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The Characters of Ibi Zoboi's Pride
Sooooo I recently re-read my library's copy of Pride: A Pride & Prejudice Remix by Ibi Zoboi (and have ordered my copy online) and I find there is a lot of opportunity for illustration!

Zuri Luz Benitez (Lizzie Bennett): In her trademark bamboo hoop earrings and spaghetti strap sundress (that she is wearing with sneakers because she is casual and edgy, or "hood"). The title of the book on the cover is transcribed in Turquoise so I gave her that and she talks about having chipped blue nail polish and a afro she likes to poof up. 
Janae Lise "Nae Nae" Benitez (Jane Bennett): I put her in some pink florals and a vintage sundress because she is very feminine and sweet, and in awe of the vintage shops near her college in Syracuse. She is softness, curviness, sweetness, and love. 
Layla Benitez (Lydia Bennett): Wearing a tight top and short shorts, as described in one scene, with her jewelry and braids and makeup. She is noted to have more swag than her older sisters and I gave her a monogrammed top because I felt it was very her, because she likes to stand out and a bit oblivious to how her behavior reflects on her sisters (just like Lydia).
Georgia "Gigi" Darcy (Georgiana Darcy): Sweet, intern, young, naive, open to others, enunciates her words with no slang. I gave her a hairstyle similar to Zoey Johnson from Black-ish and a bit of a 2010's treatment of the outfit worn by Jodie Landon in Daria as they are young African-American women from affluent and educated families who are striving towards their own goals.  

You may notice a lot of yellow used: Santeria spirituality is a big piece of the story, with the Goddess of Love and Beauty Ochun (Oshun) being prominent. Her key color is yellow, not the Western (*cough* White) Red or Pink, because it is the color of sunshine.

"Yellow is Ochun's color. I remember asking Madrina when she was trying to teach me this tradition why the color of love isn't pink, or red. Think of the golden sun, she said. It makes everything on earth fall in love--how the ocean kisses land, how land nestles trees, how swaying trees always whisper sweet nothings into our ears." Pride 

Speaking of Love Goddesses, famous 1940s and 1950s movie star Lana Turner was known to favor the color in her dress and decor. Yellow seems to be a tint used for the filming of Sierra Burgess Is A Big Loser and a Power Color for Peggy Olson (one of the view main lady characters who found both career success and true love at the end of the series). This era may be the Renaissance for the Optimistic Color. 

I hope to be illustrating more ladies from Pride soon. 
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Bridget is Person to Person
Bridget Jones as Trudy Campbell in the final episode of "Mad Men" with my OCs Vera and Audrey in the year 1970. 

Trudy is elated: she is off to a new life with her family to Wichita where she and her husband will most definitely be the toast of society and they can jet set to NYC whenever they'd want. No longer seen in her Mommy and Me or Suburban Connecticut drag, she is looking almost as stylish and chic as Marianne Faithfull while toting her purse and daughter's bag with clothes and toys. Husband Pete is holding on to little Tammy and her Barbie doll. The future looks bright.

Vera is to entertain her husband's co-workers, his boss, and their partners (hubby said "wives" but she knew he worked with straight-acting women) with a sumptuous spread and very adorable children....in a move that shocks her husband, she picked out a very fashionable and sexy mini dress that made her look like someone out of "Valley of the Dolls" or one of Dean Martin's Golddigger singers. But her dinner was a hit, despite the later argument that occurred, but she manages to calm him down and get pregnant with their 3rd child.

Audrey is teaching in Boston and looking a sensation with her unusual looks and of-the-moment fashion sense...the future is looking brighter for her.

From left to right: butter yellow cocktail dress with bejeweled trim, lavender ruffled blouse with light violet maxi skirt and high boots, pale pink ensemble with miniskirt and fur trim matching hat.
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Bridget on The Milk and Honey Route
Bridget Jones as Trudy Campbell in the final episodes of "Mad Men" and my OC Vera in the year 1970. 

Trudy and Pete lay their daughter down to bed after a day where he did take her to Friendly's; they sit down together at the kitchen table where she has him eat the little cake that their daughter made (in a Easy Bake Oven?) and he tries to talk her into going to a client's dinner (where there may be wives) and Trudy is reluctant. 
Later that week Pete comes back: he has been hired by LearJet and asks Trudy to get back with him! They will live in Wichita! Fly wherever they want! Live someplace better than Manhattan and Cos Cob! He wants to do this again! After some discussion, she agrees and they kiss and make plans for dinner with Tammy. 

