I want to lick her face.
02X01: “I’d like you all to met your new colleague- Jennifer Lewis.”
Lucy Brown, ladies and gents. One of the few femme women who can turn me into goo in ten seconds flat.
As folks who’ve been around me for more than five minutes know, I’m really not inclined toward femme. I’m tomboy bordering on genderqueer myself, and most of the women I’m attracted to are at least a little tomboyish, too. Really, the only flavors of femme I can stomach are the costumey sorts—punk, goth, period costume, general goddess-femme, etc. If it’s being play-acted, and not taken seriously, it’s just dress-up, and therefore fun. The serious stuff? Not so much. Most of the “normal” expressions of femme in the modern, Western world leave me cold, not just for what they represent in terms of sexism, but because they’re so screwy in and of themselves. I almost never find myself going weak-kneed over modern-femme women … with a few very, very rare exceptions, such the lovely creature pictured above (Primeval’s Lucy Brown, for those unfamiliar.)
I really don’t know what it is about Lucy’s femininity that works for me, but oh, it so does. She’s not just classically beautiful in an effortless way—though she is definitely that. She’s one of those rare women for whom femme fashion seems to have been made. She looks amazing in lush, pretty fabrics and jewelry. She can go classy or casual with equal ease. And—most importantly—it all seems completely natural for her.
I think the problem I have with so much of modern femme is that the women wearing it are clearly uncomfortable with it in some way. They’re trying too hard, or doing a flavor of it that just isn’t right for them. They do it because they have to, because their culture has taught them that they are useless and unlovable if they don’t buy into the ideals of their gender. They’re stuffing themselves into too-tight clothes, teetering on too-tall heels, wearing garish makeup or flashy bling. They’re plucked and waxed and fluffed and peeled and Botoxed and starved until they look like plastic dolls. Whether power suits or dainty dresses or haute couture or club wear, most of what passes for femme costuming is downright cartoonish, and the people wearing it therefore look like clowns to me—and uncomfortable ones, at that.
Lucy has none of those pitfalls. I’m sure she’s thoughtful about how she dresses and presents herself, but it doesn’t look like she’s trying, and that’s what makes it work. She knows what suits her and what she likes, and goes with it. She is confident in her own beauty, and in her own strength as a person, and therefore doesn’t have to prove anything with how she presents her gender.
I wish more women who are inclined toward femininity could take a few tips from her. Not in aping her style, but in finding a style that actually reflects who they are, rather than what they think their culture expects of them. I’m really quite tired of seeing femme women hurting themselves trying to look like someone they aren’t, when really, most of them would be so beautiful if only they let their real selves out to play.
One size—and one flavor of gender—has never fit all. Be who you are, not what a magazine or designer or even your friends say you should be. If you choose a gender presentation based on hating what you already are, you’re doing it wrong.
Just finished watching & live tweeting Primeval. Let’s do this every Saturday, I love it!!!!
And when Lucy and Hannah tweeted? AWESOME!!!
I love that they chimed in! So cool. Someone totally needs to get Ben on Twitter, too.
Fun article from 2008 that I hadn’t seen before. Love these two!
Thanks to Kristin_Mara on LJ for the find!
Please everyone, let’s be a little more courteous. You wouldn’t want someone posting your private pics all over the internet without permission….would you?
A brief message from Lucy Brown:
Hey there Twitterati, It has just been brought to my attention that some of the photos I’m posting on here are ending up on public websites and Tumblrs. As you all know my Twitter Page is ‘locked’ for these very reasons. By all means if you wish to use a photo, please do ask me first… I might say yes, go ahead. But I would sincerely appreciate it if you did ask me first - as I’d hate to stop being able to share the things I do. Hope you’re all having a lovely day x Best Wishes X LB
Good rule of thumb: NEVER post a pic of someone going about the business of their personal life unless you know for a fact that they’re OK with it being public. And a locked account? Pretty much a guarantee that the person in question doesn’t want the stuff therein posted everywhere.
Please remember that we don’t own these people. They owe us only the work that they get paid to do. Anything they share with us about their off-hours self is a gift, not something we’re entitled to as fans. If you wouldn’t want your boss or a teacher to invade the life you live outside of work or school, you shouldn’t invade the lives of others like that. Merely making a living as an actor, musician or writer doesn’t mean a person is owned by the public when they’re off the clock.
Most of the Primeval gang has been very generous with themselves with us fans. It would really suck if a few selfish, rude people made them want to not be so open anymore.
I can’t get over how perfect, flawless, beautiful, gorgeous, lovely, wonderful & amazing these 2 women are.
Excuse me while I cry over how absolutely stunning they are.
What I love the most is that they’re both gorgeous, and yet in completely different ways. So often, TV and movies present us with just one “ideal” version of attractiveness. I love this show for having had such a range of different types of women, both in looks and personality. They went well beyond just the Ginger/Maryann thing most other shows have done.
This woman is unbelievably gorgeous. So much love.
Come join us on our LJ comm for today’s Star Sundays discussions! Today we’re featuring the lovely Miz Lucy Brown, and will be rewatching/live commenting her movie Sharpe’s Challenge.
Also into: Game of Thrones, Sinbad, Arrow, Vikings, Continuum, Leverage, Warehouse 13, Fringe, Criminal Minds, Sherlock, LOTR/The Hobbit, BSG, Lost, Sanctuary, Downton Abbey, The Hour, Being Human (UK), Eureka, Longmire, Merlin, The Borgias, Grimm, Sleepy Hollow, Strike Back, and the MCU. Among other nerdy entertainment delights.