Why Every Woman Should Be Watching The Bold Type

Alexandra Moss

  
I recently attended the premier screening of The Bold Type , an upcoming tv show following a group of young women working for a magazine. You’re thinking of The Devil Wears Prada, right? Sure. If Miranda Priestly encourages you in every aspect of your life and respects you enough to compliment your decisions. This Editor in Chief motivates her team to move mountains. I walked out of the room thinking, “I want to be like that. I want to encourage and inspire women.”

The show follows Jane (Katie Stevens), Sutton (Meghann Fahy) and Kat (Aisha Dee) through their journey working for Scarlet magazine (based on Cosmo). You watch them learn how to get over heartbreak, face uncomfortable situations and find their voice.
I’m obsessed. I’m not going to give you any spoilers, but I will tell you that you are denying yourself joy and encouragement if you don’t tune in. You’ll find yourself wanting to hold Jane’s hands and steal Kat’s confidence. Seriously. I want it. I might be able to rule the world with that level of self-assurance.

After the show, there was a Q&A.  Does anyone else love Q&A’s?  You get insight into all the tensions between the cast and crew that you don’t see in the show, find out who’s a diva in real life and decide if anyone you watch on screen is actually a decent human being. If you love getting all the behinds the scenes dirt and drama, better luck somewhere else. You won’t find any here.

The girls’ onscreen friendship seems to mimic their real-life relationships and I can’t help but want to be a part of the crew. When you put a bunch of women who encourage each other and lift each other up, you have strong relationships that last a lifetime.

Since the show is loosely based on real-life magazine Cosmopolitan, Editor in Chief Joanna Coles was on the panel. Her real-life friendship with Melora Hardin who plays the Editor in Chief of Scarlet, Jacqueline, (the character based on Joanna) is actual goals. In the show, Jacqueline plays such an important role in making sure her team knows that they are valued and important. She lets them know how much stronger they are than they imagine, pushes them outside of their comfort zones and still expects nothing but excellence. I couldn’t help but think, “This is exactly what I want to be in life. This is what I want to do. This is what I want to accomplish with anyone that works under me.”

I am all about women who empower other women so I’ll admit that I have a bit of a success crush on Joanna Gains. When I told her how much of her is what I want to be she smiled at me and said, “Dream Bigger”.
Okay Joanna, I will.   

I love this show. I found myself covering my eyes because I felt like I was living some of the cringe-worthy moments that we all put ourselves through. When good things came about, I wanted to jump in and celebrate life with these women I’ve never met. When I left I screamed as a train passed by because the show made me realize how much I needed it. Towards the end, I felt a tear falling down my face and wiped it off thinking, “Why am I crying?”  And they kept coming.  Before I knew it I was in the bathroom fixing my mascara all the while feeling more empowered than I ever have.

Do yourself a favor and tune into Freeform on July 11th at 9/8c.
I promise you won’t regret it.

Alexandra is planted in New York City which she considers to be the greatest city in the world (Paris is a close second). She had moved over thirty times by the age of twelve and has since lost count. This brought on an insane case of wanderlust for which she hopes to never find a cure.  Growing up, she was a huge Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen fan which led her to find a love for fashion as they grew to be designers.  She considers Audrey Hepburn to be the best dressed person of all time and often looks through pictures of her when she can't decide what to wear. She has an avid fear of getting wrinkles and avoids things that bring them like the plague.

She absolutely hates to be alone and finds any excuse to plan parties, cook for friends, or even herd children. You will often find her watching Annie (2014), crafting, convincing people to hold her hand, wearing dark lipstick, asking someone what their favorite thing about life is, or sitting with half a watermelon in her lap with a spoon. She loves to win (even in noncompetitive situations), Christmas, and to serve people in any way she can.