My Top Ten Unofficial Disney Princesses

On December 21st, it will be seventy-eight years since the realise of the company’s first full length animation film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Throughout this time, the studios has seen many up’s and down’s with its theatrical realises, and direct-to-video films and sequels. Currently, Disney is at its highest peak since their realise of Frozen in Christmas 2013. Through some of these films, there have been some iconic female characters who have been created princesses of their own right. Princesses like Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora and their latest princesses Anna and Elsa. But what about those who aren’t princesses? Don’t they deserve to be princesses too?

So in honour of the women who didn’t make the cut, I’ll be posting my first top ten countdown of my favourite unofficial Disney princesses. This countdown is based on only female Disney characters who didn’t make to the official princesses lists because of box office flops, non-humans, didn’t make a lot of money on theatrical realise or because they haven’t starred in their own main feature films.

So here they are; my top ten:

  1. Maid Marian (from the 1973 film, Robin Hood)

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A relative to the English Royal family (niece to King Richard as matter of fact), best friend to her lady-in-waiting, Lady Kluck and the love interest of England’s greatest hero, Robin Hood, it seems to me that Maid Marian is the perfect candidate to be ranked as a Disney Princess. The only problem? She’s a vixen! Now, how can Disney disregard Maid Marian as a “princess” if she’s a member of the dog family, as is Robin Hood? Also, Robin Hood did well at the time of it’s realise; however, the film received mixed reviews decades after. Is that the reason why she is not classified as a princess in the Disney genre?

What puts Maid Marian in the number ten spot is her spirit, dreams of finding love, and making things right with her Robin and is very kind. So, do Disney need to re-think twice or do the critics need to change their minds about Robin and his Maid Marian?

  1. Giselle (from the 2007 film, Enchanted)

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She’s the second transformative, modern Disney character since Mulan to change her ways – from being a damsel in distress to become a true heroine. Giselle is also a beautiful, happy, kind and (in my opinion) adorable. So why isn’t Giselle an official Disney princess?

Well, Giselle was really, really close to becoming one; that is until she was dissed by Disney lawyers that the studios said they had to pay Amy Adam royalties for using her likeness in the film. So what resulted in this was disapproval and Giselle being taken off the princess list. However, Giselle is still a fan favourite and at this moment, a squeal is in its early stages of development! So it looks like we’ll being seen Giselle sometime soon.

  1. Melody (from the 2000 sequel, The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea)

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Melody is a daughter of an official princess, Ariel, and a royal prince, Eric and the granddaughter of King Triton; this means that her claim as a princess is really strong as she is related to both royal families of the land and seas. If she was an official Disney princess, Melody would have been the youngest princess on the list. If only there weren’t three problems.

  • The Little Mermaid 2 didn’t do really well and received negative reviews from critics
  • The second was the film, being a direct-to-video squeal
  • This is a possible one – Melody’s age. In the film, Melody is twelve years old while all the Disney princesses are between sixteen and twenty-one years old. Could this be an issue since Disney thought Melody was too young to be a princess?
  1. Wendy Darling (from the 1953 film, Peter Pan)

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She’s not a royal, but she is a major character in Peter Pan. So why is Wendy not an official princess?

Is it because of the reviews? No. Peter Pan did well on its theatrical realise and gained positive reviews.

Is it her physical appearance? No. Wendy is prefect as she is; young or not.

Was she involved in radical stereotypes? No. Although Tiger Lily was due to the film’s mocking of Native Americans at the time.

So why is Wendy not a Disney princess? You can blame Tinkerbell for this one.

Upon the films realise, Tinkerbell overshadowed Wendy by taking her spotlight as a favourite female lead. So I guess that makes Wendy the completely forgotten Disney princess. Too bad; Wendy could have been a sensation but she still is in my eyes. 😉

  1. Nala (from the 1994 film, The Lion King)

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Upon The Lion King’s realise, it became one of the highest grossing animated films of all time before it was knocked to third place by Frozen and Toy Story 3! L

So why isn’t Nala on the list? Like Marian, she’s not a human; she’s a lioness.

