Archive for November 2010
I should be talking about Sagittarian style, but I keep getting distracted by all these dumb blondes.
Today’s birthday girl is Anna Faris. Faris’ breakout role was in “Scary Movie,” where she dyed her hair black to resemble Neve Campbell. I didn’t even realize that she was actually a blonde until I saw her in “Lost in Translation,” playing a ditzy actress on a film junket. The role suited Faris perfectly, and so did the blonde hair. In fact, if the movie had been made seventy years ago it would have starred Betty Grable, another Sagittarius who played the dumb blonde with convicition.
Now I wouldn’t go as far as saying that blonde hair is a staple of Sagittarius style, but I suppose it suits Sagittarius women because in our society “blondes have more fun.” It’s easier to be a comic actress when you look the part. It’s also easier to get ahead in life when you use everything at your disposal, including your looks. Sagittarians are opportunists, and if they believe that blonde hair is going to help them get a foot in the door, more power to them!
I’ve read that today’s birthday girl, Anna Nicole Smith, wanted to be the next Marilyn Monroe. In astrological terms, the two were polar opposites; Monroe was a Gemini and Smith was a Sagittarius. Yet they did share a Leo rising sign.
People who are born with a Leo rising take pleasure from being in the spotlight, but that’s sort of where the similarities between the two women end. Monroe could play naive because in many respects she was naive. Smith, on the other hand, always came off as disingenuous or just plain dumb. Sagittarians aren’t dumb. They are gullible, though, and a little too opportunistic for their own good. Smith spent much of her career performing a balancing act between being taken advantage of by others and taking advantage of others. Although it’s not unusual for a Gemini to be opportunistic, it’s not normally a defining aspect of their character.
I associate the sign of Sagittarius with ethnic influences in fashion. Sagittarius natives can pull together looks based in ethnic traditions without making them appear like national costumes or insensitive jabs at foreign cultures.
Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, today’s birthday girl, wears her hair in a traditional style that reminds me of the loaves of bread that my Grandmother’s family would make to celebrate Easter. Nevertheless, she pulls it off with a sort of self-assured aplomb. I suppose that her modern makeup and chic wardrobe help her out, too.
On the wrong woman (a Cancer native, for example), this hairstyle might seem strict and matronly. On Yulia, however, it’s both a nod to her heritage and a mark of her individuality. Only a Sagittarius could get away with something like that.
Sagittarius is the sign of the true individual. A Sagittarius should be adventurous and open-minded, living his or her life according to the maxim “I’ll try anything once.” Their sense of style should reflect those qualities.
For that reason, I’ve always regarded Tina Turner as an icon of Sagittarian style. Today’s birthday girl is a fiery survivor, but unlike a native of one of the other fire signs, Aries and Leo, Turner isn’t so egocentric. Sagittarius is also the sign that rules over large social institutions and socialism itself. It’s associated with the greater good. As a girl growing up in Nutbush, Tennessee, Turner probably didn’t envision herself becoming a Buddhist, never mind a showbiz legend.
From a fashion perspective, Sagittarians should also be true individuals. There’s a tendency for members of this zodiac sign to adopt the style of the social group with which they associate themselves. That’s the biggest mistake a Sagittarian can make. Nothing suits this sign more than a signature look that no one else in the world can claim as their own. Tina Turner has that.
The one thing that strikes me as Sagittarian about Bruno Tonioli is that he has a BIG personality. The “Dancing with the Stars” judge and today’s birthday boy reminds me of why I get along so well with Sagittarius natives. I suppose that I have a natural sense of reserve (like most of my Capricorn brethren), yet with my own Mercury in Sagittarius, I think big.
I sometimes wish that I could be more like Tonioli, but then I come back to my senses. His fellow judge, Carrie Ann Inaba, is born the same week as me. I guess I’m more like her with her “no lifts” policy. I’d be a stickler for the rules, too. That’s just the Capricorn in me.
When I wrote my book, I don’t believe I devoted any text to Sagittarius individuals and the “dumb blonde” stereotype. I guess I hadn’t really noticed how many of them there were. Let me rephrase that. I didn’t notice how many smart Sagittarian blondes there were who could play dumb.
I first realized that this “type” of Sagittarian woman existed when I was watching “How to Marry a Millionaire.” Sagittarius native Betty Grable played an opportunistic golddigger with a heart of gold. The brainy blonde bombshell role suited her perfectly, especially as a foil to Marilyn Monroe’s genuinely dumb blonde character. I regret not discussing the film and its stereotypical characters in my book.
In hindsight, I can see it. I also can see the same qualities that made Grable a star in women like today’s birthday girl, Katherine Heigl. The fun-loving, open-minded, “I’ll try anything once” character that Grable played over and over again in movies fits Heigl like a glove. Even the hairstyle that Grable wore seems appropriate for Heigl, just updated for the 21st century, like in the photo above.
I’m going to explore this blonde bombshell thing a few more times before the sun moves into Capricorn. Stay tuned!
I don’t know what it is about teenage Sagittarian pop tarts, but there sure are plenty of them around.
Today’s birthday girl is Miley Cyrus. She joins her fellow Sagittarians Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera (just to name a few) as one of those squeaky-clean ingenues who suddenly decided to sex-up her image, courting a lot of controversy along the way.
Sagittarius individuals should be open-minded. Jupiter’s expansive influence makes this a sign whose natives catch-phrase could be “I’ll try anything once.” I guess the world is always interested to watch a good girl go bad, because Cyrus is virtually duplicating the formula that many other Sagittarians have used to attain a tremendous deal of success early in life.