Before there was Kate Middleton, before there was Diana Spencer, there was Grace Kelly—an American girl who became a princess. We oft remember her as a beautiful starlet and a fashion icon, but I think we forget about the human being and the heart underneath all the dresses. Grace Kelly was a humanitarian and a loving mother. She was well-educated, and clearly loved the arts. A compassionate woman, she was president of the Monaco Red Cross, and also founded AMADE, a foundation that was and still is concerned with promoting and protecting the rights of children across the world. Grace Kelly, was a leader in her own right.
I finally got to watch Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman, and after all the hoopla surrounding the film, I found it to be a beautiful film. So, it’s a shame all the politics had to disrupt the story’s beauty. To no surprise, Kidman was brilliant. Since last year’s Cannes, I have been highly anticipating this film, but was nervous after watching Naomi Watts as Diana. It wasn’t Watts’ performance that bothered me in that film, so much as the story. Why tell that story? What was the purpose of it? I don’t believe the filmmakers had ill-intentions in making the film, but it felt cruel and unnecessary. So, I wondered how Princess Grace was going to be portrayed here.
This film was less a story about a princess, or a fairytale; but rather, it was about a woman finding her inner strength in the face of adversity to take her life into her own hands, and be the best version of herself she could possibly be. The woman remains an inspiration, because she’s a great example of happening to life instead of letting life happen to you. It's difficult enough being a woman in every day life, but to be a woman while under constant and inevitable public scrutiny, that is another story. Instead of allowing the criticisms and constraints imposed upon her to control her, she ultimately found a way to make them work for her and to better herself. That’s what being a woman is.
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