Throughout time, the stereotypical idea of what it means to be a “classy” woman has changed and evolved. Previous generations may cite women such as Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly. Both of whom exuded grace and confidence, much like many classy women in today’s world. Today, in a world ruled by reality television and the internet, it can be hard to find women who embody all of these characteristics of past generations. Unfortunately, this often paints modern-day young women in a bad light. It gives off the impression that our generation has lost the ideals and morals that it takes to be a classy woman. However, being the millennial generation, we have the power to change that perception and show the world that we are worthy of standing among the ranks of the Kate Middleton’s and Audrey Hepburn’s of the world.

Of course, everyone’s definition of “classy” may differ slightly. Most people, however, would agree that being classy involves carrying oneself in a way that exudes confidence, compassion, and respect for others. First impressions matter. It is important to always put your best foot forward and treat every day as an opportunity to grow and refine yourself. Handle yourself in such a way that others will automatically be drawn to and respect and has the potential to influence the perception of young women. We need to show the world that us young women are able to follow our dreams and accomplish things that previous generations could only dream of.

An admittedly controversial topic revolves around the clothing choices of young women today. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for dressing however you feel confident and comfortable, but there is something to be said about how certain clothes or outfit choices impact how you are perceived by the outside world. It is important to remember that being perceived as classy and elegant involves a combination of carrying yourself properly, radiating confidence, and showing a sense of respect when in a formal or business-like setting. A good rule of thumb is to always check your outfit in the morning and decide whether it is an appropriate outfit to see your parents or grandparents in.

As future world leaders, we have been tasked with carrying on the perception of women as refined, classy, and motivated. In a world where women are jockeying for the same positions as men, and are viewed more equally to men now than in past generations, it is important to not let the hard work and dedication of many women who came before us to go to waste. In a world of powerful and classy politicians, actresses, and even princesses, we are certainly in good company. As a modern young woman, life is all about the balance between working hard and remaining the classy, graceful young women our parents raised us to be.

Joleen T
FFL Contributor
Joleen is a Contributor at FFL. She enjoys reading, going to Chipotle, and drinking copious amounts of coffee. You can find her at the library, or studying for the LSAT. Her goal is to become a lawyer, and eventually run for public office. Her role models are Nikki Haley and Sandra Day O’Connor.

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