post-Super Bowl Sunday everyone! We hope everyone had
their fill of of football-shaped cupcakes and
47-Layer Dip. This year was more than just football and funny commercials though, it was also the
second coming. Of Destiny’s Child, that
is. The reunion (which did include Kelly Rowland and 
Michelle Williams) came hot on the heels of
the heartbreaking news that Beyonce lipsynced the national anthem at Obama’s
second inauguration last month. While we’d rather just forget the whole
thing, it got us reminiscing. Beowolf is
not the first lady to air band her
way through a performance – it’s more common than we’d like to think. It isn’t always quite as earth shattering as our
boo B phoning it in, though. In fact, sometimes it’s almost
more entertaining than if they performed for realsies. Here are
our fave 5 lip syncing fails:


5. Justin Bieber’s Spaghetti and Milk mistake
Little Biebs was jamming along to “Out of Town Girl” at a concert in Phoenix when his pre-show carb and dairy loading totally backfired on him. Curiously, his backing track continued. Who knew you could sing and barf at the same time? Fast forward to 2:06 to see Biebs in all his barfy glory (if you’re into that kinda thing).

4. Milli Vanilli Pioneers the Lip Sync Face Palm
You can’t have a list of lip sync fails without including Milli
Vanilli. These guys were the first
people to face harsh media ridicule and have their Grammy Award withdrawn once
it came to light that they were just models/dancers with a more marketable
image than the singers on the album. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if one of them hadn’t dubbed himself the “New Elvis
and claimed that, based on their success,
they were more talented than Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger.


3. Phoebe Buffay gets discovered and discovers the Smelly
Cat
Now, in Phoebe’s defence, she didn’t actually know that she
was the Milli Vanilli in this situation.  When t
he quirky Friend learned that another woman was singing in the video (and that wasn’t just how she sounded to other people), she felt terrible. She realized that the woman with the voice,
and less video-friendly image
was the
smelly cat and we’re sure she made amends. 
You also might be saying “but this is fictional…” but we can’t hear
you.

2. Britney Spears’
2007 “comeback”
Feast your eyes on one of the most uncomfortable things we’ve ever seen. This was a very tough year
for Brit-Brit (see: Bald Britney, Divorced Britney, and General Train Wreck Britney) so we’ll try to go easy. Champions of the “Lucky
singer eagerly awaited her comeback performance at the 2007 MTV VMAs to shut up the haters once and for all. Unfortunately they were disappointed to instead see a nervous, stumbling shadow of the pop superstar they once knew with very little stage presence and a manky weave. (We’d also like to note that
while Brit was obviously out of it and in a bad place, a lot of flack came
her way about her body. Harsh critics
ridiculed the singer, calling her “fat” and “disgusting” and we think it was
also an important moment in the body image debate.)
1. Ashlee Simpson’s SNL Hoedown
You know what they say, anything
can happen on live TV.
 Shortly after the
debut of The Ashlee Simpson Show, and her very serious adult relationship with
this guy (but before her marriage to this guy) she appeared on SNL as a musical guest. During her second performance, “Pieces of You” started to play, but whaaa? SHE ALREADY SANG THAT SONG!!!! Also the microphone was nowhere
near her mouth.
 It’s cool though, she covered it up with a
really cool dance.
 Now, she wouldn’t have lip
synced in the first place but she had heart burn, you guys. 
   We think we can all agree that it’s best just to keep it real. Beyonce could learn a thing or two from her fans. This girl knows what’s up: