iconic women // Lucille Ball
As March is Women’s History Month, we at City in a Jar wanted to pay homage to some of our favorite iconic women. What better way to do such a thing than to actually portray the women we admire – they say imitation is the highest form of flattery. This week, Maddie and I, along with a few other ladies, will share with you five iconic women who inspire the way we dress, think and function. A big thanks goes to Holly and Felisa from ProColour Salon for transforming us into these women, and to Blake Fehl for being our brilliant photographer! We hope you enjoy looking at the pictures as much as we enjoyed taking them! xx, jess.
First up – Jenn Cloud as Lucille Ball.
Thinking about iconic women this month and more specifically, one that I could impersonate, it did not take long at all to think of Lucille Ball. She’s a legendary comedienne and actress and was a smart business owner that was still also a real person that fought her own battles with rejection and failure. And perhaps the most famous redhead in media, she was a even a pioneer of stellar “personal branding!” We ALL love Lucy, right?
Lucy broke down barriers and set standards for comedy and television acting and in a way, forecasted “reality” television in how nearly I Love Lucy reflected her own life, even down to mirroring and dealing with her pregnancy on-air, which was a first in the genre. In the 50s, pregnancy was seen as a little morbid and they had to dance around calling it her “pregnancy” and had to say she was “expecting,” instead! OH how times have changed where now the modern women we predominantly see on TV are self-absorbed, conniving housewives, femme fatale sex panthers with stiletto heels and/or fangs, and then a spray-tanned Snooki smooshing on everything…
Lucy was a representative of a different time and the comediennes of today do their own channeling of modern culture (check out this article exploring which modern-day comedic woman could be the Lucy of our times) which keeps the torch burning. Ideas about who women are, what they should do and what they are capable of are constantly growing in changing. It’s great to remember those who have broken barriers for us and this month, we curtsey and tip our drinks to all of these fine ladies!