Guest Blog: 5 Most Inspirational Women in Hollywood by Nicole DaRosa

Hi, I’m Nicole from Glamorously You! I am so excited to be joining forces with The Whisper Box to provide you with some Hollywood-style inspiration. I talk a lot about staying inspired in your life and career on Glamorously You, so it only made sense to add an element of the entertainment industry on top of that for this collaboration! So without further ado, here are the 5 most inspirational women in Hollywood right now.

Reese Witherspoon

We can’t talk about women in Hollywood right now without bringing up the #MeToo movement, and Reese Witherspoon has solidified her place as a supporter and activist. During the tidal wave of women coming forward with their stories of sexual assault, Reese bravely admitted that she too was violated by a director at only 16 years old. Since then, she has led the path for other women to come forward and tell their stories through the #TimesUp initiative.

Greta Gerwig

Greta is definitely having her time in the spotlight this year, and hopefully it will last for a while. She has become the first women director to have her debut film be nominated for Academy Awards as well as becoming only the fifth woman to be nominated for Best Director in all of Oscar history. Her film Lady Bird has received critical acclaim and is considered to be one of the best films of 2017.

Ava DuVernay

Based on her amazing pieces of work, you would think Ava DuVernay has been in the film industry for decades. Surprisingly enough, her early beginnings were in journalism and public relations! It wasn’t until 2006 that she decided to write and direct her first short film. 12 years later and she has become the first female African-American director to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million! Ava’s story shows us that it’s okay to not have everything figured out at a young age – your destiny will always present itself!

Tiffany Haddish

If I had to give an award to the biggest breakout star of 2017, it would absolutely be Tiffany Haddish. She was the comedienne that we would all see from time to time in small or guest starring roles, but it was her role in the hit movie Girls Trip that catapulted her to leading lady stardom. Since then, she has starred in her own Showtime comedy special, written a memoir, The Last Black Unicorn, and is set to star in a sitcom with Tracy Morgan and a movie with Kevin Hart. This girl is busy!

Yara Shahidi

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I had to give a shout out to one of the many young women in Hollywood who are making a name for themselves right now. Yara is best known for her role as Zoey Johnson on black-ish and its spin-off, grown-ish, but recently we have seen her using that platform to launch herself as an activist. She has a mentoring program, Yara’s Club, and has just launched her latest initiative, Eighteen x 18, which is meant to inspire young people to use their power to vote in this year’s midterm elections. And she’s done all that before she celebrated her 18th birthday!

The past year was a rough one for not only women in Hollywood, but for women all over the world. However, it is times like these that bring out the brightest stars! Which woman in Hollywood is inspiring you the most right now?

Nicole DaRosa is the founder and blogger-in-chief of Glamorously You, where she helps young women on their journey to becoming their most glamorous selves, inside and out. Through her writing, she encourages readers to feel confident in their true identities, partake in constant self-improvement, and sport a style of their own. Nicole describes herself as a glamorous introvert, lipstick connoisseur, avid journalista, and a lover of all things sparkly.

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New ‘Hunger Games’ Course Available at American University

Now we know where all the Hunger Games fans in the class of 2019 will want to go to college!

Professor Stef Woods at American University in Washington D.C. is set to teach a new course titled The Hunger Games: Class, Politics and Marketing.

The course description reads:

The Hunger Games trilogy is a publishing phenomenon that has dramatically impacted American popular culture. Using the series as a case study, this course examines the interplay of class, politics, ethics, and marketing. Topics covered include oppression, feminism, food deserts, rebellion, the publishing industry, and social media marketing. The course also relies on academic texts, online resources, videos, and guest speakers.

The course materials? All three books of the Hunger Games trilogy!

Students will be able to analyze the character Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and her role as a symbol of feminism in the trilogy.

“Is Katniss just someone who happens to be a female who led when she needed to, or is she a true feminist, and if so, how does she fit within history?” Professor Woods asked in an interview with Teen Vogue. “I’ll pick a few key female leaders and we’ll look at how she fares.”

I can’t say I wouldn’t sign up for this course.

Professor Woods also taught a course back in 2013 titled Contemporary American Culture: The 50 Shades Trilogy.

This woman is amazing.

For those of you at American University who would like to take the Hunger Games course, the code is AMST-320, and the class will be offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

 

 

Dakota Fanning is “Letting It All Hang Out”

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Dakota Fanning is cast as Lilly Berger in the 2013 film Very Good Girls. Nude. Yes. You read correctly. I think there’s something contaminating the Hollywood air.

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Our sweet little Lorraine from Uptown girls has grown up, and she’s going to show the world what wonderful gifts puberty has bestowed upon her. Innocent Dakota Fanning is gone. There is no turning back from this one.

I suspected Dakota would be branching out to wilder roles after seeing The Runaways, where she starred alongside fellow actress Kristen Stewart as Cherie Currie. The movie contained various drugs, sex, homosexual, and masturbation scenes. Therefore, this shouldn’t really come as a surprise to many.

Very Good Girls is about two high school girls (Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen) who fall for the same guy right after making a pact to give up their V cards over the summer. How quaint. The rest of the cast includes Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin, Clark Gregg, Kiernan Shipka, and Peter Sarsgaard. The Hollywood Reporter’s Sundance Review comments that the Fanning and Olsen do not act like 21st century teens in the film. According to critic David Rooney, the film is sometimes predictable.

Interestingly, the film has no rating yet. I see an “R” in Dakota’s future.

Naomi Foner, screenwriter and director of the film states, “The film deals with female sexuality and friendship in a way we haven’t seen before. These girls will be stunning young women in a couple of years, but they’ve struggled through high school with only each other. Most of us have been there. This is the summer where they finally get to touch real life.”

I wonder if this is true of Dakota. Has she really been there?

It doesn’t look like Dakota jumped at the notion of doing the nude scene right away. In an interview from Huffington Post, Dakota said, “Yeah, well, I’ve never done that (a nude scene) before and I’m very newly allowed to do that. I was newly 18, so yeah, it was, it’s kind of a sensitive thing, but it’s a part of life.”

A part of life indeed. I do commend her for being comfortable enough with her body to be able to appear nude on the big screen. That takes a lot of self-love and self-esteem, something a lot of girls her age lack.

Are you prepared to see all of Dakota on the big screen, right before your eyes?