You know what, we’ll say it: we’ve realize that Kristen Stewart is kind of awesome–really awesome, in fact.
(Wait, hold on–we’ll say up front that we’re not fans of Twilight, so there, that’s done with.)
We discovered our admiration of Kristen Stewart after being inspired by a tweet we read by @graceishuman, which was posted Sunday night in response to Stewart’s Oscar appearance:
“I kind of love Kristen Stewart’s flat affect and how she doesn’t GAF that everyone hates on it. #Oscars2013″
We read this and it hit us: yes, Kristen Stewart gets a lot of flak for looking boring, not smiling, and generally having a blank expression.
But you know what? It’s really refreshing. Women are expected (celebrities are no exception) to smile, look pretty, and generally be a ray of sunshine in everyone’s lives. When someone as famous as Stewart doesn’t, the whole world freaks out: Why isn’t someone so young and beautiful and famous smiling? Just give us a smile, gorgeous! You’d be so much prettier if you just smiled!
If women are not smiling and happy, then they are probably whiny, difficult, a bitch, or PMSing–or so the world and media seems to tell us. Why can’t Stewart have a blank expression? Last time we checked she’s a very popular movie star and very in-demand, which must be stressful and not as much fun as everyone would think.
Plus, why fake a smile when you know every single person taking your picture is practically demanding a smile, while simultaneously judging every single aspect of your outfit? Not to mention that even if you do smile and then suffer some sort of unfortunate wardrobe accident (nip slip, crotch shot, etc), that they will viciously turn on you in a second?
Stewart also gets a lot of negative comments about her apparent lack of glamour or style and infamously wearing flats or sneakers when she “should” be wearing platform pumps.
This also bucks the gender expectation that women should willingly and happily physically suffer in order to look good (which she did big time, when presenting an award Sunday night). Stewart tends to throw that out the window, wearing Converse with haute couture as she pleases, and why not? What’s wrong with comfort and sticking to your guns instead of being pretty eye or arm candy?
Besides, if Robert Pattinson can show up with scruffy facial hair, why can’t Stewart wear flat shoes to a red carpet event?
Bottom line: Kristen Stewart, it took us a while to get here and we apologize for the delay, but we salute you and all your surprisingly subversive acts of independence and dare we say it–feminism.
Want more? Read this:
It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This: Hannah Braswell’s “Don’t Tell Me To Smile” Sweater on The Closet Feminist
Dear Kristen Stewart: You’re Exactly My Brand of Antiheroine by Wendy McClure on BUST Magazine.