Miriam Gomberg

Are you a vamp or a diva?

Cleopatra as portrayed by Theda Bara in the 19...

Cleopatra as portrayed by Theda Bara in the 1917 movie Cleopatra, in a costume of dubious historical accuracy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Mermaid by John William Waterhouse.

A Mermaid by John William Waterhouse. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you think about it, how many expressions can you find to characterize women?Clara Bow: a true Vamp

  1. Chick
  2. Gal
  3. Bitch
  4. Broad
  5. Dame
  6. Lady
  7. Vamp
  8. Diva

Each descriptive paints a different portrait as to her persona. A dame or lady is classy, chick or bitch is someone you don’t like or ironically reserved for your best friends. What about vamp or diva?

People confuse vamp with diva by placing them both in the catagory of high maintenance women. The dictionary defines vamp as, “a woman who uses sexual attraction to exploit men.” In comparison, Diva is defined as  “a woman regarded as temperamental or haughty.”

 Sexy and I know it…

The word vamp was popularized in the early 1900’s. Famous vamp’s include Theda Bara, Clara Bow, and Gene Tierney. A vamp capitalizes on her sex appeal to get what she wants, realizing and celebrating her physical assets in the process. Vamps are strong women with a cutting edge, and it makes no difference how others perceive her because she is not attempting to please the masses.

A diva also gets what she wants, but is whiny about it. Traditionally reserved for singers and stemming from the Italian word for goddess, diva’s act as if everyone else is below them in status. They will only perform in perfect conditions.

Given a choice, I would rather be a vamp. I am not reluctant to be sexy and utilize assets to my best advantage. Lately, I have discovered my inner vamp through being a beginner mermaid (yes, I said mermaid).

I recently partnered with the fabulous Pamela Morse and mermaid photographer extraordinaire Cate Vail to produce a mermaid camp where we celebrate  feminine spirit. The further I delve into a mermaids life, the more I unleash my vampy side.

my best vamp pose

my best vamp pose

Which word describes you or a loved one? What brings you to this conclusion? Share your thoughts and stories.

This entry was published on April 13, 2012 at 11:31 am. It’s filed under Personal Brand, Random and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Are you a vamp or a diva?

  1. Pamela Morse on said:

    This is a fabulous post. I am crazy about the costume of dubious historical accuracy and plan to copy it…

  2. I think most of us have a bit of all in us… 🙂

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