But I love Nala because of her kindness, fun attitude and her loyalty to Simba. Who can argue with that?

  1. Kida Nedakh (from the 2001 film, Atlantis: The Lost Empire)

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She is a princess by birth (like Princess Aurora) and expectably beautiful.

However, Kida isn’t an official princess because she becomes Queen after the death of her father (towards the end of the movie) and Atlantis was a flop at the box office. Still, she had a squeal but that didn’t do too well either…

  1. Lilo Pelekai (from the 2002 film, Lilo and Stitch)

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Lilo is an adventurous, free-spirited, dysfunctional girl who always gets into trouble. She’s also an outsider because she doesn’t fit in with other girls. Lilo is a unique and inspirational character who is well loved because we can all relate to her.

I’m not entirely sure why Lilo isn’t a Disney princess but I believe it maybe because of her age, like Melody and Wendy. Or is there another reason? Who knows…

  1. Kiara (from the 1998 sequel, The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride)

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Like Melody and Kida, Kiara is a princess by birth and has a strong calm. Kiara isn’t an official princess for a couple of reasons:

  • She’s a lioness (like her mother, Nala)
  • The second Lion King movie is a direct-to-video squeal
  • The movie didn’t so well, as it received negative reviews from critics.

I guess, mother and daughter aren’t having too much luck with popularity, or success either.

But in my opinion, Kiara is beautiful and strong willing; just the prefect princess, and an inspiration to young girls and women everywhere. 🙂

  1. Ting-Ting, Su and Mei (from the 2005 sequel, Mulan 2)

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Okay, Disney have made a very weird choice on this one. While the first Mulan film was a huge success and Mulan was declared an official princess (even though she isn’t a princess by right or by marriage; she’s a princess because of her heroism and bravery – I see no problem with Mulan being a princess because she’s a real inspiration ), Mulan 2, and Ting-Ting, Su and Mei were not.

Ting-Ting, Su and Mei are princesses by birth because they are daughters to the Emperor. However, these three beautiful women haven’t made it to the list for two reasons:

  • The film was a direct-to-video (and DVD) sequel)
  • Mulan 2 was a flop and it received negative reviews

It’s a real shame because I really love these three princesses, especially Mei who is a sweet character in my eyes. 🙂

  1. Jane Porter (from the 1999 film Tarzan)

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Ever since I can remember, I had a huge thing for Jane; I really love her; I look up to her as my inspiration and I wish she was my big sister. I also had a huge crush on Tarzan because, come on, he’s super cute and boiling hot. He just makes me want to drool…

Anyway, back to Jane. Why isn’t she a Disney princess?

The film did really well at the box office; in fact it was a massive success, like The Lion King, there were no battles between female characters and the film was very clean (in reference to stereotypes). So, what’s the real reason Jane isn’t a princess?

Like Giselle, Jane was so close to become a Disney princess; she even appeared on the front cover of the official Disney princess magazine in the UK!

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Issue #18 of “Disney’s Princess” magazine, where Jane Porter is on the front cover

The other reasons that Jane isn’t a Disney princess is because that her dress is the same as Belle’s dress (which was really confusing), because Tarzan is the King of the Jungle and due to a lawsuit by Burroughs’ family estate, Disney isn’t allowed to make any further Tarzan movie series and television shows (sorry Legend of Tarzan fans), following the direct-to-video squeal, Tarzan 2.

But another reason for Jane not being a Disney princess is Tarzan’s family.

When Tarzan was a baby, his real parents were murdered by a leopard and was adopted into the clan by Kala, the alpha female. When he grows up, he becomes the alpha male and leader of his clan.

So does Tarzan’s adoption have anything to do with Jane, as an unofficial princess? I’m not too sure on this one.

But, what if Burroughs’ family estate was okay with Disney, marketing Jane as an official Disney princess? Should Disney re-official Jane as a princess, even though she’s a Queen. Just like they did with Elsa from Frozen?!

