The Modern Femme Fatale In Fashion
Being a woman has always been a full-time job in society. You’re not just a woman, but you show the world what kind of woman you are. The labels, the names, and the adjectives around women make them the people society either aspire or avoid, love or dislike, and so on. The disparities of perceptions and treatments between men and women are a harsh reality that any industry faces, especially the fashion industry. In a space where glam and appearances are keys to proceed in your successful career, how can we honor women and their presence in fashion? Who are the modern femmes fatales in fashion?
The fashion industry offers many roles that go beyond the designer, stylist, or fashion model. To be in fashion means to engage in conversations and sociological movements through visuals and expertise, with a bold, courageous, and firm voice. A femme fatale (“fatal woman” in French) is a stereotypical character that uses her charm and sensuality to achieve her goals. Nowadays, the figure of the femme fatale assumes different connotations and has various ways to shine in the industry she’s in.
According to these following ladies, the modern femme fatale can be depicted and imagined in different shapes, forms, and words. In honor of Women’s Month, these women shared their thoughts on how does a femme fatale looks like nowadays through four simple questions.
What does it mean to be a woman?
Being a woman means many things. The word ‘woman’ defines a complex identity, which carries with it a profound spectrum of experiences. In modern times we know these experiences to be diverse, ranging in both accomplishment and pain. To me, the identity of being a ‘woman’ is an evolving experience, one that is worth being proud of; an experience deserving of the utmost pride. – Hillary MacMillan
Being a woman is being the mother, the wife, the queen, and Goddess – Sarah Misciali
To be amazing. Almost superhuman – Paula
Be Confident – Manuela Rana
It means to be stronger than men. It means to go through difficult moments in our lives. But in the end, it’s worth it. We’re art in every shape – Laura Fernanda
What kind of women or feminine figures (even fictional) motivate you?
I would say a woman who is so consistent with the things she’s passionate about. Confident women that aren’t scared to hear something bad about them because at the end they know who they are – Laura Fernanda
The easy answer to this question is a list of women who have achieved notable accolades such as politicians, artists, athletes, and businesswomen, those who have shattered overt glass ceilings. I find it so hard to choose at that level, as there are so many amazing accomplishments and wonderful stories to be shared. On a personal level, I feel a lot of my daily motivation comes from women who are bold in their choices and actions within my own community; I often look to them for inspiration. The Founder of Canadian charity Up With Women is named Lia Grimanis and she is an excellent example of a woman in my own community, who not only runs an important charity but also holds a Guinness Book World Record for pulling a jumbo jet. She is a mom and an inspiration. She motivates me to give back, do more, and help others – Hillary MacMillan
Women who are not afraid to stand up for what is right. Women who are ok with being vulnerable and as well as being strong – Paula
Eleanor Roosevelt, Frida Kahlo – Manuela Rana
What makes a woman “remarkable” in the fashion industry?
Always have your touch at the end, and if it does not match for someone else or it doesn’t make sense for someone else then who cares because it’s how you like it – Laura Fernanda
I think that the fashion industry can be tricky sometimes and from what I’ve learned women can find themselves in situations where they have to decide from integrity or ambition, I admire who sees this and doesn’t even think twice and choose their well-being – Sarah Misciali
What’s one adjective that could describe the modern “femme fatale” (a woman who’s considered dangerous for her bold choices and looks)
Profound – Hillary MacMillan
Woke – Sarah Misciali
Iconic – Laura Fernanda
Confident! – Manuela Rana
Go-getter – Paula