As the world turns and churns out new overwhelming life challenges, there is a new spin being placed upon female escapism and fantasy heroism.
We all need to escape sometimes.
In times past, women dreamed of being Cinderella, an under-appreciated girl whose life is transformed by meeting a handsome Prince who was spellbound by her at a regal ball.
The word Cinderella has, by analogy, come to mean one whose attributes were unrecognized, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect.
Her story is consistent with many Princess fables and modern takes on Cinderella tales where a women has not met her potential on her own, and seems incapable of it, thus she needs the help of a handsome and usually wealthy man to change her life, as did Julia Robert’s character in the film Pretty Woman.
Well times and fantasies are changing for today’s women who often, through the power of the Internet, can create herself into whatever heroine she desires.
It’s simply up to her creativity and passion.
She doesn’t have to dream, fantasize and wait for a handsome prince to change her life.
A handsome over achieving male might supplement it?
Well, that is a story for another time.
Examples of the new female life changing fantasy aspirations and escapism is often found online and still on screen.
The difference between the past and now is the pathway.
Bloggers, Vloggers, YouTubers, Instagram Stars and Social Media Influencers are the new heroines and often there is not a man in sight. She doesn’t need anyone to save her.
She is an electronic trailblazer.
She is a trendsetter.
She is a millionaire.
Would you like to meet one of today’s heroines?
Sure you do. By the way. She’s only 26 years old.
Safiya was one of the founders of Ladylike, a popular Buzzfeed video series that brings female producers together to try out different products and compete in challenges. They amassed a tremendous following. Desiring to have more control over her destiny, Safiya left Buzzfeed and decided to strike out on her own.
Her results have been impressive.
Since leaving the media giant, Safiya amassed nearly 8 million subscribers on YouTube and 1.7 million followers on Instagram. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbAwSkqJ1W_Eg7wr3cp5BUA
That our friends is a heroine’s journey.
On that pathway she offers her fans videos that chronicle her day-to-day life along with dynamic videos that experiment with makeup and beauty trends.
According to Social Blade, our heroine’s channel likely hauls in around $2 million a year. Currently, her net worth is estimated to be approximately $2.4 million.
You never know how far you can go until you push yourself as far as you can.
This brings us to another trail blazing heroine.
When you think of the avenging angel Batman franchise, the image of a male hero clothed in black, swinging across rooftops at night to fight crime often comes to mind.
If a female is involved in that narrative, she is most likely named Cat Woman.
Now the narrative has changed. A female is still involved but the series has evolved.
Her name today is Batwoman.
Three years after billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne and his vigilante alter-ego Batman disappeared, his cousin Kate Kane sets out to overcome her demons and become a symbol of hope by protecting the streets of Gotham City as Batwoman.
Similar to our first heroine Safiya, Ruby Rose is and has been a Social Media star for some time.
Ruby Rose, is an Australian model, DJ, boxer, recording artist, actress, television presenter, and MTV VJ.
Ms. Rose emerged in the media spotlight as a presenter on MTV Australia, followed by several high-profile modelling projects, most notably as the face of Maybelline New York in Australia.
In addition to her modeling career, she has co-hosted various television shows, namely Australia’s Next Top Model and The Project on Network Ten.
Her resume is extremely impressive.
Ruby had a small role in the drama Around the Block (2013), and came to North American fame for starring in seasons three and four of the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.
She also starred in major roles in the action films Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016), xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017), and John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), and the musical comedy Pitch Perfect 3 (2017), and will appear in the film The Meg (2018), based on the novel of the same name. In August 2018, Rose was cast as Kate Kane / Batwoman in The CW’s Arrowverse.
“It’s so reassuring to have a woman heroine who triumphs with more than just what she has on the outside… who has more to offer the world than just a pretty picture.”…America Ferrera
Our heroine has been incredibly busy.
Doing it herself. Not waiting to be saved.
What about you?
It times past, many women dreamed of being saved from an average or undesirable situation.
As the legendary singer Janis Ian sang in her timeless hit, Seventeen, the gorgeous women married young and then retired. Saved by the financially well-off Prince charming.
Given the limitations of that time period and how women were viewed by the society they lived in, they often accepted their fate.
Prince charming rarely came along.
It was long ago and far away, the world was younger than today.
Today is a very different story for heroine worship because it is more about self-creation.
There are more female entrepreneurs and millionaires than any time before in human history, thanks mostly in part to the Internet.
This trend is supported by information found at forbes.com on March 8, 2019, who shares, “Women have long been underrepresented in entrepreneurship, yet the number of women entrepreneurs in the US has increased over 30 percent since 2007.”
Heroines are nice to be admired but isn’t it better if you become your own heroine?
If you follow your passions, are creative, willing to take risks and listen to your own voice, what is stopping you?
Others are waiting to admire and be inspired by you.
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