Re think this one, Disney; with all of your unofficial princesses. Please, for the sake of your fans. 🙂

So, there you have it. Those are my top ten unofficial princesses.

Who are your favourite unofficial Disney Princesses? Also, do you think Disney should re think, change their minds about re-officiating their unofficial princesses and treat them as equals by letting these ladies becoming princesses in their own right?

That’s all for now; I’ll try and upload more poetry and favourite quotes tonight, but I have to up early again tomorrow.

Hopefully, I’ll see you soon.

Gigi. Xxx

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Blog Update: Guest Bloggers Wanted!!!!!

Hiya, everyone.

I’ve realised I haven’t posted anything for two days. I apologise for my absence; I had to help out at Drama school. But, I’m back. Yay!!!!!

Anyway, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. Since I regularly post other people’s blogs, I decided to invite guest bloggers to blog on my blog. Starting from this month, I’m going to realise a new WordPress title page (or channel, in blogging terms – I’m not sure what’s the actual term for this) called GuestAholic Month. The aim for GuestAholic Month is to give fellow and new bloggers a chance to post on my channel, on the second week of each month. But, that’s not all; I am open for anyone to either publish posts on their own or with me. I will be very happy to make my contribution with you guys too. All posts are welcome.

If you want to participate, comment in the comment’s section down below. I will get back to you as soon as I can. 🙂

Can Music Bring People Together? And What’s Your Favourite Music, Artist and Song?

They say that communities, schools, clubs and Universities bring people together; friendships are made through these connections, sometimes lasting forever.

But what about music? Does it fit into the same categories? Well, it does.

Last week, I had a moment at Drama school where my friends and I were in our dressing room, waiting for our queue to go on stage. I was bored, so I started to watch YouTube videos on my mobile phone. Then, I began to research music; old school music. Suddenly, I listened to songs from my favourite childhood band S Club 7. Not long after, one of my friends asked me what I was listening too. And before I knew it, I took my headphones out, turned the volume up loud and were singing along until we were called to the stage. We had other students looking at us; some with confused looks and others with interest. But we didn’t care. We carried on and on.

sclub 260107 S Club 7 was my favourite childhood band and one of the first pop bands that got me into modern music and celebrity life; they even taught me about Endangered Wildlife, through one of their Children’s shows, “S Club 7 Go Wild!” They’ve showed me that anything is possible and helped me go through tough times; way a go, guys. 🙂

A lot of my friends at Drama school like the same artists as I do; Jessie J, Spice Girls, Black Eyed Peas, Busted, etc. And sometimes, we would like the same songs! (Which is pretty awesome. 🙂 )

When I have looked at the world today, I’ve realised that music has changed a lot. If you had lived back as far as Medieval times, you could only listen to music in religious places. But properly before the early 20th century, some types of music were restricted to different cultures since radio and television weren’t invented yet. Today, music doesn’t exclude cultures to listen to their own music; there are many people listening to different genres of music – Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock n’ Roll, Musical Theatre, Indian, African, Country, you name it. So without music, there would be no community.

I will know leave you with my favourite songs and artists and I would like to know what you’re favourite songs and artists in the comments section below. I would love to share with your opinions and who knows, maybe we may share the same songs.

My Favourite Girl Band/s: Girl’s Aloud, The Saturdays & Spice Girls

My Favourite Boy Band/s: McFly, Busted, Queen, & Take That

My Favourite Mixed Gender Band: S Club 7

My Favourite Solo Male Artists: Gary Barlow, Michael Bublé, Elton John & Ronan Keating

My Favourite Solo Female Artists: Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Rachel Stevens & Kelly Clarkson

My Favourite Songs: Happy by Pharrell Williams, You by S Club 7, Domino by Jessie J, We Will Rock You by Queen, These Days by Take That & Hallejuah Song by Julianne Hough

My Favourite Happy Songs: Alive by S Club 7, Dancing In The Street by Martha and The Vandellas & Spice Up Your Life by Spice Girls

