Victoria’s Secret model Cameron Russell recently gave a TED talk that I think fits in well with what Lipstick Commando is all about. Instead of simply railing against the superficiality of the modeling industry like so many others–a wise decision, considering it’s her bread and butter–Russell sends a message to all women about intellectual honesty, humility, and inner strength. Women and men alike may find they have a lot more in common with models than we usually realize.
Last Friday night, NBC aired the series finale of Chuck, the cult-hit action-spy-comedy. The show and its fans fought hard, half-season by half-season, for its very existence, and the results were five years of cheeky humor, exhilarating fights and stunts, and heartwarming moments between saving the world from dastardly plots. Although based on the premise of a computer nerd everyman who accidentally uploads into his brain the combined intelligence of the CIA, NSA, and other federal law enforcement agencies–think The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes meets Get Smart–the heart of the series was always the love story between Chuck, the nerd, and Sarah, his CIA handler.
Chuck and Sarah had the usual kinds of ups-and-downs–dating other people, getting kidnapped by terrorists, facing a mother-in-law with a license to kill. But fans knew from the start that these two were meant to be together. Though the show was named for Chuck, and had many other fine cast members, we salute Yvonne Strahovski’s Sarah Walker. We end here with a clip that shows Sarah at her finest–feminine, fearless, and fighting for the life of the man she loves.
Happy new year from Lipstick Commando. Today is the Solemnity of Mary on the Roman Catholic Calendar, celebrating Mary taking Jesus to the Temple for the first time. Although then barely more than a child herself, Mary was willing to sacrifice her infant son, and witness his pain, for the greater good. She remains one of the strongest women in history, perhaps even the strongest.