Vera had gave birth to her daughter the year before and is glad to be back in her old dress size, with some new clothes she splurged on (like this Pucci, she won't tell if it's original or knock-off). Things are tense in the marriage: he spends a lot of time with the Club and his work clients, she with their children and this teenage band she likes to dance for (to her hubby's chagrin). She makes plans to have another baby with him in the future, but for now...she will frug and go go. 

From left to right: Pink/Orange/Yellow housecoat, spring like floral empire waist nightie with pink peignor, Pucci style patterned mini dress with pink and orange and yellow. 
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Time And Life with Bridget
Bridget Jones as Trudy Campbell in the final season of "Mad Men"; with OC Audrey in the year 1970. 

After a year, we see Trudy again as she calls her ex-husband Pete in distress about their daughter not being admitted into a prestigious academy where most people in his family have attended for generations. They meet with the headmaster, who turned out to be holding a 400 year old grudge where Pete's clan murdered members of the headmaster's clan in Scotland. Headmaster proceeds to insult Trudy and their child, Pete clocks the guy. She confides to Pete that men have been sexually harassing her after the divorce, with their wives practically shunning her and she worries she should be content with that attention because she won't be young and beautiful in a decade. Pete's response "You're ageless" before he figures a thing that could save the agency he's in.

Autumn 1970. Start of the school year, Tammy starts Kindergarten and Pete has been taking her to outings to Friendly's for ice cream and to pick apples, despite a bee sting related mishap where he alleviates the pain on her hand with toothpaste after removing the stinger. He praises her for being so strong. All when Trudy returns from a game of tennis with her divorced friend, both of whom share a conversation about their ex-husbands, how dads get praised for doing things moms have always done, and how to balance their feelings towards their exes with the well-being of their children.

Audrey is rocking those legs and working at a college in France where she teaches music; she is on her way back to the United States.

From left to right: white dress with navy blue trim and wrap-style skirt, white tennis dress with yellow trim, blue coat, and raspberry jumper over silk orange blouse. 
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Bridget and The Strategy
Bridget Jones as Trudy Campbell in Season 7A of "Mad Men" with my OCs Vera and Audrey. 

It's late Spring or early Summer 1969: Trudy has been divorced for some time when her husband Pete makes a visit from California with his new girlfriend (for both business and to visit little Tammy) and she starts to try to play games to avoid him when he visited the house. She comes home from a party and he angrily confronts her about why she didn't tell him about her father having a heart attack earlier that Spring and she tells him he isn't part of the family and he (admittedly rightly) points out she is playing passive-aggressive "debutante maneuvers" on him. 

Vera is covering her pregnancy (still slim enough to carry off this floaty miniskirt) and she hopes for a girl. 

Audrey has earned credits to work as an instructor and moves further west to make her way back to the states. 

From left to right: multi-colored mock turtleneck mini dress with gathered sleeves in a light material, embroidered top with coordinated and matching scarf and skirt, coral colored pantsuit with Courrèges influence. 
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  • Watching: Jack Antonoff interviewed by Larry King
  • Drinking: Water

    

    About a fortnight ago (as some British peeps would say), I saw Battle of the Sexes with some friends, actually it was my second time viewing it. I like the movie that much to see it twice, I am a bit tempted to watch a third time on the big screen. I was captivated, to say the least. My friend pointed out that a lot of movies that get played in our town (without delay, I would add) are usually summer blockbusters, male targeted shoot ‘em ups, rom-coms that are often heteronormative and only have the woman focus on getting a man, horror films, Brokeback Mountain was played but it had a “tragic queer” story, animated fare, and teen barf-fests. Our town is also highly conservative, politically and socially, what it did to Jackie (a film about a revered and traditionally feminine icon who is shown to be flawed and vulnerable) was delay showing in the local theaters at the official release date and only screen it for a limited time after about a month. The same happened with BOTS but upon walking to the screen room, we saw a true gem that was lost in a haystack.