My Favourite Sad Song: Because of You by Kelly Clarkson

My Favourite Celebration Song: Celebration by Kool & The Gang

My Favourite Inspirational Songs: The Whole World Is Watching by Within Temptation & Dave Pirner, Bring It All Back by S Club 7, Who You Are by Jessie J, Let In the Sun by Take That & Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy  

My Favourite Birthday Song: Birthday by Katy Perry

My Favourite Love Songs: With You by Ronan Keating, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams, Truly by Lionel Richie, True Colours by Phil Collins & Cindy Lauper, Hungry Eyes by Eric Carmen, Glory of Love by Peter Cetera, Amazed by Lonestar, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship, & Time of My Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

My Favourite Musical Song: Defying Gravity from Wicked (I really, really like India Menzel’s and Kerry Ellis’ own versions too)

My Favourite Opera Song: Faust’s The Jewel Song

My Favourite Childhood TV/Movie Songs: You’ll Be In My Heart & Strangers Like Me by Phil Collins, When A Mermaid Comes of Age (from the 1975 film “The Little Mermaid”) & Colours of the Wind by Vanessa Williams

My Favourite Religious Song: Amazing Grace

My Favourite Instrumental Song: Storms In Africa by Enya 

My Favourite Mediation Song: Book Of Days by Enya

My Favourite Disco Songs: 5,6,7,8 by Steps, Tell Me Ma by Sham Rock, Oops Upside Your Head by The Gap Band, Grease Megamix, Saturday Night by Whigfield, Macarena by Los del Rio, Stop by Spice Girls and Reach by S Club 7

My Favourite Song I Have Sung In Karaoke: Mercy by Duffy

My Favourite Oldie Songs: Crocodile Rock by Elton John (the original version; sorry Gnomeo and Juliet fans), My Destiny All Night Long by Lionel Richie, We Built This City by Starship, I Wish by Stevie Wonder, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Sister Act 2 Version), We Will Rock You by Queen, Uptown Girl by Billy Joel & I Love Rock n’ Roll by Joan Jett

My Favourite New Songs (early 2000’s): Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars, Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding, Let In The Sun by Take That, Shake It Off Enchanted by Taylor Swift, All Fired Up 30 Days by The Saturdays, Uptown Girl by Westlife, Star Girl by McFly, Year 3000 by Busted & You’re My Number One by S Club 7

Are Children’s Games Excluding?

Note: This is an old article I wrote last term for Drama school; my class were focusing on including and excluding subjects that the world suffers and in our spare time, we were asked to research and send information that are either inclusive or excluding. I’ve chosen many subjects and some, I’ve written in articles. This is the first I have put online but I’ll see how it goes before I’ll post some more.  

When I was a young girl, I remember going to after-school events, classes and holiday workshops like Girl Guides and school productions. Although I liked the activities they did, my favourite thing was to play games. However, what I didn’t realise was how some of my favourite childhood games were excluding. I was pretty shocked about this situation and I’m still shocked that these kinds of prejudice still exist today.

In one lesson on Developing Inclusion Children’s Theatre, my class peers and I did various exercises on inclusion and excluding activities for Children’s and Youth Theatre Workshops; most of them used original games like “Musical Chairs” as examples for activities that are excluding, then tried to alternate them so the games are inclusive for everyone. Afterwards, we had discussions about them, as a whole year group. And it is their discussions that have inspired me to write this article and explain why some of my favourite games are excluding.

I have been excluded by some of these games but I choose five because, I believe they can exclude an entire group, not just individuals themselves.

