"Femininity Doesn't Have to Come From Hair or Traditional Female Archetypes of Appearance"

Sun, 04/14/2013 - 13:41
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Brienne is one of my favorite characters on Game of Thrones. It's not every day that we get a strong female warrior who trades on her physcial strength and not her beauty. And I just fell in love with Gwendoline Christie - the actress - when she commented on cutting her hair to play Brienne:

"I struggled for a long time with my hair, but then I’m grateful for the opportunity to realize that femininity doesn’t have to come from hair or any of those traditional female archetypes of appearance, So, that’s been exciting actually.

I can’t speak with any kind of authority whatsoever because I’m just an actor and I only have my opinions, but I do think it’s really refreshing to have a woman depicted on a mainstream TV show that doesn’t obey typical aesthetics of females and the way they have been portrayed in the past. And I’m really excited to be portraying one of those women. And I hope that her popularity signals a greater expansion of people’s views about men and women and that gender types can be more flexible."

Did I say that I fell in love with her *sigh*

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