2015: Year of the Unapologetic Woman

“Bossy, fiesty, bitchy, weak, ugly, vain, flat chested, flat bum, flabby, too skinny”, I’ve been called everything under the sun, and I’m kinda enjoying  adding new adjectives to the list, this has got to be a confirmation that I’m an eccentric individual;since I fit these different boxes right?  Having said that I don’t have any more strength to care – hence being unapologetic. It looks like I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t give a toss, let’s see 6 women who let go of their inhibitions and lived in their truth this year.

Viola Davis- When Viola became the first woman of colour to win the best actress in a drama series award at the 2015 Emmys, she hit the nail on the head and passionately declared that “The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity.” Thank you Viola for clearly stating what we’ve been sweeping under the rug for so many years.

Adele -Last recorded an album ’21’ in 2011  that was a while ago for your typical recording artist  but she came back even stronger. However, during this time she had time to focus on being a mother and finding herself and stated “It’s f**king hard. I thought it would be easy.” She’s still young and doesn’t look like she’ll get her knickers in a twist any time soon. It’s about time we see a young woman with a good head on her shoulders .

Hilary Clinton- Unapologetic Grandma/Glam-ma(when she wants to be). When Chelsea Clinton gave birth to Charlotte, Hilary did not hesitate to mention her role as a grandmother in relation to paid maternity leave. Now that the second grandchild is on it’s way she tweeted  ‘We’re so excited to meet our second grandchild!’ Unfortunately women always feel the need to take on the macho style approach in order to compete with their male contemporaries sometimes it feels like it’s the only way ahead, Hilary showed us it isn’t.

Amy Schumer- Changing the face of Comedy. “I’m not going to shy away from doing it, I’m going to say the stuff that makes me unappealing.”She’s unapologetic, enough said.

Kangana Ranaut in Tanu Weds Manu Returns. A very outspoken Bollywood actress who defends the rights of women and encourages women not to be pressured by social “norms” such as marrying young. She also plays an unconventional role in Tanu Weds Manu which depicts her as a tomboy whilst she plays an overtly feminine character. This in itself is revolutionary in Bollywood, overcoming the damsel in distress, male here dialogue.

Sandra Bland – She was a fearless woman who stood up for what was right this clearly was a threat which led to her suspected murder in prison. It may be unclear whether she was murdered or not, but she was definitely a victim of police brutality. Rest in Perfect Peace Sandra. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jrbAJxAoOM

Now that we’re entering 2016, lets step out the box like Viola, be spontaneous like Adele, stay courageous as Hilary, embody Kangana’s confidence, be carefree and shameless just like Amy and be fearless like the late Sandra. New Year’s Resolution for 2016?  No, I’ll just continue to be unapologetic.