"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by Dogma which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become."
- Steve Jobs

Saturday, June 12, 2010

GLAMOUR magazine chooses Cheryl Bleeding Cole as "Woman of the Year"

I've just finished flicking through a copy of GLAMOUR magazine that a friend dropped on my desk when she'd read it. Well that was an hour and a half of my life I'll never get back. How disappointed I was at your various choices of "Women of the year" and especially the choice of the ubiquitous Cheryl Cole as the ultimate "Woman of the year". Oh please. It's bad enough she was voted "Most Inspiration Woman of the Decade" recently by "the good surgeon guide" (go figure at the source of the award), but now GLAMOUR is gushing about how wonderful she is? I mean seriously - what has she done that's truly inspirational? She's pretty. She judges a talent show. She sings/mimes to mediocre pop songs, and she stuck with her cheating husband until he predictably cheated on her again. Truly inspirational :-/ I for one am sick to death of the mass media worship laid at this woman's feet, and worry for any young girl who gazes gooey-eyed at her and declares her a "role model".She has a voice that is mediocre to say the least.  Does she play any instruments?  Does she write and compose her own songs or is there a team of "co-writers" behind her.  There are far more girls out there with more talent in their little fingers than Cheryl.  But they're maybe not as pretty and don't have the saccharine title of "The Nation's Sweetheart" or the mass media fawning over their every move.

I won't comment on the winners of the other categories, my beef is with the award given to Ms Cole.
Here are some women that I find truly inspiring and who beat Ms Cole hands down for the ultimate "Woman of the Year" award.

  • Dr Andrea Marshall - fighting to conserve Manta rays off the coast of Mozambique, her groundbreaking research and discovery of a new species, plus her utter dedication to these beautiful mammals, is marvellous.
  • Dame Ellen MacArthur - as well as her amazing sailing achievements she head up the Ellen Macarthur Trust, which uses sailing to help young people regain their confidence while on their way to recovery from cancer, leukaemia and other serious illness.
  • Kanwal Ahluwalia - programme manager for WOMANKIND's West African programme, which focuses on supporting existing and developing new partnerships with women’s organisations in Ghana to reduce violence against women, HIV and AIDS.
  • Christine Schuler Deschryver - devoted her life to helping the women and girls of the Congo with the V-Day global movement to end violence against women and girls, in particular mass rape and genital mutilation of women and young girls.
  • Emma Morris - sold her house and used her savings to set up "Change 2 change" that works with young people in the criminal justice system to reduce antisocial behaviour and reoffending rates through cognitive behaviour therapy.
I could go on but you get my drift. There are hundreds of selfless women all over the world fighting for justice for women, animals, kids, and society. They DESERVE respect, awards and accolades.

If your awards were only meant to be within the field of "fashion/media stars and z-list celebs" then fair enough, but as a popular magazine you really should be trying a bit harder to give us women REAL role models, and not perpatuating the Cult of Celebrity that is sucking the life out of our teenagers and the soul out of the entertainment and music industries.

Now let's see. A primped and groomed plastic mediocre pop puppet, or any of the above women. I know who i'd give the award to. Come on GLAMOUR, do a bit better with next years awards.

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