Saturday 20 January 2018

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: If girls are aping Kate and Kim we're in trouble

Andy Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears
Andy Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears

ANDY Murray's well groomed lady, Kim Sears paints portraits of groomed dogs. She also watches, claps, beams, weeps daintily, and is always there, for the dour, world-class tennis player. Like Kate Middleton, she has long hair, a white smile, pleasing clothes, discreet jewellery and displays total loyalty. I can't imagine either of them breaking plates, swearing out loud out of sheer frustration.

Pippa, Kate's sister is in waiting for her rich knight to whisk her off to further lavish mediocrity (soon, Pips, soon). These are proper trophy women (PTW) who understand the deal. They are likely to wear pinky-beige shoes the same colour as Barbie's feet and support bandages. Safe. Diana and Fergie, though trained to marry up, were feistier, untameable refusniks. They had to go and did, one into a grave, the other driven by derision into obscurity.

Jamie Oliver's wife, Jools, and Tana, married to Gordon Ramsey, Sloanie scrummy mums represent phase 2 for PTW – they bear babies, appear in Hello! or chatter online about Pilates and mummy porn, stay size 8 and innocuously glam. I mean no disrespect to them as fellow humans. They look nice, seem happy. What I mind is the effect of their vacuity and lack of serious purpose on the younger generations.

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