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Smurfette – Unlikely Style Icon

Verity Douglas
Writer and expert13 years ago
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As a little girl Smurfette was a complete icon to me, beautiful, stylish, girly and adored by hundreds of male Smurfs. Looking back with adult eyes it is slightly strange that there was only one female in the clan. If you read further the undertones become vaguely misogynistic. Smurfette was created out of clay by the Smurf's arch enemy Gargamel, in order to spread discord and jealously in their Village. Themes of Adam, Eve, rib bones and apple trees jump to mind...

But if you dissect any cartoon it's possible to find something to offend our delicate modern-day sensibilities, especially ones created in the 60's.

Hollywood has revamped the franchise, releasing a 3D movie later this month with another girly girl, Katy Perry, as her voice. It'll be interesting to see how today's need for airtight political correctness renders these origins in the new script.

I'm excited to see that blue is back for another generation and think we'll being seeing a lot more of this iconic image. alexia inge

Verity Douglas
Writer and expert
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Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...