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.
Which word describes you or a loved one? What brings you to this conclusion? Share your thoughts and stories.
- Take a Break with the Mermaids (miriamgomberg.wordpress.com)
- A Year in Books/Day 70: Vamp The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara (onetrackmuse.com)
- Odd Jobs: Professional Mermaid – Businessweek (exitbusiness.wordpress.com)