In Legally Blonde, Elle Woods—embodying the hot-pink-clad, all-American princess trope—teaches a novel lesson about feminism: You can obsess over your hair, spend thousands to keep up with fashion trends, and still graduate at the top of your class at Harvard. Her résumé is pink, and yes, it smells good. In her unapologetic embrace of femininity, she teaches us that there is more at stake than a high LSAT score and a knock-out GPA. “Trust me,” she insists. “I can handle anything.”...
Elle Magazine recently published a Women in Television issue that ran with four alternate covers, featuring Zooey Deschanel of New Girl, Allison Williams of Girls, Amy Poehler of Parks and Recreation, and Mindy Kaling of The Mindy Project. Now, one of these things is not like the other. While three of these covers were full-length and in color, the fourth was cropped to the shoulders and in black and white. Yes, of course, Kaling's cover did not get the same treatment as those of her thin, white counterparts....