Thursday, July 24, 2014

Why Elle Woods is the Ultimate Role Model

Some of you may be thrown off by the title of this post. I get it–– when you think of Legally Blonde, you think of pink and glitter and dogs in purses. You probably don't think of what a kickass role model Elle Woods is.

But bear with me here–– Elle Woods can teach us all some valuable life lessons.

You need to be your number one fan

Elle didn't have a lot of people in her corner when she decided to go to law school, and that's life. Sometimes you're going to want to do things, and people will tell you that you can't accomplish them. But what did Elle do? She proved them wrong, because she had faith in herself. So don't wait for someone else to tell you that you can do it–– at risk of sounding like a Nike ad, just do it. 

Don't get too caught up in what people think of you

Throughout my school career, people have made certain assumptions about me. In high school, it was that a cheerleader couldn't be in an honors class. In college, it was that a sorority girl couldn't possibly also be an intellectual. People will constantly try to tell you that you can't love fashion, or watch E! news, and still be able to talk politics or pull a 4.0. Elle Woods kicks those outdated stereotyping attitudes in the ass by being a genius lawyer who also happens to know her designers. Who cares what anyone else thinks?

Sometimes, the guy isn't worth the trouble

Elle's Harvard journey may have started because of a guy, but it evolves to so much more than that. Realizing that her ex-boyfriend wasn't the end-all-be-all she'd thought he was turned out to be a real lesson in self-worth for Elle, and watching her go through that taught tons of movie-goers that it's better to better yourself for you than to impress someone else.

Hard work pays off–– big time

Elle never expected to have anything handed to her. From the moment she decided to go to law school, she studied her ass off to get in. And once she was in, she worked even harder to secure her dream internship. Good things don't happen to people just because they're lucky, they happen because those people are working hard every day to get there. 

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