Woman Crush Wednesday

Image result for Lydia MartinLydia Martin – Beacon Hills resident harbinger of death, the wailing lady, she is a Banshee. Not only is she beautiful and outgoing lay popular but she is also brilliant, brave and compassionate. But she wasn’t always that way when first introduced Lydia came off as a shallow, vain, mean girl who hid how smart she was by playing dumb. That all changed though when she befriended Alison, Scott, and Stiles, she began to shed her persona and learned about the joy she had in helping people struggling and some traumatized. It wasn’t the easiest heroes journey, having been mulled by Peter which followed her into hearing voices, hallucinating, and entering fugue states which usually led to finish dead bodies. Eventually it was revealed to her that she was in fact the Wailing Woman, a Banshee; her latent abilities which she inherited from her grandmother were actived by Peter’s attack. 

Since this revelation, Lydia has struggled to learn the full scope of her powers and how to use them, often lamenting the fact that her powers were passive, spontaneous, and largely out of her control, unlike the comparatively easier-to-use powers of shapeshifters such as her Werewolf and Werecoyote friends that could be used both actively and defensively. Despite her frustrations, Lydia’s ability to sense imminent death has given the pack numerous advantages in battles, though very few people give her credit for just how powerful she is. When the Deadpool started in Beacon Hills in January 2012, Lydia was the second-highest valued target at $20 million, both as a result of her powerful ability to foretell death and the equally-powerful and unique pack who was sure to fight to protect her.

Recently, due to injuries sustained when Theo Raekenentered her mind to sense her memories, Lydia became temporarily catatonic, causing her to be admitted into the supernatural ward of Eichen House. While there, Dr. Gabriel Valack performed trephination on her, which amplified her abilities to the point that she briefly possessed extra-sensory perception. It was confirmed by Alan Deaton in Amplificationthat Lydia is an exceptionally powerful Banshee, even despite the fact that Lydia still does not yet know the full extent of her powers, which is likely at least part of why Valack was so determined to use her to figure out the identity of the Beast of Gevaudan.

As of Lie Ability, Lydia was rescued from Eichen House and returned to her loved ones, with Alan Deaton using mistletoe paste to reverse the effects of Valack’s trephination and causing her to lose her extra-sensory perception. However, thanks to Meredith Walker, a fellow Banshee and a friend and ally of Lydia and the McCall Pack, Lydia has since learned how to use her voice as an offensive weapon, allowing her to channel the power of her voice through her hands to create concussive blasts that can forcefully throw a grown person backward away from her. This combined with her newly-learned close-quarters combat skills, taught to her by Jordan Parrish, has given her the ability to better defend herself from threats even if the pack is not around to assist her.

In Season 6, Lydia’s powers have continued to grow, which included Lydia experiencing an astral premonition of a past event in 1987 where she was able to physically interact with another Banshee, Lenore, and she demonstrated the ability to use her scream to kill a Ghost Rider and the phantom version of Claudia Stilinski that they conjured. As of the end of the first half of the final season, Lydia has graduated from Beacon Hills High School and has been accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she will be starting college as a junior.

Lydia was born to Natalie Martin and Mr. Martin in mid-March of 1994 and has attended school with Scott McCall and Stiles Stilinski for most of her life, judging by Stiles’ comments that he has had a crush on her since the third grade (“Formality“). At some point in her academic career, her IQ was tested, and she rated a genius-level score of 170. (“Unleashed“) When she was young, she was very close to her paternal grandmother Lorraine, with whom she read many books. Her favorite was The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, which she loved so much that she insisted she be called Ariel, a trait Lorraine found adorable. (“Monstrous“)

When Lydia was in elementary school, her grandmother was sent to Eichen House; while Lydia’s parents were sure that Lorraine was mentally ill, in reality, she was a Banshee who could hear voices and other sounds on a level of the universe no one else could perceive, as well as experience almost psychic-esque premonitions of impending deaths.

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Woman Crush Wednesday

Related imageBuffy Summers – In every generation there is a Chosen One and in the late 20th century that Chosen One was Buffy Anne Summers. At the age of fifteen, Buffy was called as the next Slayer, turning her ordinary life in Los Angeles upside down. After a destructive incident at her high school involving vampires though she was expelled and along with her mother moved to Sunnydale, a beacon for the supernatural being that it was above a Hellmouth, from there she becomes a guardian for the town. When it comes to her duty she can be considered a bit of a rebel, not conforming to what being a Slayer traditionally meant. Between her attachment to a normal life and having close friends who not only know her identity but help her in her battle against evil, which goes directly against the insistence that the Slayer must work alone. Buffy can be rebellious, overly casual and her emotions can get the best of her she is still a great Slayer. And even though she originally desired a normal life rather than that of a mystical hero eventually Buffy grows to embrace her destiny as the Slayer.

Character wise I think Buffy may just be the most amazing of all. She got swung out of a mundane life and was just expected to accept her duty but she couldn’t stop herself from wanting to just be normal again. Even still, she couldn’t ignore her duty, her destiny. She fought against the evils that try to endlessly plague the world all the while trying to keep her humanity in check. Not only that but she also recognizes the gray in life; who you are and what you do is never simple, no matter how much you wish it to be, you can’t simply close your mind and just judge by primary knowledge.

