avril lavigne was my first female celebrity icon. she burst onto the scene when i was around ten years old, rocking baggy jeans, boys ties and more eyeliner than you could buy in boots. in interviews she was moody, didn't girate on television at every opportunity, and i idolised her. i wore my hair in long, straight curtains across my face, baggy jeans with a nice pink chain from tammy girl, and listened to 'let go' so many times i had to buy the CD three times.
then she married that guy from nickelback and sang a weird song about hello kitty, but you get the gist.
the thing that got me about avril lavigne is that she was different. in a world of early 2000's pop music that was being dominated by your hip hop hunniz and rappers, she represented a new wave of angsty pop for girls like me. girls who didn't realise that you didn't just have to sing about being in love with a boy, you could sing about being angry, alone, annoyed, and you also didn't have to wear low rise jeans and bandana crop tops to be successful.
the world has changed a lot since the simple days of 2002, where we simply found our lyrics from smash hits magazine and teenage acne remained in the past with no awkward photographic selfies to remember it by. women are targeted daily by the media, and female celebrities are dealt a pretty raw deal. in press interviews they are constantly asking how they got into shape for a role, what designers they're wearing, who they're sleeping with, what do they think about XYZ... their selfies are scrutinised, they are expected to smile on red carpets and not get involved with the 'meatier' issues to ensure they don't alienate fans with *GULPS* opinions.
so, ladies and gentleman, let us thank the lord for the disruptive female celebrities.
we need women in the public eye who have an opinion. who get things wrong. who are a little bit disruptive. who share make up free selfies and images of them eating carbs. women who fight back. we need these women to set a precedent for all the young women growing up who think it's realistic to have to be perfect, be stick thin with massive boobs and a big bum, with natural long curls and a sweet inoffensive smile. the world of celebrity isn't going away, and we are indoctrinated into a sidebar of shame society that leaves us following their every move. it's vital that we are surrounded in role models, and women who inspire us to say 'hey she's a bit like me.'
women like miley cyrus, who shed her disney skin and embraced a new identity. one that was fiery, confident, and vulnerable all at the same time. who said she didn't care about controversy, and clapped back at all her haters by proving she could sing. miley cyrus, the girl who is 'ALWAYS NAKED...DISGRACEFULLY SHOWCASING HER NIPPLES...' who also has a charity raising awareness for the homeless LGBT community. women like emma watson, who is a spokeswomen for feminism around the world, and admitted in an interview she has a subscription to an erotic website with no shame. jennifer lawrence, who is beautifully ungraceful and every PR's nightmare, who wrote an open letter discussing the uneven pay in Hollywood between the sexes. even women like kim kardashian west (hear me out), who show that being a mother doesn't have to mean the demise of her sexuality, standing loud and proud with her curvaceous figure whilst being a hella good mother too.
these women remind us that the cookie cutter days of the past are over, and it's vital for women in the public eye to have a voice and an opinion. social media has allowed celebrities to have a chance to dispel rumours and myths about them, allowing them to tweet and clap back at false reports and lies. they raise awareness to causes around the world through this medium, and also have a first hand opportunity to connect with their fans on a deeper level than the days of fan club letters and autographs.
i worry about the young girls looking up to the celebrities who sing about so-called body confidence and independence, only to shy away from talking about the issues in interviews. admitting to the world that they are simply singing lyrics written for them by men in a room. i worry about the celebrities who use feminism as the latest hot trend, stating in interviews that women are stronger and better than men, adding fuel to the ridiculous fire that is uneducated feminism and gender equality. i worry that they look up to women with nothing to say.
so let's raise our glasses to the women who give us something to talk about. the women who dispel gender norms and wear whatever the hell they want and don't care if you like it or not. the women who tweet out that stories are false. the women who raise awareness to issues that go under the radar. this generation's avril lavigne's who do their thing without apologies.
because a world of z list celebrities harping on about weight loss tea is not a world i'm interested in.
until next time xo