While watching this video, trying to understand what I was seeing, debating with myself why this person would even make this video, and trying to decide how I felt about it, the end came up of young girls referring to themselves as "fabulous." Now, I was really conflicted, the activist in me who has always supported advancing the opportunities for girls and women, was pleased with the end of this video that seemed to be something of an empowerment piece.
I ran the phrase over in my head conjuring up images of what "Gone With the Wind Fabulous" meant to me. Those images included people like David O. Selznick, who to me has always exemplified the epitome of artistic and professional perfection in film, Vivien Leigh who is undeniably gorgeous and talented, Ann Rutherford who was fabulous in every sense of the word well into her 90s, and my one of my favorite Gone With the Wind Fabulous people, Olivia de Havilland, who still lives in Paris and 8 years ago was featured on the 65th anniversary re-release.
But, I really couldn't get a grasp on what this video meant in our culture today.
I shared in jest the video and comments on my Gone With the Wind pages, to both seek more information about the origination of this video and phrase, and to, in a somewhat passive aggressive way, draw a line in the sand between Gone With the Wind and Gone With the Wind Fabulous.
In the last couple of weeks I've seen the phrase expand and I've had time to reflect on it myself. I like the phrase. I think it's empowering and I have to admit I would have never expected young black women to ever refer to themselves as "Gone With the Wind Fabulous" and yet they are doing it everywhere.
Gone With the Wind Fabulous Women
I love this dress!
Alex that lipgloss is a gorgeous color!
The whole outfit is adorable and I love the connection of the belt, earrings, and purse!
Solange Knowles steals the show at the premiere of The Great Gatsby in Cannes, France, rocking a Stéphane Rolland couture gown with a nude bodysuit covered in a nude sheer gown. Breathtaking.
Gone With the Wind Fabulous in Pop Culture
Gone With the Wind Fabulous Fashion Show
Gone With the Wind Fabulous Memes
Gone With the Wind Fabulous Products
Kenya Moore on "Gone With the Wind Fabulous"
In my eyes, Hattie McDaniel is a “shero.” She is the sole reason that Halle Berry, Whoopi Goldberg, Mo’nique, and Octavia Spencer, etc. (all Oscar recipients) can proudly wear their crowns of being legendary and fabulous Black women of film. I appreciate all the incredible women I have to admire and aspire to be like. I will strive to recover from my many missteps and win my fans over again despite the people who laugh when I stumble instead of offering me a hand. I hope that I can find a man who loves me for me. But in the meantime, I’ll continue to be strong and humble and not let anyone steal my shine in order to gain fame off my misfortunes.
I’m Kenya Moore. I’m 41 and fabulous! My age, race, religion, social economic standing, and marital status are not indicators of my past, present, or future as I too can defy the odds just like Hattie. I am bold. I am humble. I am strong. I am complicated. I am complex. I am vulnerable. I am resilient. I am good. I am honest --That’s what makes me fabulous.
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"Gone with the Wind Fabulous" Explained
This Author's Thoughts:
Who knew a former Miss Michigan and Miss USA who is currently on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" would get so many people using a catchphrase that would reference "Gone With the Wind!" I don't expect everyone who uses the phrase to connect it back to the 1939 film or the 1936 novel. But, I can't help but think, as we are on the precipice of the 75th anniversary of the film, having thousands and thousands of people sharing blogs, photos, videos, and even events under the "Gone With the Wind Fabulous" umbrella cannot be a bad thing.