WCW: Ashley Judd
We're crushing on Ashley Judd this week, obvs.
It’s WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY, a weekly feature from MTV Breaks where we celebrate all the women who are out there making us proud.
Whether that’s by fighting for fantastic causes, challenging stereotypes, or by power-housing it to the top of their careers, a woman that’s smart, motivated and ambitious is super-sexy. And, yeah, we definitely would.
So which sensational señorita are we celebrating (and crushing on majorly) today? Drumroll… it’s ASHLEY JUDD!
Ashley Judd is a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress who has starred in films like Ruby In Paradise, Where the Heart Is and Divergent. But what you may not know is that she is a passionate campaigner for social justice, and flies around the world to help protect those in need.
Ashley panels discussions, makes speeches, serves on boards, works with NGOs and is the ambassador of many projects and organisations involved in issues about human rights, maternal health, sexual abuse… you name it. Basically, she has taken on a superhuman amount over the years because she’s passionate about helping those who don’t have a voice.
BUT there’s a special reason we chose her THIS week as opposed to any other.
On Saturday Ashley showed the world what she was made of and instead of simply joining the Women’s March on Washington after Trump’s inauguration as a member of the crowd, she said “f**k it!” (probably) and took to the stage instead. Her STUNNING speech on social injustice and gender equality made headlines all around the world and was comprised of a poem written by Nina Donovan, an incredibly talented 19-year-old from Tennessee.
It was about the idea of a “nasty woman” (a term Trump coined Hillary in an election debate). “I am not as nasty as a swastika painted on a Pride, and I didn’t know devils could be resurrected but I feel Hitler in these streets,” she recited. It also covered female inequality and issues of sexual assault which were central to the march, “I can’t see, my eyes are too busy praying to my feet hoping you don’t mistake eye contact for wanting physical contact. Half my life I have been zipping up my smile, hoping you don’t think I wanna unzip your jeans.”
Wow. And even though the speech has received a backlash as well as praise, Ashley has proved she is strong enough to stand up to the haters. She posted a picture of a woman's comment on Instagram that read, “The social media backlash is horrifying and you had to know that was coming. Don’t know how you do it but so glad you do,” and captioned it, “I am a #NastyWomen. Still. Because. #WhyIMarch”. KILLED it.
So thanks Ashley for not just sticking up for all our lady rights, but for preaching so many important messages in such a bold and empowering way, taking the evitable brunt for it afterwards, yet staying “nasty” for us. You’re beyond a DOUBT our biggest crush this week.
HAPPY WEDNESDAY EVERYONE!