It is going to be really interesting when guys come forward from a few years back and start talking about how this B+ list actress who probably won’t ever act again used to charge by the hour for companionship.
Let the Misogynistic Public Shaming of Meghan Markle Now Commence
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement to great fanfare exactly one week ago today, but, already, in the grand tradition of treating women (both super-famous and not) like garbage, the misogynistic public shaming of Markle has begun. “Meghan Markle Resume [sic] Reveals Many Skills . . . Like Stripping and Juggling!!!,” TMZ trumpeted today (in a story that has since been taken down), citing an old, pre-Suits CV in which Markle supposedly lists “stripper” and “masseuse” among her titles. “No wonder Harry put a ring on it.” Actually, Markle may be the one marrying Prince Harry for his noted strip billiards skills—but, alas, the sexual shaming is thus far being reserved exclusively for Markle. How utterly predictable.
Since their royal engagement—a rare shot of happiness in what is often a dark, depressing news landscape—there have been copious reports painting Markle as a silly sex object who’s been plucked from obscurity by the prince rather than the accomplished activist she is. At worst, it’s flagrantly racist, like the Daily Mail “headline”: “Now That’s Upwardly Mobile! How in 150 years, Meghan Markle’s family went from cotton slaves to royalty via freedom in the U.S. Civil War.” Other times, it dredges up Markle’s less-glamorous past (her normalcy, it seems, inspires both adoration and mockery), including breathlessly reporting the fact that she formerly side-hustled as a freelance calligrapher who did the invitations for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s 2005 wedding, and that—OMG, LOL—in 2006 and 2007, she was a briefcase model on Deal or No Deal. There’s no shame in freelance calligraphy or game show appearances while trying to make it in Hollywood—Markle, ever-gracious, told Esquire in 2013 that the Deal gig was “in the category of things I was doing while I was auditioning to try to make ends meet.” But where are the splashy Us Weekly and TMZ headlines announcing that before Markle was a briefcase model, she was interning at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina? We’ll wait.
That’s because it’s all the more convenient to adhere to the Cinderella story that Markle is nothing more than a pretty girl (and, because, she’s biracial, somehow an extra-lucky one) than a successful 36-year-old woman who starred for seven seasons on a popular and positively reviewed cable drama—USA’s Suits—and a longtime feminist and formidable activist in her own right. Long before she was camping under the stars in Botswana with the prince, Markle was a U.N. Women advocate, an ambassador for World Vision (traveling to Rwanda for the organization’s clean water campaign), and a counselor at One Young World, speaking out about gender equality and modern slavery. “I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches,” she said on a trip to Afghanistan with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on a USO tour in 2014. “I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works.” – Read more