… Amy Poehler
For the record, I know virtually nothing about how amy Poehler dresses. She’s not really a style icon to me so much as an icon icon. I never really liked her SNL work, and it seemed like her early career was mainly spent portraying loud, sexualized meanies. But WOW, has she come a long way. Here are three huge reasons I adore Amy Poehler:
Smart Girls at the Party
Slogan: Change the world by being yourself. Smart Girls at the Party is a project that Amy launched with her real life best friends Meredith Walker and Amy Miles to showcase girls who are important and excellent just because they are doing things that they are interested in and that they believe in. The website is a bit messy and chaotic, but still provides a community that young girls and women can join to connect with others with similar (or different!) interests. My favorite aspect of Smart Girls is Amy’s interviews. She speaks with girls about the interests, hobbies, and expertise and does so with tremendous respect and sincerity. My favorite? Ruby the feminist, of course. The fact that Amy Poehler launched this project makes her a superstar in my book.
Parks and Recreation
I realized the other day that Parks and Recreation is my current favorite television show. In part because it makes me snort and shout with uncontrollable laughter, but also because I feel such kinship with Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope. She’s smart and driven and fantastically organized and full to the brim with quirks. And she’s completely unashamed of her quirks. She doesn’t apologize for them or deride herself for being a “neurotic woman,” she is extremely comfortable with her authentic self. She’s also confident, capable, brave, and a feminist as the Pawnee Rangers episode proved. She’s flawed like all characters and people are, but she’s one of the only women characters on television today that I feel kinship with.
New York Magazine photo shoot notes
When Poehler did a photo shoot for New York Magazine in 2011, she knew she’d be Photoshopped. So she preemptively offered a few notes on her images, including “make neck smarter,” “add two more fingers, “remove eyes for now,” and more. This tongue-in-cheek approach pokes some excellent fun at a common but harmful magazine practice, showing how utterly ridiculous some of the retouching can get if left unchecked.
I don’t read gossip rags, so for all I know she could be a serial goldfish torturer in her spare time. But her dedication to bolstering the self-confidence of young girls, her decision to create a television show featuring a strong woman who isn’t some sort of superhero, and her willingness to use humor to highlight the media machine’s shortcomings make Amy Poehler the kind of gal I’d love to take out for a milkshake.
Are you a fan? Do you watch Parks & Rec? Anyone have a daughter who participates in Smart Girls at the Party?
Image via Welcome to Ladyville.