As disappointed as I am, Adele still gets my vote for Broad of the Week. Heck, she’s on my list of Great Broads of All Time.
After all, just what do we mean when we use the colloquial term, “broad”?
According to the Urban Dictionary, a broad is “less respectable than a lady but much more respectable than a bitch.” Adele always looks ladylike in public, but doesn’t suffer fools gladly. When she speaks — whether in interviews, or when she’s presenting an award — she comes across as unflinchingly honest, funny and down to earth, as you can see in this interview snippet:
Adele is more than a talented singer and songwriter. She is a beautiful young woman with attitude and style.
A couple of years ago, Karl Lagerfeld accused her of being fat, and set off a storm of protest. Lagerfeld apologized and was reported to have sent her a peace offering of Chanel handbags. Of course, Lagerfeld wasn’t the first person to try to fat-shame the singer, just the most famous. In true broad fashion, Adele laughs it all off. She is comfortable in her body. In fact, she loves herself just the way she is. In a 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper, she said, “Even if I did have, you know, a ‘Sports Illustrated’ body, I’d still wear elegant clothes.”
Adele was also criticized for that dress she wore to the Grammys. I will admit that I did not like the print, which reminded me of the dress Bridget Jones’ mum laid out for her at the New Year’s turkey curry buffet (“Great. I was wearing a carpet”). But the dress itself was lovely, and I can understand the urge to try a different look, especially when you’re a brand new mom. I would be bored wearing black all the time, and I’m in my 50s. Maybe my reaction to her dress is a sign that I need to get out of my own comfort zone and try something other than solid colors for a change.
You see, I started this essay with the premise that Adele is a wonderful role model for my 16-year-old daughter. But during the course of writing this, I realized that she is someone I should emulate more, too. Because even though I am more than twice her age, she can teach me a thing or two about positive self-image, confidence and determination.
And how to be a broad.
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