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花旗国的半边天

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模范名人:奥普拉·温弗瑞 (Oprah Winfrey: A Celebrity Role Model)  

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模范名人:奥普拉·温弗瑞 (Oprah Winfrey: A Celebrity Role Model) - 美国马尾妹 - 花旗国的半边天
 在 前一篇博文中,我强调了女性名流所面临的挑战。也许由于她们所经历的困难或者其他原因,很多女演员、女音乐人等有名气的女性几乎都不足以担当妇女的模范角 色。她们当中有些酗酒吸毒,在疗养院进进出出,公然藐视法律,卖弄性感,随心所欲。但是,我们不能说名流界完全没有女性模范。尽管那些绯闻缠身的女明星经常更加备受关注,但是另外一些女性名人确实扮演女性模范的角色,尝试合理利用她们的权力来提升女性的地位。在美国,奥普拉·温弗瑞就是其中最受欢迎的一位。从脱口秀主持人到媒体执行官的蜕变,她成功的故事激励了千万人。

In my most recent post, I highlighted some of the challenges faced by female celebrities. Whether it is because of the difficulties they experience or because of some other factor, many of the actresses, musicians, and other women who reach celebrity fame could hardly be considered to be positive role models for girls and young women. They go in and out of rehab for alcohol or drug abuse, publicly flout the law, and willingly play into their own objectification by exploiting their sex appeal. However, this is not to say that the celebrity world is entirely devoid of female role models. Though they often don't receive as much attention as their more scandalous counterparts, there are some female celebrities who attempt to use their star power responsibly by empowering other women and acting like positive role models. Among the most loved of such celebrities in America is Oprah Winfrey, a talk show host turned media executive whose success story is an inspiration to many.


Many people consider Oprah Winfrey the epitome of the phrase “self-made woman”. As this label suggests, Winfrey came from a modest background and achieved fame and success based on her own merit. She was the first black woman to appear on Forbes' billionaire list, has won scores of broadcasting awards, and is today considered to be one of the most influential multimedia icons.


After a troubled adolescence, Winfrey entered broadcasting, first as a news anchor and later as a talk show host and actress. Before long, she had her own talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which quickly became one of the most popular and successful TV programs in America, primarily because of Winfrey's charismatic and empathetic personality that makes her at once a star and someone people feel they can relate to. Earlier this year, The Oprah Winfrey Show went off air after twenty-five seasons of consistently good ratings to allow Winfrey to focus on her newest project, her own cable channel.


What makes Winfrey such a powerful role model, however, is not merely her impressive success story. She has consistently used her influence as a broadcasting superstar to empower other women through the themes of her show and through philanthropy. For years, The Oprah Winfrey Show helped its primarily female audience confront emotional trauma and utilize self-help techniques. Now that the show is off air, Winfrey is attempting to use her new cable network, OWN, to perform the same task on a larger scale by scheduling nothing but inspirational and self-help programs. Beyond using her shows to empower women, Winfrey is also an active philanthropist. In 2007, Winfrey opened the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy For Girls in South Africa in an attempt to create a “nurturing educational environment for academically gifted girls who come from disadvantaged backgrounds”.


Although there are plenty of female celebrities who use their fame and fortune irresponsibly, Oprah Winfrey and others like her use their star power to inspire and empower others and are thus able to serve as the positive role models that some of their peers can never hope to be.



讨论:你喜欢哪一位女名人,为什么喜欢她? (Discussion Question: What female celebrities do you admire and why?)



Sources:
"Mission." Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy 
     Foundation, 2011. Web. 25 Aug. 2011. <http://www.owla.co.za/mission.htm>. 
"Oprah Winfrey." The New York Times 25 May 2011: n. pag. The New York Times. Web. 25 Aug. 2011. 
     <http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/w/oprah_winfrey/ 
     index.html?scp=1-spot&sq=oprah%20winfrey&st=cse>. 

"Oprah Winfrey Biography." Academy of Achievement. N.p., 21 Oct. 2010. Web. 25 Aug. 2011.
<http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/win0bio-1>.

Image:
Oprah Winfrey By U.S. federal government (Kennedy Center Honorees at The White House 2010) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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