This past weekend, I curled up in my favorite chair with a cup of tea and turned on the Golden Globes Red Carpet. I had the best evening live tweeting the event for our sister site, The Refined Side. I shared my favorite gowns of the evening and enjoyed chatting with fellow bloggers and tweeters who were also watching.
It was fun, upbeat, positive – a lovely way to spend a Sunday night!
So, what does this have to do with Kate? The Duchess of Cambridge has three events coming up in the next week, and we can expect three possibly new outfits. I would love to say that I expect a positive response – yay, new outfits! events! hair! Kate! – but in my experiences over the last few months, royal watchers have become increasingly negative and critical on social media.
At nearly every event over the past few months, I have noticed a storm of Facebook comments, tweets, Instagrams, and Tumblr posts being unnecessarily critical of Kate’s outfit. If it wasn’t her outfit, it was her hair. If it wasn’t her hair, it was her weight/shoes/make-up/jewelry/heel height/hem length. The Royal Fashion Police manage to criticize the most minute details. If the Duchess of Cambridge read these messages, she would undoubtedly be hurt by them.
Of course, there are positive comments – both with praise and critiques. However, I have become overwhelmed and discouraged by the negative. How can we – as women – say we want to be supportive of other women, put an end to bullying behaviors, and lift each other up when we are catty and rude to our role model? We are disrespecting the very woman we look up to every day.
If we ask ourselves, “what would Kate do?”, I can confidently tell you that publicly criticizing someone’s appearance is not it. What would Kate do when she saw a celebrity or friend in a new outfit? Focus on the positive, and leave the negativity out of the conversation.
The Duchess of Cambridge looks amazing every time she leaves the house. She is a beautiful, confident woman who radiates happiness and positivity. Perhaps we should take a note from Roald Dahl who says “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” Lets stay positive, upbeat, and fun, so we can always look lovely, too.