What’s so special about Blake Lively?

Published: October 30, 2010

Blake Lively photoshoot in Vogue magazine.

Could Blake Lively be the “it” woman of our times? Blake Lively photoshoot in Vogue magazine.

I was flipping through an issue of Vogue-I think it was the September issue-while getting my hair done, when I came across an editorial on Blake Lively in Paris.

Her trip consisted of a private tour of Coco’s apartment, macaroons which were even better than those from Hermé or Ladurée (I have to look up the names of these caterers), Vespa rides with Louboutin, dinners at the Ritz with Lagerfeld and Galliano.

And as if that wasn’t enough, she was shown a sneak preview of a pair of red-soled heels, by Louboutin himself, which she gushed over, resulting in him carving a big B.L.A.K.E. on the sole and naming the shoe after her!

Of course I wanted to live her life, but beyond that it got me thinking…could she be the “it” woman of our times? An icon? The next Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe or Jane Birkin? Probably not.

Gossip Girl could help her reach many heights, but perhaps nothing icon-worthy. At least not yet.

And then I started imagining how awesome it would be to be an icon. An icon is never forgotten. How convenient is that?

Hermes would name bags after you and people would sing songs with references to you!

A interrupted my thoughts by asking me what shade of nail polish I thought she should use (she obviously didn’t take my suggestion), and soon my hair was done.

As I was taking money out of my wallet, someone commented on my hair. It was a small compliment and the person may have just said it out of formality, but it made me happy and in that moment I forgot about how fabulous it would be to have Louboutin, Galliano, and Lagerfeld as my buddies. I felt quite iconic, anyway. And it’s not just me. I’ve noticed how A’s face lights up when someone tells her she’s lost weight or Q’s cheesy grin when someone tells him he’ll make a good politician, or how excited S gets when anyone comments on her intellect.

I remember the time when M visited the Met. She had just entered when the security guard called out to her and told her that YSL’s collection was displayed on the other side. He was just being helpful and in the process he’d rightly assumed she was there for the Yves exhibit. M concluded that it had to do with how fashionable she looked. This may have been no big deal for anyone else, but it became the highlight of her New York trip.

So be nice, because while it may be true that most of us will not end up becoming legendary icons, it doesn’t hurt to feel like one for a couple of hours. And one day, perhaps “when the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” (Jimi Hendrix).


Maira Pagganwala

A graduate in International Development and Political Science who went on to study Urban Development Planning. She is also interested in creative writing and fashion.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Ahmad

    cute article..Recommend

  • Salman

    You need to first have a pair of legs as hot as Blake Lively before you even think about becoming an icon….Recommend

  • http://www.amcy5.com Sumbal

    Thanks for sharing great article Recommend

  • parvez

    The first part of the article the Blake Lively (whoever she is) part , the attention getter was really over done. Rather hoity-toity pretentious. The second part with the message was great.Recommend

  • http://grsalam.wordpress.com Ghausia

    I am so glad I didn’t find a rant about why Blake Lively is so fawned over, I was so expecting that. I agree with the first comment, this was cute. Its nice to feel special once in a while lol. Recommend

  • Sana

    umm yeah we all love compliments. what’s your point?Recommend

  • Alizeh

    i was pretty much thinking the same exact thing as sana.

    and don’t see what the blake lively part had to do with the rest of your article. she’s in the title and yet her it girl status has nothing to do with the fact that we all love getting compliments..or atleast that’s what i was left thinking at the end. “what? that was it?”

    parts of your writing can be entertaining- you just need to work on pulling them together into one cohesive article. you can’t start talking about one thing and lead off on an unrelated tangent. that constitutes casual conversation, or a journal entry, not an article. Recommend

  • Ali

    DT needs to STOP taking blogs from this “writer”!Recommend

  • Maira

    Thanks for the comments.

    And wow Ali, that’s pretty harsh. Haha. Can’t wait to read your comment on my next blog. Recommend

  • Laila Mandviwalla

    maira i totally get the article…i love the thought good job!Recommend

  • S.D.

    Omg! Can people STOP being sooo rude! I think Karachiites need to read such articles, so we can get our minds off the problems our city normally faces. As a person who LOVES fashion, and aspires to become a fashion journalist I feel this piece of writing is uber cute, and Maira I can totally relate to your previous article. I really enjoyed reading it since I am in LOVE with the same jacket haha. You need to continue writing such articles because they are super fun to read and a change from the depressing stuff we normally get to read in newspapers. As for the people who have nothing better to do then to criticize someone’s work all i can say is, “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” (Benjamin Franklin).Recommend

  • HNQ

    I don’t get why Blake Lively is such a big deal either.. don’t think she’s gong to be the icon of our generation when we have people like lady gaga to completely over-shadow her! Recommend

  • RS

    No wonder my family just unsubscribed to The Express Tribune. Because, this really isn’t journalism (including fashion journalism). I’d probably enjoy reading all content a lot more if I thought the pieces were well-written, but they are really not. Maira, I understand you like clothes etc, but you’re also a budding writer. So, for starters, start taking criticism. Recommend