  • Duck, Duck, Goose – It is a traditional game that children first learn in nursery or reception at school, but what makes this game excluding? While the rules are simple, playing the game isn’t. Duck, Duck, Goose isn’t a fair game to play because children will often pick their close friends to be the ones chasing them and what about the children in wheelchairs? The chairs won’t be able to come out of the circle or chase after their peers. This is completely unfair for them because they won’t get a chance to join in and have fun.
  • Splat – Otherwise known as Bang, this game was a personal favourite at the Girl Guides. This was the first game (I didn’t know at first) I came to realise that was excluding. Not only the leader chooses who the splatter is, but the person who’s the splatter chooses who gets splatted and who is out. The peers have to be quick ducking and splatting opponents, otherwise they are out, until there are two people remaining. Children will often get jealous when they see an individual winning a game and this can lead to arguments.
  • Fruit Salad – It is very creative and a good learning game to teach children how to eat healthily (in my opinion). But, it is excluding because the leader, again, chooses a player to lead the game, divide their peers into groups and calls on the names of fruit to change places, separately, despite a few chances when everyone will stand up and find chairs to sit on.
  • The Name Game – It’s a great way to get to know your peers names. However, this is excluding in many different ways; what I’m interested in is the physically within the game. Again, it is a problem for wheelchair users. While other children can happily free use action moves to go with their name, they will not be able to. They’ll be stuck, only having to say just their name rather joining in with creative actions when it’s their turn.
  • Runner Beans – It is another physical game (and it used to make me giggle a lot when I used to play it). But like “Splat”, it is excluding because there is only one person who would lead the game; in other words, the leader. Then, the children would have to listen to instructions like “French Beans” or “Baked Beans” and copy each other, acting out the beans, using their bodies. These include lying down, flat on the floor or jogging on the spot like athletes. It is a huge problem for wheelchair users because they won’t be able to appreciate at all.

It is disgraceful that most theatre companies and well-known after-school events allow to teach children excluding others. It shows that even we are living in the modern world, we are failing behind on equality and fairness for all children and young people. We are also letting down future generations by not doing anything to resolve these situations.

In my opinion, teachers should, like my peers did in the Development lesson, alternate the games and make them different in order to make them inclusive. For example, they could have three splatters in a game of “Splat”. Also, instead of making people sit down they are splat, the leader could allow the children to be splatters themselves. In one way, it is better because everyone is included and it’ll help to strengthen the children’s team work skills. Hopefully, in time, a movement like this will happen everywhere and people will come to realise how excluding we had become and it’ll be possible to change all of this.

Dream Adventures and Expeditions

Like any young person, I dream to travel the world, learn about new cultures and make new friends. Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve been (in my spare time) researching the Internet, reading books, writing bucket lists and random stuff about travelling.

However, I feel my Autism and Drama studies are in the way. It’s really hard because I have to concrete on my work, as I’m working full time and I don’t have the proper social skills to be prepared; my Mum says I can’t travel independently since I’m not good on buses, trains or taxis if I am on my own. But, I can walk to the local shops near where I live and near Drama school; sometimes I can, but not too far. If I do, I have to walk with a group of friends or my learning motor. It’s frustrating because I see my friends travelling all by themselves, while I’m stuck having public transport or my parents taking me places. I’m learning how to drive at the moment, but will it give me independence? It makes sad as well because I hear my friends making plans to travel aboard in groups and there’s me; the “boring girl” who either stays at home or goes on holiday with family every Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays.

A lot of people think I’m normal and don’t guess that I’m Autistic, unless I tell them or my parents tell them (*EMBARRASSING MOMENT*). It makes me feel comfortable because I know I may be accepted into a group of friends, instead of them thinking I’m some kind of loser who is Autistic and she can’t do anything.

I’m not giving up though; I try and convince my parents to help me travel on public transport on my own or with a group of people. But, I either forget, busy or my parents say “No”. In the meantime, I will keep planning and planning.

As well as world travelling, I’ve been in an expedition, partially scientific. Science isn’t my strongest subject; I like Biology, but I’m more into it than Chemistry and Physics. I like to look at animals, plants, collect samples and do something special like plant a tree. The last time I did something like this was five years ago when I was in Sixth Form (or Senior’s for US followers) when I planted about three trees with a couple of students in a new woodland area, near my old school. I haven’t done anything since.

I want to go in the summer, but I’ve booked a holiday to the OneWorld Festival so I may have to wait next year or a few years. Next year, I graduate Drama school but I have a choice; I can either study an extra year, receiving a BA Degree or I can go off into the big wide world. So, I guess it’ll have to wait for a while.