    Battle of the Sexes focuses on the POV of both Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrell) as they prepare for the eponymous tennis match that proved to be a huge turning point in the Second Wave of Feminism. The film is also a Coming of Age story and Coming Out story that doesn’t end with a tragedy along with a Sports film. Directed by the team behind Little Miss Sunshine, the film touches on the events with heart and humor; Riggs and King are both shown to be flawed, vulnerable, driven, and talented individuals who struggle with their own demons (his is gambling, while she struggles with her sexuality) as they prepare for that match. Everyone is painted with a sympathetic brush, even if they come off as antagonistic; one prime example is Margaret Court (Jessica McNamee) who is shown as homophobic as she is in real life and really counting on Billie Jean’s shame of carrying on an affair with a woman whilst married to work against her in a tennis match they will compete in; the film could have taken the opportunity to paint her as a ogress who is out for Billie Jean, but it didn’t. We see how vulnerable Margaret is amongst the other women players, we see how she driven she is by her sport, we see and are crushed when Bobby beats her in a match called “the Mother’s Day Massacre”, and we see her look pretty hopeful as she watches the penultimate match between her former opponents. We get the sense of a woman who, as much as she’s revered as the indefatigable “The Arm” by her peers, is not able to be chummy with her peers in the Virginia Slims tour and whose best days as a tennis player are behind her.

    Behind every Great Man is a Woman helping him and every woman waits for Prince Charming to come. The film actually reveals that, while most people in 1973 thought this way regarding Gender Roles, the truth was a lot more complicated than that. Of the two women tennis players we see whose lives and marriages are focused on, their husbands are actually taking some traditionally feminine roles in the relationship. Margaret’s husband Barry (James MacKay) not only helps with the bags and cheers his wife from the stands, he is often seen cradling and soothing their infant son while Margaret works out and prepares for her upcoming match. Billie Jean’s husband Larry King (Austin Stowell), not the newscaster, makes it clear how he supports his wife in her chosen career and recognizes her true love will always be tennis and he helps Billie with icing her knees. He is also shown to be fully aware that his wife is attracted to women, even if he doesn’t verbally say a thing to her, and takes both her victories and defeats to heart. You also get that Billie Jean isn’t just guilty due to internalized homophobia but also because she recognizes how supportive and terrific her husband is, in ways that were unusual for the time (in real life, they are close friends and she is even Godmother to one of his children). With Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough), the sexual attraction is very clear and isn’t played for the titillation of a male audience that finds lesbian relationships as a fetish, but is recognized as romantic and a big part of Billie Jean’s own journey. In this particular scene you could, even without the benefit of sight, sense the awkwardness and chemistry when the two women meet.

    Billie Jean meets Marilyn

    That relationship hits a few speed bumps as Marilyn recognizes what she was warned (by Larry, no less) about Billie Jean’s true love being tennis but really comes through for her when she shows up to give Billie Jean a trim, leaving for Houston in the middle of work just to be there to help her boo (cue “awes” from me). In real life, Billie Jean’s and Marilyn’s relationship turned out to be a “Woman Scorned” situation and ended up ugly with a palimony suit; BJ eventually forgave Marilyn for outing her and is currently in a 30 plus year relationship with fellow tennis player Ilana Kloss. Other couples include tennis player/fashion designer Ted Tinling (Alan Cumming) and his partner (don’t know if intimate but the chemistry is perfect) who are in sync with one another’s thoughts and create some luscious outfits for the women players. Bobby Riggs and his wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue, yes THAT ONE) get a lot of focus as a couple where the highly capable and strong-minded wife watches in dismay as her husband barely faces his gambling addiction and he plays at being a Misogynist on national television despite her bankrolling his non-tennis career. We see a tough, clear-eyed, fashionable woman who loves her husband but often is disappointed by his lack of self-control and tells him that she is willing to walk away from the marriage even if she’ll whimper once he is out of sight. Bobby is shown as dearly valuing his wife’s approval and being a good family man but doesn’t quite know how to achieve that well. Their later reconciliation is somewhat fictionalized (they actually renew their vows about 20 years after the events of the movie) but is very heartwarming and shows them on the same page. Love is a many splendored (and messy) thing…..

