That isn't included in the definition of a southern belle.(Brought over from the Tabloid thread...)
It doesn't appeal to me, either. I'm in the Northwest, and that overly baked peroxide-hair, veneered-teeth, perfect-manicure look just looks...fake to most of us. I just keep thinking of Holly Madison and the Playboy mansion girls.
Beyond that, though, if Emily had a sparkling personality and chemistry with Brad that I could see, I would have enjoyed this season a lot more. As it is, I'm just left scratching my head, since all I see is an enigma. I hear Emily say she's falling for Brad, but I cannot for the life of me actually see it. When she said those words, she was sitting so primly on the couch, barely touching him. Where's the passion?
LOVE the Barbie and Ken avatar, BTW. Hilarious, and so true!
Actually the title "southern belle" is very outdated. True Southern Belles no longer exist.
Originally Posted by 4233368It was used to describe a young woman from a wealthy elitist plantation owning family. They were raised by a Mammie and had slaves to wait on them. These girls were educated for the sole purpose to ensure an advantageous marriage. The rules of society had to be followed and the girls were expected to be virtuous and obedient to their parents. There were strict guidelines in courting, as the slightest "look or appearance of impropriety could ruin their reputation. Proper manners and etiquette was a must in the proper society and any deviation from that was not looked upon well. Even though they were born free of slavery the law looked upon the girls and women as property of the father or husband.
Once they were married they were expected to run their they would be the mistress to their husbands large plantation. Respectable Southern women were expected to do their part to hold up the plantation image which included being subservient to the powerful husband. The ‘true Southern lady’ was virtuous, self-sacrificing, and passive. Of course, while making sure the household was in perfect order, she was expected to be the perfect hostess and organize the lavish balls and receptions that were part of the social life. Many times the mistress was the one called upon for help in treating the sick on the plantation and in other times of distress when the husband was not around.