I’m not sure if I should be embarrassed to admit this, but I love a reality TV show that features a strong, leading woman. Kell on Earth is my absolute fave (obviously – since it’s focused around the PR industry), but I recently finished another series that I ended up loving. It’s a few years old, but it’s Kimora Lee Simmons’: Life in the Fab Lane. Kimora is a former supermodel, the former CEO of Baby Phat, and currently a mom and fashion mogul that heads numerous other fashion and beauty brands. The show centres around Kimora’s career (planning fashion shows, branding, ad campaigns – all of that fun stuff that really gets my blood pumping) but it also includes many aspects of her family life as well. I was completely absorbed into this show, and binge watched the first 3 seasons on Netflix (yes Nina, I am a binge watcher!) and then went hunting for the rest of the episodes on the internet. Call me crazy, but I found a lot of the show’s aspects to be really motivating career-wise, so I’m thinking about adding Kimora to my list of role models. Here’s what she taught me:
You Can Be a Mogul, AND a Mom: If you know me, you know I’m career-driven. If you really know me, you know that my career is my baby. The whole being a mom thing just never struck me as something I really wanted to do, and I think it’s because I am terrified of having to choose between the two (mind you, at this point in time I still feel way too young to have children, these are simply my own speculations). I loved that Kimora brought her kids along on all of her travels, and included them in a lot of her projects (and not in an exploitative kind of way – she taught them how to design their own products, like I’m talking meetings with a design team, the whole shebang; it was super cute). Obviously Kimora is in a position where she’s able to have the flexibility to include her children in this way, but if everything goes my way then I should be able to have this flexibility some day too (I’m only half-kidding). Although I’m well aware that this is a television show first, seeing such a successful woman being such a good mom at the same time was really inspiring to me; so maybe I’ll rethink my plans for motherhood and work that into the master plan some day too (I am the time management queen, after all).
Fashion is a Magical Industry: So I may be painfully goal-oriented and obsessed with writing my master plan, but there is an aspect of my life that I refuse to plan – my industry. There are obviously industries that I am particularly interested in (I’ll give you a hint -move over Michael Bass), but I refuse to pursue a particular industry so hard that I miss out on all of the other incredible opportunities around me. I mean there will always be a part of me that will want to be the executive in charge of planning the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show (and I certainly wouldn’t hate it if that happened!), but I haven’t spent a lot of time researching the fashion industry lately. Well, Kimora totally re-sparked my interest for a career in fashion – it really is the creative centre of the world. It’s pretty amazing how an ad campaign or a fashion show can convey so many emotions and ideas, so being a member of the team that puts something like that together would just be such an experience. So Mr.Bass, you may be able to hold onto your job for a little longer.
It’s Okay to Cry: The one thing about me that I wish wasn’t a thing is that I cry…. a lot. I’m not talking about full blown bawling sessions, but I’m extremely susceptible to watery eyes (happy tears, tears of frustration, angry tears…. sad tears too I guess). This isn’t something that I’m necessarily proud of, actually no, it’s really embarrassing. But you know what, Kimora cries a lot too, so now I don’t feel so bad. I’ve spent a good amount of time trying to convince myself that my uncontrollable tear ducts aren’t a weakness, but seeing a woman that is so strong and empowered made me realize that I’m not just telling myself lies – it really is okay to be a little emotional sometimes!