Mrs Theresa May – she might be my new girl crush y’know.
Dubious politics aside, I have to say I really admire her. I hear a lot about her in my line of work and the way in which she rules her cabinet and so far, I’m pretty impressed. The woman has got balls. In fact, I’d go so far as to say her well-heeled balls make her an excellent role model for young women.
“What?! Why?” I hear you cry?
Stick with me…
Increasingly, in the media we hear talk of influential women don’t we. Whether they are talented leading ladies with a voice that just wont quit (Meryl Streep – that’s you) or the glamorous but fiercely intelligent support to a powerful man (Michelle Obama that’s you) there has been an influx in female role models in the public eye that my daughter and other women will be able to look up to and aspire to. That is a great thing and one to be applauded.
But sometimes it’s all a bit too glitzy and ‘celeb’ isn’t it?
Let’s say that my daughter grows up and doesn’t want to be a model, actress or dare I say it, just someone else’s leading lady? With the media dominating all aspects of our lives, who can she look up to if she wants to feel empowered, in charge, ambitious and the leading lady to her own life and career? I mean, Beyoncé just might not cut it now she’s gone part unicorn, part pregnant fairy.
Enter Mrs May. Perhaps she will seem an unlikely choice for some but politics aside, for me she’s makes an excellent role model.
Not only is she paving the way for women to be measured by their intellect, influence, grit and determination but she is also still cheerfully being analysed for her choice of shoes. And I like that.
Weird thing to aspire to? Well no, not really.
There is a lot of joy to be had in taking pride in our appearance. As a bit of a beauty junkie and with a shoe cabinet to rival Imelda, I know that to be true. I am really seriously into fashion, makeup, nails and all things beautiful. Does it mean I can’t be on a level playing field with my male counterparts in the intellect department? Are beauty and brains mutually exclusive?
Of course not. They aren’t and Mrs May is proving this to be true. Brains first but also a healthy nod towards good grooming and a splash of fashion. Substance first, style second.
She is sending out a clear and brilliant message that women can make a success of their life based on what’s in their brain but that you can also take a pride in your appearance without being painted as a glamour-puss bimbo. When asked about how she felt that the nation (read – the Daily Mail audience) was obsessed with what she wore on her feet she succinctly dealt with the issue by saying
“Do I regret the fact that people look at my shoes? Hey, it gives me an excuse to go and buy new shoes” and then swiftly steered the conversation back to politics once more.
A smart side-step from a woman who obviously understands the complexities of politics and polish.
So there we have it; a shrewd intellect, unapologetic in her ability to be nobody other than herself, and a confident, ambitious leader.
Theresa May is sending a message to our daughters that a woman can be powerful and intelligent, can do anything she puts her mind to and all the while be running in really good heels.
Amen to that sister.