February 20, 2010

Tricky post. But I made it.

Tina Fey--"a glasses geek turned writer turned TV star turned movie star turned presidential-election-year sensation turned household name".

Since my last post, I've been browsing the Internet, looking for a nice subject to write about. Again, nothing caught my attention, but then I remembered that Tina Fey was on the cover of Vogue's March issue. As I love Tina Fey, both from Saturday Night Live, and Mean Girls, I thought I should post something about her. Therefore, I wrote vogue in my address bar and the site appeared in the autocomplete. So I clicked, then I went to their current issue. And then, to my huge surprise, I see that on the cover was Alexa Chung. I looked to see if it was the March issue, it was. I looked up Tina Fey on Yahoo(to make sure), I saw her on the cover. It wrote Vogue on both so it was not like they were from different countries. I was really confused, as you may see and I was ready to drop the whole idea, when I thought I should check again. Well, what do you know? Alexa Chung was actually on the cover of British Vogue, fact which I noticed when I looked in the address bar and realized that I wasn't on, but on Yeah, glad I sorted that out!

So now, to actually write my post...we all agree that Tina Fey is on the cover of Vogue US March 2010. She gives a really interesting interview about her fame and how she manages to stay normal, about her bad choices in fashion, and her impersonating of Sarah Palin on SNL, which led to "unwanted attention-and hate mail". Now here are some bits of the interview:
  • Very different from other stars in the business and with unexpected accomplishments, Tina is constantly asked by journalists if she is totally surprised by her success. "I don't fit the mold," she says. "In this country, success usually happens when you are 22 and six feet tall. Clearly, by asking that question they are kind of letting me know that I am an aberration."
  • On keeping her feet on the ground:"I feel like I represent normalcy in some way. What are your choices today in entertainment? People either represent youth, power, or sexuality. And then there's me, carrying normalcy." Pause. "Me and Rachael Ray."
  • On fashion: "I feel like any understanding I have of clothes and their impact came from the theater. I worked in the costume shop at UVA, and then later, when I was a writer at SNL, I became good friends with Dale Richards and Tom Broecker, the guys who do the costumes. Everything I know about proportion and detail and period—as opposed to real-life fashion, all of which I find fascinating—I learned from those guys."
  • On weight:"People will say, 'Oh, fashion magazines are so bad, they're giving girls a negative message'—but we're also the fattest country in the world, so it's not like we're all looking at fashion magazines and not eating. Maybe it just starts a shame cycle: I'm never going to look like that model, so…Chicken McNuggets it is! And conversely, I don't look at models who are crazy skinny and think I want to look like that, because a lot of them are gigantic, with giant hands and feet. Also, my dad is an artist—a painter by hobby—and I constantly would see realistic nudes. Because we were raised around art and went to museums and the women I grew up around were curvy…there wasn't this value on skinny, skinny, skinny. Curvy was clearly meant to be the winner. I go up and down a few pounds with a relative amount of kindness to myself. And I have a daughter, and I don't want her to waste her time on all of that."
  • On the Prada dress on the cover: "I am a fan of the deep V. These are the things I learned from my friends who are cutter/drapers: I have an hourglass figure; I do have a waist, but I have full hips and I have decent shoulders. So that V is good for me. I have learned enough that I can go to a rack and say, 'That's not going to work. That's going to work.' So at awards shows, I wear a deep V. Because it makes the triangles go the right way. Not good on me? Spaghetti straps. It looks like when you tie up a roast before you put it in the oven."
  • On acting as Sarah Palin:"People started projecting politics onto me," she says. "There are people who hate me now because of that."
Well, I really like her. And that's that.

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