I know a lot of people look up to Audrey Hepburn as a model for class, grace, and beauty. And she completely nails it. But another woman also nails it for me And that is Rosalind Russell.
I stumbled across a quote from her today.
“Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.”
Can I get a Hallelujah?
Is there anything sexier than a woman that is really joyful? A woman that is enjoying life to the fullest and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks.
In her career, she sought out roles that would take her away from the stereotype of being a “lady” in the 30s and 40s. This lady type of character was either see a s just a prim and proper woman that was well-dressed or as the character that would be “no-good” for the make hero of the story.
Her pathway asnt easy for a long time, she struggled to get the image she wanted and recognition and support from her studio. She was tired of being a “clothes horse” and seen as just beautiful while being overlooked for all her other abilities.
Things changed after a lot of perseverance and one of her breakout roles was in His Gal Friday opposite Cary Grant. She was fast-talking, quick-witted, and a smart career woman. She was recognized for keeping up with Cary Grant. She went on to play other strong woman roles like Auntie Mame and Rose in Gypsy.
What a powerhouse.
not only did she have a career that she worked extremely hard for, but she stood for something other than looks for women.
I think it is such a lovely, simple reminder to infuse your life with joy. The road isn’t always easy, you won’t always get what you want and people may not like what you have to say (or want to hear what you have to say) but to always live with joy.
Joy will light up your face and your soul. It is that simple.