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Olivia Munn Takes a Cue From F. Scott Fitzgerald

“When a girl feels that she's perfectly groomed and dressed she can forget that part of her. That's charm. The more parts of yourself you can afford to forget the more charm you have.”

--Marjorie, “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”

There’s a lesson many aspiring models and actresses could stand to learn. Believe it or not, most attractive women can successfully convey haughty unattainability, so that’s not really a commodity here in Hollywood. The real value is in modesty - forgetting your appearance, as Bernice is counseled, and letting your charm shine through. Sounds simple enough, right? Apparently, however, it’s fairly difficult because: (1) it’s incredibly rare, and (2) it’s incredibly rare despite the success of women who manage to pull it off.


Take for just one example Olivia Munn (above). She went from chomping hot dogs on “Attack of the Show” to garnering a leading role in Aaron Sorkin’s much anticipated new HBO drama, “The Newsroom.” Munn just seems like one of those self-effacing women who can hang out with the boys and have a beer, even though they’re all secretly crushing out on her. There’s value in that.


Just ask Mal Malloy. With her casual, approachable demeanor she represented the antithesis of the brittle arrogance flaunted by your typical urban model, and it was refreshing for people. Hence, her popularity. People will continue to do what comes easiest. But for the few willing to challenge themselves and who have everything else in place, you may find success comes faster than you’d imagined.

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