There are a lot of things to love about Buffy; she’s strong, caring, a total badass but at the same time she is very human, flawed and emotional, all of it. She’s not a girl who just does her duty and forgets what is done, she holds on to everything, the pain and love and memories, and she uses it. More than anything I think Buffy is an example of evolving and learning and becoming who you are meant to be by being who you want to be.

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Image result for lilly singhLilly Singh/iiSuperwomanii – The Canadian YouTube personality, vlogger, comedian, feminist, writer, and actress. Since she began her YouTube channel in October 2010 she has been ranked 3rd on Forbes 2016’s list of world’s highest-paid YouTube stars, received an MTV Fandom Award, three Streamy Awards, two Teen Choice Awards and a People’s Choice Award. Not to mention having over 11 million subscribers and nearly 2 billion views on her main YouTube channel, putting her in the Top 100 of YouTube. YouTube isn’t all that makes her great, she has done things from releasing a lipstick with Smashbox called ‘BAWSE,’ to releasing a film titled ‘A Trip to Unicorn Island,’ to starting a movement with WE charities called #GirlLove, to releasing her first book, ‘How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life,’ this year.

There are really so many things that you can admire about Lilly Singh, but I think the biggest thing for me is that even after her fame and fortune she kept working hard and proving that if you put your mind to it, anything can happen. I mean she literally went from being an average person, who was looking for direction really, to a worldwide icon by being herself and expressing herself and finding passion. It’s like she dreams things and then actually sets out to do those things; to accomplish more while still staying committed to things like her YouTube videos and especially to her fans.

She set out to do more and be more. She became a role model. She owns being herself and loving others as well as yourself. She’s even created a movement for women and works to change the conversation. Those are the things that make Lilly Singh beyond amazing, it’s not her just her success it’s the committed and genuine person that she continues to be. She’s an inspiration really because she earns what she has through hard work every day and a positive outlook and all the while keeping a big heart. Lilly Singh is the type of real-world person you want to look up to.

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Woman Crush Wednesday

Wonder Woman – The immortal Princess Diana of the Amazons, daughter of Queen Hippolyta, and given power by Gods to fight against the evil that plagues this world. She is not only one of the most famous heroine of all time but has been a feminists icon since her debut in 1941. With her beauty, brains, and brawn Diana enters the world of hero, equal, in some cases better, to any man and a symbol for every woman. Her heroic journey all began when the army pilot Steve Trevor crash landed on the secluded shores of Themyscira; this caused the events that led Diana to enter rest of the world and make her people known. The place she entered though was not what she expected, with things like war, hate, discrimination, there was a lot for Diana to learn. But she wasn’t intimidated and with the help of her superhuman strength and speed, not to mention magic gauntlets and the Lasso of Truth, Wonder Woman was born and not only was she a force against evil but she is also an advocate for peace.

Beyond being my all time favorite superhero, possibly tied with Superman, she was probably the first woman I idolized for her character. I feel like she has always represented a more black and white vision of what is good and evil. Unlike so many other heroes her journey wasn’t triggered by some tragic event but rather her desire to save a world that she didn’t really know but knew she had to save. She was born to fight against evil but she did more that, she enter our world, the world of man, and became a symbol of strength and love

More than anything I love what Wonder Woman stands for. Her biggest issues have always been about peace and love and equal and those are some of the most amazing things to admire. Both as Wonder Woman and Diana Prince, she is part of our world with a desire to make it better. She was one of the first characters that represented a woman in a man’s world but made it her own. Wonder Woman is more than icon she is a role model, she’s something to strike for and recognize and that’s why love her character so much.

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Image result for lois laneLois Lane – Possibly the greatest reporter in the world, consistently the first on the scene, if not right the in middle, of one crisis to the next. She is willing to do anything to get to the truth and get her story. At least that is how DC comics describes her and I agree.

Yes, she is Superman’s love interest, the pair being one of personal favorite love stories, but first and foremost, Lois Lane is a self-made badass. Right from the beginning, when she was introduced in the pre-feminist times of the 50’s, Lois Lane has been ahead of her times as a strong working woman. She faces challenges and never gives, and that is probably what lands her into unthinkably dangerous situations but something to admire as brave. She stands up for what she believes in, the truth, and she fights to be heard and to be seen as an equal.

But it’s not only her strength that is worth looking up to, there is also the layer of love and compassion. She is the only woman meant for Superman because she’s always stood by his side, not behind him or trying to control him but rather as his partner. She’s madly in love and sometimes that’s the scariest thing of all. She portrays admirable qualities of love, between loyalty and trust and even vulnerability. Her love for the Man of Steel slash bubbling reporter, Clark Kent, always comes off as pure.

Lois Lane is an embodiment of having it all; she is her own woman driven by her career but she has a romantic side and isn’t ashamed of being saved, probably because she does a little of her own saving from time to time too. She is a female character that has always been portrayed as a human girl who is ambitious, strong, loyal and smart, and that’s what makes her so amazing, a girls role model of sorts. I know for me personally there are a lot of things about Lois Lane that I wish to aspire to.

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