As many of you guys know, my dream holiday for travelling is Africa but I would really love to travel other places too. So, I have made a list of the places I want to go and what I want to do there:

  • Whale and Dolphin Spotting in California, USA: Whale and Dolphin spotting along the broad beaches in Southern California will be amazing to do. Not only, I would get a chance to see them, I would help researchers into why the whales are being threatened over dangers such as pollution and heavy shipping traffic.
  • Archaeological Dig in Peru: I’ve always wanted to go on an archaeological dig in Peru; however according to my research, there’s an expedition in Huyro, Lucumayo Valley where there is an opportunity to investigate and map out the ancient road network, while working alongside Peruvian archaeologists. Sounds like fun, expect I may have to travel between April and October because between November and February, it’ll be the rainy season. I can live with that, I guess.
  • Teaching Drama to Children in Romania: Performing at Drama school myself, I have always wanted to give back, in return to what my teachers had taught me. And what better way to do that than teaching a Drama class in Romania! Volunteers would be able to lead workshops, coach drama groups and help students to prepare local performance productions in Brasov. However, there’s a slight problem; I’m not a leader (at the moment) and I’m not brilliant at leading groups. But, that might change – it depends if I’m confident enough or not.
  • Work on a Conversation Project in Kenya’s African Savannah: My first African dream trip – the project is in the Kigio Wildlife Reserve. There’ll be opportunities to do some wildlife research, including doing mircro-ecology (studying the gut or stomach) of the Rothschild’s Giraffe. Not sure about this one because I’m not into blood and guts.
  • Volunteer as a Journalist in Cape Town: Sounds an interesting project to take on; if it was to happen, I would be able to work with other volunteers, with a magazine company called the Cape Chameleon. I would also work on another magazine, which is an online global journal called the Voices of the World, which encourages 16 to 25 year olds to express ideas and exchange stories. The only query I have to this is that do I need have a qualification or an interest in Journalism? I have published a few stuff in my school magazine, plus my blog but is that going to be enough?
  • Going on a Riverboat Exploration in the Amazon: In the Amazonian rainforests (in North Eastern Peru), there’ll be a change to help and seeking endangered wildlife, including macaws, primates, otters and bats. However, I HATE piranhas, which is one of the animals that volunteers should be working with. ARGH!
  • What is happening to the Chimpanzee’s in Uganda? Let’s Investigate: That’ll be something I want to solve. This is my last Africa dream trip destination for now. I’ve been fascinated by Chimps for a few years now and like all animals, I believe that saving them from extinction is vitally important. These chimps are living in the rainforests of Uganda and we get to support both chimps and farmers, so they can work together for the chimps to live in peace.

And finally:

  • Australia’s Kola Country: Like working with the chimps in Uganda, volunteers get to work on why climate change is causing change in their natural habit. This project is set in the Great Otway National Park in Victoria.

Well, these are my dream expeditions; hopefully I’ll get to do them but in the meantime, I’ll wait and see. And plan; plan a lot.

So what do you guys think? What is your favourite holiday destination or expedition? Please let me know in the comments section below; I would love to hear from you guys. 🙂

Blogging Site Update :)

Hi, everyone; Gigi here.

I hope everyone is having good spring weather (or late-winter, as it is in the UK).

First, I want to apologise for not blogging a few days; I’ve been really busy with Drama school. At the moment, we are in our final days until the first night of 12 Angry Men. I’ve been attending a lot of rehearsals, which meant I spent a lot of time off my computer. However, I have a day off today so it gives me plenty of time to catch up on stuff I’ve been missing. (Yay! 🙂 )

But, I may be off for a few days this week, as the show runs from Thursday to Sunday this week, plus I have Tech and Dress rehearsals tomorrow and Wednesday. But in the meantime, please feel free to have a look and read my other posts. I would love to hear from you guys.

The second reason why I haven’t been blogging is because I’m in the process of writing my first novel. However, I have been sworn to secretly until it is near completion; it might take a few years but we’ll see how it goes. Plus, I’m unsure what to do with it afterwards. I’ll try and keep you guys updated as soon as I can.

