16 November 2013

Influential Women in show business

Show business applies to all aspects of the entertainment industry from the business side (including managers, agents, producers and distributors) to the creative element (including artists, performers, writers, musicians and technicians). (x)
I've wanted to make a blog post on this topic for a while now because I feel like there is an increase in emerging female power in society today. I also understand that there are many, many opinions on this topic although, as a strong believer in feminism, I am 100% for females standing up for fundamental human rights and showing a strong sense of leadership, strength and confidence. Here are a few women who I think are influential...

MAYA ARULPRAGASAM (M.I.A)

She's more than just a rapper with a different taste in fashion. Arulpragasam has used her fame to address issues that kids should be aware of today by entwining witty messages into her lyrics, for example "Connected to the Google / Connected to the Government" or "Do you know the cost of AK's up in Africa? 20 dollars ain't shit to you but that's how much they are" but for me, her music video for Bad Girls is the pinnacle of female power, where it embraces the female gender in a culture that is, for the most part, male dominated and I think that concept is just flawless. #badbitchthatcomefromsrilanka


IGGY AZALEA
Apart from having the hottest body on Earth and absolutely owning it, Azalea, I think, is becoming one of Australia's most iconic female artists and it shows in her lyrics and music videos where she incorporates aspects of the Australian culture. In the Change Your Life music video, she wears a plain white suit and I think it oozes power... I don't know what it is but it's just the right amount of provocative and professionalism.


SHIRIN NESHAT
Whether you watch one of Neshat's films or observe her artwork, her works is "a testimony to the unspoken female power and the continuing protest in Islamic culture." She does this in the most shocking way with the use of weapons and some hints of violence, but what she does is so thoughtful and I suggest you check her work out


BLAIR WALDORF (played by Leighton Meester)
While catching up on Gossip Girl, I made myself aware of the unique characteristics of Blair Waldorf. She shows inspiring work ethic, as well as her ability to shut out the poisonous boy in her life and focus on achieving happiness. The period where she interns at W Magazine, Blair has a tremendous 'can-do' attitude and is really refreshing to see intertwined in all the drama. 


LILY ALLEN
First of all, if you haven't watched/listened to/appreciated Lily Allen's newest song - listen to it NOW!
Hard Out Here is Allen's satirical response to recent music videos that over-sexualise women such as Miley Cyrus' We Can't Stop and Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. This music video and song is genius as Allen slips in some tongue-in-cheek lyrics "forget your balls and grow a pair of tits" therefore fighting the wrongly depicted female gender in society. 




- AlissAMR

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