Bringing up Baby, The African Queen, Woman of the Year, Philadelphia Story, Adam’s Rib, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner…so many of my early ideals of femininity were shaped by Katharine Hepburn. She was opinionated, strong, graceful by way of athleticism, beautiful and vulnerable, quick-witted and intelligent, equal to any task and anybody. I admire so much of what she did for women, and the characters she chose to portray. She wasn’t abrasive or domineering, but she was unapologetically herself. She waited for the world to catch up with her, and wasn’t surprised when they did. She exemplified beauty as being more than a figure, but an aura of confidence.
As we start this week, I hope you try to find a little of the Katharine spirit within you. Be proud and direct, be vulnerable whilst admirable. Set standards, create inspiration, define yourself and those around you. Take the active stance, instead of the passive–influence, impact, impress. Be bold and be genuine, and don’t be surprised when it comes off as beauty.