While I’ve been off, I’ve been getting emails (from WordPress) of you fantastic articles – poetry, articles, even pictures. They all look marvellous; I know I may never get a chance to comment on them but they are wonderful. I cannot wait to see and read more of them in the future.

Well, that’s all I have for now. I’ll try and publish new blogs up today, but I don’t know how it’ll go.

Best wishes,

Gigi. 🙂 xx

What Is An Average Twenty-First Woman?

Who? What? Where? When? Why? These are the five questions we use to answer in our everyday lives. But when it comes to women, we all wonder about the history of women in turn of this century.

Who are we? What is our purpose? Where did we come from? When did we become modern women? Why did we become equal with men? It seems that today, modern women are appearing in many different places in the Western world, but not all over the globe. Why is this? What is stopping them?

For centuries, women have only been allowed to given one job application; a housewife. They were forbidden to be equal like men. Cause of this, they were treated poorly, some of the men were allowed to abuse their wives because they were allowed to. Sadly, this still goes on in third world countries and these women are powerless to stop it.

However in the Western world, it seems that the women there are doing more than just baking bread. According to British recent study, women are found to be childless when they reach the age of forty-five. Some of them would either plan to get married and have children later in life or decide to remain single and childless. This has become a growing trend because there are so many opportunities for women these days.

Although, most women are lucky to be in this position, it is sad to think of those who aren’t; in the last century, many women have fought for their freedom and rights, such as voting in elections. But, there have been those who are trying to make a difference and I take my hats off to them. Their bravery and courage have given women confidence in themselves, with hope and belief that all women, worldwide, will be free from slavery, abuse and rules (by those who defy women’s rights).

Women have a voice, a voice to be heard, so they can make history. I know I want to; I certainly want to my sister folk to stand up, for the equality of women everyone. I don’t care what anyone says, heck, I would prove them wrong by saying, “I am a sophisticated woman and I am darn proud of it!”

Like many shy women, I’m learning to come out of my shell and to prove this, I’ve written down five reasons points that’ll help me become a modern woman:

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No”: If someone is going to be judgemental or doing something you don’t want them to do, just tell them. You have a right to be heard and say what you feel, but, be careful. Some words can hurt a person’s feelings; go with your gut instincts and know your right from wrong. Only do it when it’s appropriate and be calm. No one likes to end up in a fight. I know I wouldn’t.
  2. Plan, Work Hard and Have Faith in Yourself: If you have a dream you want to come true, don’t fantasize over it in your mind. Just go ahead and make a start! I have a lot of plans in my mind and thinking of achieving them. All you have to do is plan, work and imagine yourself that you are already at the finish line. You’ll feel really good about it in the future.
  3. Feel Comfortable With Yourself: Everyone is different; some may dress in jeans, some want to dye their hair and some want to take on different career paths. And it’s okay – no one is going to stop you, even when people tell you shouldn’t. Life’s too short to “fit in”; you can do that by simply being yourself.
  4. Make Either a Bucket List or Targets for Yourself: When’s the last time you have planned to go on holiday or made a difference to the world? If not, why not? It’s never too late to write down the things you want to do, go or want you want to achieve. And once you’ve it, be proud. Who knows, you may get noticed and others may be inspired by you do. Please don’t do anything too crazy because you may regret it.
  5. Be Happy With Yourself: Even when you are having a bad day, there is no reason to be sad about certain things. If you are feeling low, why not do something you love to pick you up again; dancing, listening to your favourite positive song, creative writing or treat yourself to a special treat. A friend of mine, once said that everyone has their own special bubble. She’s right; the bubble is your personal space and if someone tries to burst it, just walk away from them and the situation. They’re not worth it at the end of the day.

I’m afraid that’s all I have for this article, but I’ll finish this quote:

 

No matter who you are,

No matter what you did,

No matter where you’ve come from,

You can always become a better version of yourself.

~ Madonna

You can make a change and you can make it happen; all it takes is confidence, determination and belief in yourself. Power to the people, power to the women and power for women’s rights.

© 2015