While there is no hard and fast rule for what a modern belle is, there are characteristics that define a belle.
- Part of our purpose in life is to be a caretaker. We love nurturing people, cooking for them, helping someone with projects around their house or yard, making them a care package for when they are sick. This is why belles have such tight networks of friends, and make excellent wives and mothers.
- Presentation matters. It’s not about being shallow; it’s about knowing that if you don’t think you are worth the time and effort it takes to fix your hair and make-up then why should anyone else think you are worth their time. This means no going to the grocery store in your pjs ladies (or men for that matter)!
- You show us a room and we see a stage. From an early age we are taught the art of polite conversation. We can charm and entertain in any social situation, the junior league luncheon, the company Christmas party, or even the reception of a giant conference. We don’t need to know a single soul walking in, but everyone we will have talked to will feel like we are lifelong friends when the evening is over.
- We are ladies…and not just because we are female. We were brought up knowing that a woman can do anything a man can. BUT just because we can doesn’t mean we should. Because of this knowledge the traditional gender roles don’t scare us, we embrace our caretaker role and love men who are protectors and providers.
- Speaking of doing anything man can, you can put us in an evening gown with diamonds or pearls any day, but we all have a little country in us. We don’t mind using a little elbow grease, getting sweaty and muddy. You can find us sitting on tailgates, around bonfires, and in deer blinds as often as you find us in Uptown for sushi dinner.
We are never one thing, we are deeply complex creatures. The modern belle is a tightrope walker. We masterfully walk the line of charm and class, being traditional but evolved, embracing the simple things in life while still striving to be better.