When talking about characters that people consider inspirational, a lot of names are commonly thrown about; Hermione Granger, Katniss Everdeen, Samwise Gamgee, and Jane Eyre to name a few.
For me it is Elle Woods – yes that Elle Woods, the one played by Reese Witherspoon in the Legally Blonde movies, the one who wears a lot of pink and has a Chihuahua in her handbag. I often get odd looks when I say that Elle is an inspiration to me, I can see why – on the surface she is just a fun character in a funny chick-flick, the premise of which is a girl trying to win back the boyfriend that dumped her because she “wasn’t smart enough.”
But Elle Woods is so much more than that. She got into Harvard! You see through a clever montage that she gives up parties and other fun group activities with her sorority in order to study. Elle Woods gives me the motivation to work hard, and get back to the books when all I want to do is have a lazy day, or hang out with my friends.
Elle Woods did get into Harvard in order to try and get back the boy she loved, but while she was studying to be a lawyer she realised that she didn’t love nor need him. He just cared about appearances and Elle completely defied his (and the viewer’s and the other characters) expectations. She was never that bitchy, she loves other female characters and female friendships are very important throughout the film.
I will always say that Elle Woods is a feminist character and Legally Blonde is a feminist movie. When I need some motivation I just listen to the soundtrack which has some brilliant motivational songs on it, and then I feel as if I can tackle whatever essay I’m stuck on.