    “No stereotypical nastiness” was one of the reasons my friend listed as what she loved about the film. I did feel a great sense of camaraderie amongst the women in the film and the only competition that flamed between women occurred on the tennis court rather than in everyday social and professional situations. Nothing about who is prettier or uglier or skinnier or more talented; it was women backing each other up and it there were women who seemed doubtful of Billie Jean being able to beat Bobby Riggs due to her being a woman, it was more a reflection of the gender politics in that era and how older generations of women didn’t have a lot of faith in their own gender. Attitudes that were well reflected in the defunct (but still beloved) series Mad Men where women often doubted their own intellects or voiced phrases like “made by a man but simple enough for a woman”, along with projecting a version of “tall poppy syndrome” at any woman who did something like leave a dissatisfying marriage or moved beyond secretarial work in her career. That aside, there is a great sense of women supporting one another, even with very minimal characters and background actors: hairdressers actually congratulating the tennis players on sticking it to the men, women coming out to root for Billie (I’m looking at you “Libbers Not Lobbers” Lady),the quiet cocktail waitress who cringes at the sexism exhibited by the men she waited on and is nervously watching the match as she serves drinks, and even Bobby Riggs’s “Bosom Buddies” (young pretty girls who accompanied Riggs by pulling him on a rickshaw) stayed with Billie’s fans, friends, and family to cheer the champion. Priscilla even tells off Bobby about how his play-acting as a Male Chauvinist pig really affects her and doesn’t harbor any ill will against Billie Jean the way many high-profile wives have against women who are competing against their husbands.

    I could go on about how much I love the women in this film. From their personalities, their bodies, their clothes, their talents, and how flawlessly the actresses have portrayed them. Sounds odd I mentioned bodies, well don’t run away, this is not a Male Gaze appreciation of how the women look. In an age where the right to choose what to do with our bodies as women is being threatened, films like Battle of the Sexes and shows like GLOW (Netflix Series and Original Wrestling Show) are instrumental in reminding women to not only feel beautiful in their bodies but also to feel empowered by what their bodies can do rather than primarily how those bodies look; it also is very important for young women and girls to see a huge diversity of physical appearance in media and not just the same toned and nip-tucked “au naturel” woman with thigh gaps and breasts the size of cantaloupes. Like the women on GLOW and Mad Men, Billie Jean King and her compatriots are not only beautiful (even with the hair length and glasses Howard Cosell), but flesh and blood characters who have a great strength of mind and body. There are women of different shapes walking about in the fabulous costumes from the 1970s (Priscilla Riggs is one prime example of a fashionista). Emma Stone chose to not only dye her hair dark brown and get a bit of sun exposure to resemble Billie Jean in that era (on that note Steve Carell didn’t do shabby in replicating Riggs’s look), but she trained to play tennis and put on 15 lbs. of muscle on her svelte frame. Elisabeth Shue as Priscilla Riggs looks California Blonde 1970s fabulous with her coiffed hair, jumpsuits, pastel pink lipstick accentuating her bronze complexion, and the lines on her face she didn’t have nipped and tucked as to resemble both a woman in her forties and a woman of that era before plastic surgery had gotten more invasive.
    
 Billie Jean, Priscilla, Gladys Heldman (the fabulous Sarah Silverman), Rosie Casals (Natalie Morales), etc. are all forces of nature: strong, capable, outspoken, confident, not without their own vulnerabilities but able to handle any men talking down to them or trying to dominate them (Hint: there is a lot of that). Gladys and Rosie are the “tokens” in this group of women: there are hardly any people of color in the world of tennis in that era, not even a lot in the audience (aside from the massive crowds at the Battle of the Sexes and this woman I will call “Unimpressed Woman in Lime Green”), something that is evident with how Gladys responds to being told she isn’t allowed to be in a lounge (“Is it because I’m a woman or a Jew?”). That prejudice was very widespread at that time, with Jewish Americans not being admitted to different clubs due to their backgrounds; Rosie is the only Latina in the film and as much as we see her being able to clap back at men who condescend to her and Billie, we see her being in an uncomfortable space with Howard Cosells holding her really close to his body while they provide commentary for the final match in the film. We get that sense of how many women were so used to men infringing on their personal space and their lives, something Billie knows all too well when she calls her husband to tell Bobby at midnight that she agrees to his proposition, especially given that Bobby first called her at midnight with said proposition. That is her biggest assertive act done in private.

    So if you want to see women that are in full possession of their bodies and aren’t tripping over everything, bold and nuanced emotions, men exploring their emotional selves, vintage fashions, and women asserting themselves. Go see Battle of the Sexes; even if it isn’t a perfect film, it’s one with a lot of heart. 


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