I may have been too young to watch Sex and the City when it first aired in 1998, but when it was repeated on SABC 3 in my teens, I was hooked from the first episode. And since that first episode, I knew that I had found my spirit animal in Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), ESQ: Corporate Lawyer and Unmarried Woman.
Miranda was labelled as the cynic of the group – which wasn’t hard when surrounded by optimists like wishful Carrie and chipper Charlotte – and she regularly dished out some real talk when people needed to be brought back down to earth. Many fans of the show initially thought that she was too negative, constantly raining on other people’s parades, but I found this trait relatable. Finally someone on TV who spoke to my dark soul!
In hindsight, Miranda was not negative, but rather a realist in a world full of fantasists. She didn’t see the world through rose-tinted glasses and never failed to speak her mind. She was also a true feminist icon in a time when women desperately needed them, and was not only a hard worker, but was also quick to point out that women are as entitled to success and respect as our male counterparts. And that being a boss and taking ownership of your life doesn’t make you any less feminine or desirable. Can I get an ‘AMEN’?
Despite her strong exterior, as one got to know her through the six seasons, there were many moments where she showed her true vulnerability. She endured her fair share of struggles along the way, ranging from dating disasters to an unplanned pregnancy and losing a parent, and I was by her side for the whole ride. Her softer side was always there; it just took getting to know her to see it.
While she may not have been the favourite when the show first aired, over the last few years more and more closeted Miranda fans have been coming out of the woodworks. This shows a real shift in the way we view ourselves and each other. It’s as if it took close to two decades and a hit TV sitcom for us to realise that it’s okay to have unpopular opinions and to voice them, as loudly as we want to.
A few years ago Miranda’s popularity was firmly cemented in pop culture when an Instagram page, with the initial aim of documenting all the outfits seen on the show, launched a line of T-shirts for those in solidarity with the fiery redhead and formerly underrated character.
SHE’S BACK! Miranda tees are now available on backorder for a limited time only. 15% of the proceeds will be donated to @cynthiaenixon’s gubernatorial campaign, because we desperately need representatives who want a more equal New York and refuse to fund their campaigns with corporate contributions. Also, it’s the Miranda thing to do. Link in bio. #CynthiaNixon #WeShouldAllBeMirandas #ImWithMiranda #MirandaSolidarity
Never a truer slogan was printed on a piece of clothing. And it’s high time we all started embracing our inner Mirandas, even if it’s just a little bit. May her legacy live on in women everywhere for 20 more years, and counting.