Saturday, December 11, 2010

Diana, Emma, Lauren and Joanne

I like these women. Well, I like their public persona (I don't actually know them). They're well-spoken and are good at what they do. I love watching interviews and documentaries about or relating to them. They're clever about their answers to questions and don't say vague, general or cliche things. I like listening to what they have to say. I'm not an obsessive fan that I'd Wikipedia and delve into their private life.


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Diana Frances, Princess of Wales

I knew next to nothing about her till a few days ago. My sister, Donna, is quite the fan of the Royal Family and so she drew my attention to Diana. I watched a 5-part interview video on YouTube and I loved how she spoke - her tone, her manner, her content. Personally, I didn't like the interviewer. He seemed harsh in an indirect way. But she kept her composure and and spoke about personal issues that many would rather not discuss. I guess she knew as an important public figure, she had to talk about those issues. Like her bulimia, self-harm, marriage etc. She was very smart about her answers even when I thought the questions were getting annoying and repetitive.


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Emma Watson, Actress

I've watched a few interviews of her and it's taken me a while to stop seeing Hermione and start seeing Emma (I'm sure we all have this problem). The questions she's asked are always the same (mostly regarding any romance between her and her co-stars on the Harry Potter films, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint) but she was cool about it and made jokes about it. She's silly sometimes. I reckon she's sick of answering the same questions and giving the same answer time and time again. She's quirky and intelligent.

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Lauren Conrad,  Celebutante, Author and Fashion Designer
She's one of the most level-headed reality television show stars I know. She's not a sheep. She's smart. She doesn't take nonsense and she doesn't dilly-dally (from what I see). When she's on the show The Hills she's not dense or make overly stupid decisions. She doesn't create unnecessary drama about petty things. She left the show after the producers kept pressuring her to do certain things for the show (for instance, patch things up with Heidi, her former best friend who she's no longer speaking to)*. She's sincere and doesn't say what others want to hear. She's also got a really good sense of fashion (understatement of the year).

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J.K Rowling, Novelist
She answers what she's asked. And when she goes off on a tangent, she always comes back to the question to make sure it's answered. I like it when people do that. It ties things up nicely. She's honest and says things some people avoid saying. Like having lots of money has done many good things for her. Her story of rags to riches is fascinating and I love her sincerity. She's also an inspiration to those who accept failure as a permanent state of being to get up, get through and get far.  

"So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."


*Amy could probably correct me if I'm mistaken

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