The party for this is tonight, so while they unroll the red carpet and vigorously dustbust it, let’s glance at the five covers — all women, all awesome, all 35 or older.
Each woman gets a brief article about her. Michelle Pfeiffer’s contains this irksome nugget from Darren Aronofsky:
“I remember taking this class on directing actors, and the teacher was awful, but one thing he said really stuck with me,” says Aronofsky. “He said, ‘Michelle Pfeiffer — it’s rare to get such talent and beauty in one package.’”
Yes, let’s absolutely perpetuate the myth that beauty and talent normally are mutually exclusive. Even if you want to argue that it’s statistically unlikely to get LARGE amounts of both looks and ability, I just find it irritating, and even banal — Los Angeles alone is built on an industry of people who are both beautiful and super talented, for one thing — and I can’t believe that is the choice nugget that stuck with Darren Aronofsky. (Or, maybe I can.)
Priyanka Chopra talks mostly about UNICEF and being an influencer of young women:
She’s proud to call herself a feminist. “Feminism is not about berating or hating men or trying to make sure we’re better than men,” she says. “Feminism is just saying, ‘Give me the same freedom that men have enjoyed for so many centuries.’”
Kelly Clarkson traces a lot of her career and dips into the tensions with Clive Davis:
When she played “Because of You” for him to consider for her second album, 2004’s “Breakaway,” Davis wasn’t impressed. “I was told that was a shitty song because it didn’t rhyme,” Clarkson says, adding that he delivered the nasty verdict to her face in a meeting. “A group of men thought it was OK to sit around a young woman and bully her. I was told I should shut up and sing. And then, this is the best part. He [Davis] played me the song that should be on the album, which was ‘Behind These Hazel Eyes,’ which I wrote. Am I a shitty writer?”
Patty Jenkins’s piece is disappointingly short and impersonal, but maybe that was at her direction, I don’t know. It’s about ARC, an anti-recidivism group founded by a dude but which she works with a lot, and mentions the Wonder Woman screening she did at a prison.
“When given a path out, everybody wants to be a hero in their story.”
Octavia’s is also very short, and focuses on her work with City Year, which focuses on giving students what they need to graduate and push ahead academically.
“If I can do it, I know that any child with access to a solid educational foundation should be able to succeed in life,” she says. “I’m a walking billboard.”