Embracing Your Inner Miranda

Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni are known for running the unique Instagram account @everyoutfitonsatc. Fairless and Garroni’s love for the early 2000’s HBO series Sex and the City and the fierce outfits worn on the show is passionate and unwaivering. Their latest display of affection? A practical parody titled We Should All Be Mirandas: Life Lessons from Sex and the City’s Most Underrated Character.

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While they help identify who is a Miranda and why, the SATC-obsessed authors also point to a larger picture: why viewers of the show have been so reluctant to identify as a Miranda all these years. 

As lovers of the iconic show will often admit, the seemingly most appealing and relatable character is Carrie Bradshaw. With her legendary outfits, career at Vogue and love life, why wouldn’t you want to be a Carrie? But Fairless and Garroni squash that notion and explain to readers that they should embrace their inner Miranda Hobbes, because we definitely all have a little bit of her in us.

Since Sex and the City first grabbed the world’s attention when it aired in the summer of 1998, friend groups all over debated who was most like each character. Even my closest friends and I have decided between us. There’s the fabulous Carrie, the promiscuous Samantha, the conventional Charlotte, and the workaholic Miranda. But when friends try and figure out who’s who, those that are coined a Miranda never feel too ecstatic about it.

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Fairless and Gironi take this idea and throw it in the trash. They dwell on the fact that no one wants to be a Miranda because in society, women aren’t meant to be independent, wealthy by their own means and hard-working, business suit wearing feminists. But when you think about it, how absurd is that! Throughout the series, Miranda works even harder than her friends to afford her designer suits and chic Manhattan apartment. She even raises a child practically on her own. The real question becomes why wouldn’t you want to be a Miranda?

With illustrations by Carly Jean Andrews that electrify each page, this ode to Miranda Hobbes in the form of a hardcover book fully explains why women shouldn’t fear being the Miranda of their friend group. And if you’re not a Miranda yet, Fairless and Garroni will surely help you get there by using a satirical spin on 80’s women self-help books (you know, the kind where it almost sounds like the author is mansplaining information), making you chuckle as you turn each page. 

By the time the back cover is reached, readers who identify as a Miranda will be proud while those who are deemed the Miranda of their friend group will have an affirming sense of joy. Those who don't fall under either category will at least be inspired to buy a pant suit or maybe even go for that law degree they've always been interested in.