Take Five Friday: Ladies to Love

In honor of their October Birthdays, here are five of my favorite ladies.

kikithe most famous Kiki photo. “Le violon d’Ingres” by Man Ray.

Alice “Kiki de Montparnasse” Prin (October 2, 1901) She was the very definition of “bohemian.” One of my favorite quotes from her was “all I need is an onion, a bit of bread, and a bottle of red; and I will always find somebody to offer me that.” She was so optimistic she gives me hope in times tough and hard that you can still be laid back and (for the most part) worry-free. If anyone feels the urge to buy me a copy of her memoirs, I do accept gifts. 😛

gwenfrom the “Just a Girl” video

Gwen Stefani (October 3, 1969). When I was younger, I was obsessed, Obsessed with ska music and ska/mod girls. I would stay up late and record the Ska/Punk Hour on my cassette deck. I used to draw out ideas for ska tattoos (one of which said” SKA’D FOR LIFE.”) Looking back the tattoo would have been a bit much, but I was totally smitten with Gwen’s early Orange-County ska/skater chick/pin-up girl looks.

Annie Leibovitz

Annie Leibovitz (October 2, 1949). She is a master at her craft, yet still manages to be inventive and able. Although I feel bad for what she’s going through now (and having to raise children without their other mother)

joan I couldn’t find a better pic of Joan yelling…yet. My search continues. 

Joan Cusack (October 11, 1962). She is no conventional beauty, but her fantastic acting skills and affable demeanor make her someone I would want to be my best friend. Her face is so expressive and her demeanor and hand movements so crazy yet comfortable, like a dance of awkward grace. I can only hope to be as endearing and amusing as I grow older.

RitaHayworth Rita Hayworth (October 17, 1918).

“Every man I knew went to bed with Gilda… and woke up with me.”

 Winona_Ryder_2I had this picture of her on my old computer for years. I find it very inspiring for some reason. Her eyes are so full.

Winona Ryder (October 29, 1971). Her wisp of a figure reminiscent of Audrey, but taking roles more like a Meryl, Winona has always gripped me as a girl I would want to hang out with on the wrong side of the tracks. She was the best Lydia Deetz I can possibly think of!

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