Women’s History Month: Two Women Who Inspired Me Never Cared About Fashion!
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re writing about the women who spurred us on. My childhood idols are Elizabeth 1 and Dr. Eugenie Clark.
I’m a style and beauty editor and I love it. But you’re probably going to be surprised when you read about two of my idols, Queen Elizabeth I and an ichthyologist named Dr. Eugenie Clark!
A little back story: I was an avid reader and really shy when I was little. When you’re shy (and short) it’s hard to find and use your voice. So I would look to books for mental food. It’s there that I found women who gave me the impetus to succeed. Wandering around the local library in the fifth grade I found a biography on Henry VIII. After reading that, I started to devour Tudor history.
Henry’s daughter, Elizabeth 1 became my inspiration and my idol. To a little girl, who was the smallest in the class, wore glasses, was very quiet (read: really shy) and was picked on a lot, Elizabeth was a beacon. I thought I was bullied? Elizabeth was a mere toddler when her father turned her back on her and made her life hell. She was constantly under watch for any imagined refraction. Though royal, she grew up in an almost impoverished state. Her half-sister, Mary, alternately befriended her, and then threatened to have her killed. Elizabeth kept her cool no matter what happened. When she was 14 years old, she wrote on a window pane at Hatfield House (where she was living at the time-it was more like living under house arrest), “Much suspected by me, nothing proved can be. Quoth Elizabeth the prisoner.”
To a young child who was constantly being harassed and bullied, reading about someone who lived through it and then ruled a country made me realize that I could survive anything.