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08 July 2011 @ 01:09 pm
strong female leads  

I am–because I’m sick of being fat and wish to put together a collage of inspiring shapes–looking for suggestions for actresses* whose biceps make you go RAWR. Physically strong female characters, but not Buffy-style strong: Buffy kicks ass, absolutely, but she’s tiny. Scarlett Johannsen looked terrific in a black leather catsuit in IM2, but I wouldn’t actually be all that worried if she threatened to punch me, and I dunno, Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider maybe but there’s a difference between visible muscle because you’re buff and visible muscle because you’re too goddamned skinny, and she’s on the too skinny end at this point. I’m thinking Linda Hamilton in T2, Sigourney Weaver in the Aliens films, Jada Pinkett-Smith in Matrix Reloaded.

Twitter’s come up with a great list of suggestions already, many of whom are people I can’t believe I didn’t think of: Gina Torres, who is one of the hottest women on earth as far as I’m concerned (and oh *god* I wish they had cast her as Wonder Woman) in general; Angela Bassett in Strange Days; Dina Meyer** particularly in Starship Troopers but also in general; Tilda Swinton particularly as the White Witch; Renee O’Connor and Lucy Lawless from Xena; Claudia Black as Aeryn Sunn; Katee Sackhoff as Starbuck & Grace Park as Boomer; Geena Davis in Long Kiss Goodnight.

(Why, I asked in despair, are so many of these examples from the 90s? There are others which aren’t: Jessica Biel in Blade/Stealth/etc, Jennifer Garner, Peta Wilson who crossed from the 90s into the Oughts, Michelle Rodriguez, but still. I guess strong was sexier immediately after T2.)

Anyway, so who are some of your physical ideals, the women whose biceps make you go RAWR?

*Actresses rather than athletes, because (neverminding the improbable physique of most film actresses) part of the idea is to look at people who have gone through a physical transformation to reach buffitude rather than at people whose job, basically, is to be buff.

**I love Dina Meyer. I somewhat irrationally believe that Dina Meyer is what Cassandra from the Highlander TV show actually looks like, rather than looking like Tracey Scoggins, who played her.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Mary Annepers1stence on July 8th, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
(i think you meant Grace Park, rather than Grace *Jones*)

She's not an actress, but Michelle Obama has quite the toned arms and clearly works at it, despite the demands on her schedule. And while she's slender, I don't think she's unwholesomely so...

I wonder how buff the actress who plays Zeva David in NCIS is? Her character is tough and the actress is fairly spry, but she doesn't wear short sleeves or tank tops much...
kitmizkit on July 8th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
*fixes that*

Yeah, that's one problem with costuming! I don't know if Amanda Tapping (Sam Carter on SG:1) was ever *buff* cause I never saw her arms, but she sure was hot... :)
UrsulaVursulav on July 8th, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what her name was, but way back on the Hercules TV show, there was Atalanta, who, completely ignoring all mythology attached to the name, was a blacksmith and...dude.
elektra_helektra on July 8th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
Atalanta was played by Cory Everson, a fairly well-known body builder. But, well, yeah. She came into body building after Bev Francis, when it became okay for women to be big.
Axisor: Poe - Sleepingaxisor on July 8th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Jessica Alba -- Dark Angel

Also, i recall some article at some point that said Michelle Obama (not an actress) has beautiful sexy arms and gets it by using 3lb weights
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Flitterbyflit on July 10th, 2011 09:01 am (UTC)
That movie made me lurve Angela Basset so much. She needs some more good roles!
Any further questions? Ask the shrimp!txvoodoo on July 8th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Alex Kingston as River Song — not incredibly buff, but STRONG. And how much do I love that a woman over 45 is shown as strong, clever, and incredibly sexy?

Right with you on Dina Meyer. I guess she's doing ok with the Saw movies, but I can't watch those. I wish she'd had more in the Dizzy type of role.
The Muse, Amused: scc - come with me if you want to livepenmage on July 8th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
Sarah Connor, played by both Lena Headey and Linda Hamilton!
pgwfolcpgwfolc on July 8th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this. I can't think of any names offhand that aren't already on the list, but this is something that has irked me for years. (Not that I obsess over it. Call it a pet peeve, perhaps?) The women you see on the screen are getting skinnier and skinnier, and losing all definition in their limbs. All sign of curves. I remember a decade ago having a crush on a girl and specifically praising her biceps because even then shapely arms were showing strong signs of becoming a lost art.

