For years, our small screens were awash in angsty male antiheros. Dark and tortured Don Draper types who wouldn’t know fierce if it kicked them in the cojones. Lately though, the TV tide seems to be shifting with a surplus of super fly females from surgeons to sorority queen bees. To mark the moment in Grrrrrrl Power, we’re rounding up the most butt-kicking women on the boob tube each week.
Demi Moore, 2016 SAG Awards
Dozens of starlets stormed Saturday night’s SAG Awards in the freshest designer looks. But who is everyone talking about around the water cooler today? Demi Moore, wearing a 2003 Zac Posen frock, plucked from her own closet. Not since Sharon Stone sported her hubby’s white shirt to the Oscars has a “this old thing?” style strategy been more impressively executed. Though certainly what 53-year-old Moore wore under her dress (namely, a body that just won’t quit) has something to do with that.
Fierce factor: 2.5/5 Beyoncés
Rizzo, Grease Live
As Rydell High’s mean, but oft-misunderstood bad girl, Rizzo provides the spice to counteract Sandy’s incessant sugar. High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens—who wasn’t even born when Stockard Channing perfected the role in 1978—brought surprising amount of snark and sass. Even more surprising: the fact that conservative Fox execs opted to leave in Rizzo’s signature number (“There Are Worse Things I Could Do”), which, let’s face it, is basically an ode to teenage promiscuity that suggests ’tis better to put out than to stay in on a Saturday night.
Fierce factor: 3/5 Beyoncés
Agent Scully, The X-Files
The hair is lighter, the shoulder padding less pronounced, but otherwise, not much has changed with the sultrier, more sensible half of our favourite alien-chasing duo. Note, that the whole frozen-in-time thing is particularly impressive given it’s been more than thirteen years since the original series went off the air. Since then, Scully has been working at a hospital and trying to figure out whether she gave birth to an alien that may or may not have something to do with this whole mutated children conspiracy involving a bunch of government bad guys. Or something like that. Seriously, haven’t the convoluted sci-fi story lines always been a backdrop against which to bask in Mulder and Scully’s scorching hot sex vibe?
Fierce factor: 4/5 Beyoncés