Who We Want To Be When We Grow Up

We here at Literally, Darling have high aspirations for our futures. We want to be respected, revered, and maybe a little feared. We’d like to command armies, cast spells, and generally rule the world. From Julie Andrews to Tim Gunn, here’s a look at who we’d like to be when we become real people.



Meryl Streep: I can only hope to be half as flawless as Meryl when I’m 64. She’s won three Academy Awards, two BAFTAs, eight Golden Globes, two Emmys, two SAGs… you get the picture. The point is that she’s respected by the community with which she works. She’s versatile, dedicated, and professional. “The Devil Wears Prada” is one of my favorite movies. And did I mention she was flawless?

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Julie Andrews: I knew I loved her the first time I saw “The Princess Diaries.” How can someone be so perfect? I remember thinking. She almost makes me want to wear pantsuits. The world was devastated when her singing voice was damaged by node surgery in the late ’90s, but I love how she didn’t let that stop her. Sure, she’d been defined by her her voice, but she didn’t become a recluse just because she no longer possessed those same abilities. She persevered, and that’s admirable. (And “Feed The Birds” from “Mary Poppins” is one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs ever.)



Professor McGonagall: Okay, stay with me here for a moment. I know she’s fictional, but she is so badass. For several books you think she’s just this stodgy old lady who really enjoys cats, but here and there her real personality shines through. She’s loyal, resilient, funny in her own unique way, and wicked scary at times. Also, the scene at the end of “Deathly Hallows” where she asks Hogwarts to rise up and defend itself while she’s doing that spell may or may not have made me cry. Like three times.



Daenerys Targaryen: Three words: Mother. Of. Dragons. She literally walked into a funeral pyre and hatched what were thought to be extinct dragons, only to grow them, teach them to set her enemies ablaze and protect her like the Queen she is. If you don’t know who I’m talking about: 1) Crawl out from under your rock. and 2) Get into HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. Dany is such a powerful female role model during a time and world where being female is considered huge disadvantage. On the show and in the books she never lets the men in her life overpower or outsmart her. She’s beautiful, strong, determined and clever—all the things I hope to be considered one day.

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Winston Churchill: For the record, no, I don’t have penis envy, just a dictator complex, and who else would let me fulfill that power-hungry desire while still saving the world from Fascism? Churchill, ever a contradictory figure, quite literally saved the British Empire from ruin during both World Wars, and despite his deplorable penchant for Scotch and rulers as his Middle East policy, the man kept a nation riddled by war living to see the next day. He never backed down from a fight, he never surrendered, and if anyone personified the means justifying the ends—it was Churchill. When the Blitzkrieg came he packed up his wife, his Cabinet, and moved to his bunkers underneath London to ride out the war, and did it with a biting wit, unparalleled rhetoric, and the utter courage of his convictions. I could only hope to be half the badass and know-it-all that he was one day.


Tim Gunn: As the main mentor of “Project Runway,” he’s impeccably dressed, always classy, does bitchy with only the driest of wit, never fails to let his opinion be known, and yet even when critiquing he leads with kindness. I not-so-slightly adore this man. He’s become a staple of fashion and not just for liking outlandish outfits, but because he always keeps his eye on timeless pieces, and during his short-lived “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style” he consistently argued the value of a classic set of pearls. In his personal life, he has come out saying that he hasn’t had sex in 29 years, and making that statement that he is an asexual/celibate jury’s-still-out gay man in public, is really quite courageous. Not a lot of people are willing to step up and say they just don’t care one way or the other about sex, and I admire the hell out of that.



Kate Middleton: When I was little, I wanted to be a Disney Princess (okay, I STILL want to be a Disney Princess). Naturally, therefore, I want to be Kate Middleton, because she’s as close to a living Belle as humanly possible. As far as we know, Kate doesn’t flutter around the grounds of Buckingham Palace singing merry tunes with fat, doleful-eyed little birds chirping away on her fingertips… but are we seriously going to rule that out? She’s out-of-this-world beautiful, married to the future King, got a wardrobe full of covetable dresses, and just seems so damn nice. She was clearly manufactured by Disney as an exercise in cultivating human perfection. But really though: Aside from the fact she’s the classiest, prettiest woman in the Royal household (or, indeed, the entire country), she’s also slick and clever; she knows how to get what she wants. I’m convinced my dream of becoming her new BFF is totally achievable, too—her brother-in-law is only the most eligible bachelor in the world. This is totally happening, guys: You heard it here first.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Diamond Jubilee Tour - Day 1

Photo credits:
Streep: http://missbrendaleighjohnson.tumblr.com/
Andrews: http://lovelyfilms.tumblr.com/
McGonagall: http://lovea-littlemore.tumblr.com/
Princess Kate: http://whiteangelxoxo.tumblr.com/

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