So... good luck on your quest. And thank you for standing up for healthy and curvy, and not just skinny tubes (like, say, Rosie Huntington-Wheatley).

Oh, and yes. Dina Meyer. Never saw Starship Troopers, but she will always be especially hot to me because she brought Oracle/Barbara Gordon/Batgirl to vivid, butt-kicking life in the short-lived Birds of Prey TV series. (She was about the only good thing in the show, truth to tell, but she made the whole thing absolutely worth it.)
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on July 8th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
I wish they had done more with Birds of Prey.

There was a woman on America's Got Talent with incredible biceps. Then again, she was a bodybuilder/opera singer. She got eliminated, though.
GM Ceosannaceosanna on July 8th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
The only addition to the names other people listed is Rutina Wesley from True Blood. She definitely has tickets to the gun show ... I mean, she has some RAWR-inducing biceps.

While I'm not nearly as well known as any of them (except in some Browncoat circles), I like to think I have pretty good biceps, too. (Please excuse the silly face in the second link.)
GM Ceosannaceosanna on July 8th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
Totally forgot about Demi Moore, especially from the late 1990s (Striptease and G.I. Jane).
kitmizkit on July 8th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
Jesus, you're amazing. Between you and my sister, you're my real-life hot-body role models!

And yes, yes, Rutina Wesley is to die for. Homina!
GM Ceosannaceosanna on July 8th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks!

I totally went off the deep end a few weeks ago and started P90X. My husband was going to keep at it with me, but he waived the white flag after two days. Tomorrow marks the end of week 5, and I'm definitely seeing results. For example, while I've always had defined biceps, I'm starting to see some definition in my triceps. WOO!

Also? I forgot to mention this earlier. You're hardly fat, m'dear!
kitmizkit on July 8th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, Ted was talking about P90X. I'm not nearly studly enough to even consider it. Maybe if I haul my ass into better shape over the next three months or something. :) Go you, though! Woot!
GM Ceosannaceosanna on July 12th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
The closer I get to 40, the less my normal routine is working. I needed something that would shake things up a bit, and I was tired of just saying I needed to do something different. It was time to actually get off my duff and do it, yanno?

I just barely passed the evaluation tests that determine whether or not you should start the program, and honestly I wasn't sure if I should start it until I got in a little better shape. They even tell you that you should complete one of the other Beachbody programs before attempting P90X, but I bit the bullet anyway. I have a lot of residual issues from the emergency back surgery I had a few years ago, so I have to modify a few moves and sometimes go at my own slightly slower pace; however, I'd still recommend the program to someone thinking about it.

So, um, yeah. If you (or Ted) are thinking about it? I'd say go for it! Just make sure to listen to your body during each workout.
kitmizkit on July 12th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I'm pretty sure if you, who are magnificent, barely passed the eval tests that I would fail with flying colors. :)
GM Ceosannaceosanna on July 12th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Pshaw, I bet you'd surprise yourself!
kitmizkit on July 12th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
I would be very, very surprised. :)
Amber n Tealamber_n_teal on July 10th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest Rutina Wesley too. She doesn't just have nice biceps but a great 6 pack too!
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on July 8th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Michelle Yeoh Chi-King! Also Yukari Oshima, who is now retired; Cynthia Yang Li Tsing (also sometimes billed as Cynthia Khan).
HL Henriksonveilofgrace on July 8th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
I always thought Rachel Luttrell as Teyla Emmagen had rawr-worthy arms, and that's not something I usually notice. Trying to find pictures, they don't look that good. Must've been when she was actually using them.
Janne: Lunchjanne on July 9th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Michelle Obama was the one that came to my mind too. (And if I was looking for that kind of inspiration myself I'd probably include Roman gymnasts just because :)
Miss May: me surprisedvalancymay on July 11th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
Angela Basset, definitely, but you already have her.