The Quintessential American Woman Is…Jewish?
Spring is upon us, the sun is shining (most of the time) and April showers have slowly begun to bring us the buds of May flowers. While most see this is the time for dieting, tanning and grooming for summer’s … Read More
Spring is upon us, the sun is shining (most of the time) and April showers have slowly begun to bring us the buds of May flowers. While most see this is the time for dieting, tanning and grooming for summer’s body-baring shorts and bikinis, members of the fashion industry (who have been fasting and primping year round) spend this time of year thinking of The Costume Institute, the one space of the Met aside from the Egyptian wing devoted to fashion as an art form. Each May, Vogue and The Costume Institute partner to present The Met Gala, the party opening the exhibit that remains open until August. The exhibition, the Gala as well as the May issue of Vogue all present the same theme as dictated by The Costume Institute.
This year the museum is not only collaborating with Vogue, but with The Brooklyn Museum (yes, Ms.Wintour goes to Brooklyn) to present The American Woman, narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker. Parker also serves as Vogue’s May cover girl and can be found featured in the magazine directly after Hamish Bowles’ in print tribute to classic Americana and the women who epitomize it. In an interview with Sarah Jessica, contributing editor Vicky Woods gave readers a million reasons to love the lovely Manhattanite – she’s a doting mother, she does her own laundry and grocery shopping and if none of those humanizing traits work for you, she’s Carrie Bradshaw.
The fact that her famous character shares my name is irrelevant, I have forever found Sarah Jessica Parker to be the most elegant, most lovely and most well-spoken of actresses. Despite what ignorant, Los Angeles-loving naysayers may spew about her unconventional looks, I find her non-plastic, natural and captivating face to be refreshing in today’s silly world of pseudo-glamour. In the interview, Parker talks of her time filming SATC2 in Morocco (which will serve as the setting for the girls’ trip to Abu-Dhabi in the film) and of her trouble getting pregnant after her first pregnancy with son, James Wilkie (another slap in the face to the aforementioned naysayers who rattled on about her vanity and her selfish use of a surrogate to maintain her petite frame). The truth? SJP discloses some of the trials and tribulations of trying to get pregnant and mentions her attempts with her husband, Matthew Broderick, at both adoption and surrogacy to expand their family, to which Parker explained, "the surrogacy option came up first."
So if you happen to be one of those men who were scarred by your wife or girlfriend forcing you to watch Sex and The City or if you are a fashion-fearing New York woman who finds yourself griping, "Carrie Bradshaw is not a real New Yorker! How does she even afford all that on a writer’s salary?!" on a constant basis, I hope I have given you some insight into all there is to love about Sarah Jessica Parker. After all, you’ve got to love a women so personable, lovely and interesting that she makes Anna Wintour and the Met tell the world that Jewish is the new black. Even we at the Jewcy HQ are considering taking back our claim that the Hassid is the New Black since even we don’t mess with Anna Wintour.
*The Costume Institute Exhibit, American Women: Fashioning a National Identity, will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 5-August 15 in New York City