Style Icons: Female »Lynn Yaeger


While it’s no surprise that The Village Voice is hard up these days, and even though it’s been viewed as less and less relevant daily, some of their staff is extremely awesome and in particular Lynn Yaeger is a city icon who gave thirty years of her wit to the paper. So, of course, in a clear last breath of desperation, they laid the wonderful woman off!
Her distinctive, bright orangey-red short bang crop, her Betty Boop lips, and her dots of glowing blush makes her instantly recognizable on the streets, more that once my day’s been made just seeing her. She is obsessed with clothes and as a woman after my own heart who believes in individual style (of which she had plenty). In a recent interview she said:

quot;I think people should wear whatever they like!”,?”There are no no-nos!” and “Be yourself! Ignore the rules.”

As everyone else has also predicted, I am sure Yaeger will find a home and happiness with a career like hers under her belt, and it truly will probably hurt the Village Voice more than her, but maybe she can pick up on the career she once told Refinery 29 she would take on if she ever lost her job: “helping ripped-off people take on the system” and demand justice for her fellow pink slip legend Nat Hentoff.

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Posted on January 12, 2009

Style Icons: Female »Martha Stewart

Queen of Taste

Just look at Martha hawling that greenery back to her homestead with sheer rosy cheek willpower and been to jail business magnate grit. Say what you will about the woman, but I love her. I think she got too much for her crime for being a successful (and some say unlikably ballsy) lady. I’ve heard first hand accounts that make her sound both unintentionally hideous and surprisingly witty, funny, and actually human.

I was never the hugest fan of her show, and found the MST3K type interpretation of it, Whatever Martha, to be disappointingly annoying as it could have been ingenous in the hands of better and funnier people. I have been an on and off again subscriber to her magazines though and there is really no denying her impact on the art of asthetics in the past few decades.

I think she ushered in the whole craft movement, even if it was sometimes in reaction to her. In general the idea of persuing good taste and making our surrounding pleasing has now become at least seemingly at everyone’s fingertips with her holiday decorating ideas and recipes.

She’s also tons of fun to read on her own blog, which she really actually seems to write herself.

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Posted on December 22, 2008

Style Icons: Female »Judy Blume


Judy Blume is more than just a talented and wise writer with a smashing smile and great age defying cheekbones.

She changed the face of reading for young women, she offered popular stories that kids could relate to and she never shied away from the realities of life in her writing.

Her boldness has often and repeatedly made her a target of censors which in turn has made Blume even more awesome in my book as an advocate for free speech.

She works with the National Coalition Against Censorship and is probably as horrified as the rest of us about the possibility of Palin becoming Vice President. While the stories of Palin’s plan to ban books has been partially untrue (that list she supposedly made of books was not likely to be her own list, just a list of commonly banned books and she never specified the banning of any particular books), she still “asked the library how she could go about banning books,” according to TIME magazine.

Blume is also very humble and personable about her talents. She’s said that she simply as always making up stories in her head and once she had two kids to tell them to, began writing them down. She was twenty seven when she began to write seriously, which can make anyone who feels like it’s too late to become a success at doing what they love feel better.

I doubt there’s many people my age who can’t recall at least one Judy Blume book in their life.

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Posted on September 29, 2008

Style Icons: Female »Miss Pamela Des Barres

Ultimate Groupie

It’s practically impossible to not choose Miss Pamela Des Barres, groupie with a heart of gold extraordinaire as this week’s style icon after basking in her gooey, doe eyed sexualized optimism and freedom of her autobiography I’m With The Band.

I love her style, the way she bends to the fashions of the time (she once described herself as a willow tree bending with the wind in the face of jealous girls calling her a phony).

And she just happened to bend with some awesome new fads. Top hats, chemises, fake fur, beads, feathers, Granny Takes a Trip, Nudies, glitter and of course the best accessory – some gorgeous musician on your arm.

In her case that has meant Noel Redding, Jimmy Page, Mick Jagger, and Keith Moon to name a few.

Sure, she was a groupie, a term that usually garners zero respect but in her own words it begins to sound like a ton of fun.

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Posted on July 14, 2008