4 Famous Women Who Have Been Wrongly Criticized For Not Smiling All The Time
3:45 pm, June 20th | by
There are few questions more annoying than “Why aren’t you more outgoing?” Well, because not everyone can or wants to be bubbly all the time. Yet women in the spotlight who take the path less smiled often face backlash. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been called “cold” and “unlikable” for many years and “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart, who is now the highest paid actress in Hollywood, is frequently slammed for her expressionless visage. Why these things matter, I don’t know, but I do know it’s absurd for women to be criticized for being anything less than perky. Here are a few ladies who have dealt with flak for not giggling over rainbows and puppies all the time.
Hillary Clinton is a
'cold elitist,' according to one commentator. Real original!
Victoria Beckham has been the subject of ice queen rumors since her days as Posh Spice. The mother of four, who is portrayed as somewhat of a diva in 1997 disaster
Spice World, is all too aware of the nay sayers. She says of the smack talk, "People think I’m a moody bitch. I do have my insecurities. Maybe that is why I look a little bit serious. The kind of person who’s going to stand on the red carpet and love the attention and have the big grin—I’m just not like that. I want to get in there, do what I’ve got to do, and get home to my kids."
People knock on the
Twilight superstar all the time for her signature blank expression. PopEater wrote in back-handed compliment fashion that Stewart's "permanently-pained expression may have something to do with her paranoia about being constantly watched and photographed in public." Here is what Stewart's boyfriend Rob Pattinson recently said about the smile witch hunt on his lady: “People have decided how they are going to perceive her. No matter how many times she smiles, they’ll put in one picture where she’s not smiling.”
During a 2009 "60 Minutes" interview, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour
was asked about her "coldness" and "bitch" tendencies. The chat of course took place three years after the release of blockbuster hit The Devil Wears Prada, which is supposedly based on former Wintour assistant Lauren Weisberger's terrible experiences at the magazine. Though many would agree Wintour doesn't seem like the coddling kind, you cannot doubt her commitment to the publication. As The Frisky put it, "[W]e watched that “60 Minutes” clip only knowing Wintour from her The Devil Wears Prada infamy and by the end of it, admiring this extraordinarily powerful woman for her dedication to Vogue, her trust in her aesthetic judgment, and her business acumen. She’s clearly smart, if not warm and fuzzy." She may crack the whip in the office and frown a lot, but those things don't diminish the quality of her work.