Generally, all that stuff I listed above is seen by a lot of people as frivolous. And sure, I'll grant you: reading Harper's Bazaar isn't the same as reading classic literature or the New York Times business section. But here's where I think people get stuck: intellect and a love of the things society has deemed "frivolous" don't have to be mutually exclusive.
ELLE magazine recently published an essay by novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie entitled "Why Can't A Smart Woman Love Fashion?" and I'm of the opinion that it should be required reading for anyone with a pulse. In it, Adichie talks about the years she spent dulling down her personal style in order to be taken more seriously. Sadly, I think that's something women, and people in general experience a lot, whether it's their sense of style or something else they hide to be perceived as more academic or intellectual.
|Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie|
As I have mentioned about a million times at this point, I think Mindy Kaling is a fantastic role model. She is killing it career-wise, and she also just seems like the kind of person who would be really fun to hang out with. And if you check out her Instagram, it also happens to be chock full of pictures of pretty dresses and celebrities. Does any of that take away from her professional success? No. If Kaling can be Ivy League educated and put those brains to work in the entertainment industry, more power to her. We need more smart, funny people contributing to what the public watches. Steve Carell put it best when he described Mindy:
"Mindy is exceptionally smart, but is not afraid to talk about nail polish. And yet her love of nail polish does not take away from her smartness. In a perfect world, she would take my SATs for me, and then we would go to the mall together."