When many females my age are asked the question, “Who is your favorite icon?” they may say individuals like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, or even Michelle Obama. But, not me… Reese Witherspoon has been my female inspiration ever since she put PINK back in the spotlight in Legally Blonde. Yes, I am a huge fan of “chick flicks” that are full of romance, fashion, and fun, but that is not why Mrs. Witherspoon is on top of my favorite list. This woman proves that you can be a Hollywood figure and not have a negative name. She is career focused, but at the same time, has made her children the center of her world. You never see her in public wearing provocative clothing, clubbing at all hours of the night, or intoxicated making an idiot of herself. If you have ever noticed her in paparazzi photos, she is either running, attending events, working out, going out to dinner, or shopping.
And, the fact that Reese is a Southerner from Tennessee makes me like her even more. I may be from the bootheel of Missouri, but I consider myself a true Southerner. Southern people are known for their manners, good country food, and of course… the accent. Who wouldn’t want to be Southern? If individuals want to make fun of me because of my accent, go right ahead. It is part of who I am, and I wouldn’t change that for anything!!!
In a nutshell, Reese shows that you can be a career woman, and still have time for family and appropriate fun. It is all about balance, and that is something I am still learning daily! So, I want to thank Reese for being a working example for me and making the balance look so easy and cool!!!