Did you know that Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about lead singer Freddy Mercury of legendary rock band Queen, is streaming on Prime Video? I really enjoyed this movie and I learned a lot about Freddy Mercury by watching it. My favorite part is at the beginning of the film when Freddy, played by Rami Malek, walks into a women’s clothing store under the partial guise of seeing a woman, Mary Austin, that he had been drawn to. She confronts him playfully for finding her and this is the conversation that follows…
“I rather like these. Do you have them in my size?” – Freddy
“This is the ladies section so I’m not exactly sure…” – Mary
“Wasn’t a sign or anything…” – Freddy, who is clearly a bit embarrassed
“I don’t think it should really matter, do you?” – Mary
Mary styles Freddy in women’s clothing and puts eye makeup on him, telling him that she likes his style and thinks we should all take more risks, like he clearly is. The scene feels intensely intimate, sexual, and a little rebellious. It’s clear that these two have seen something special in each other and I can’t help but fall in love with them as a pair.
My take-a-way from this scene, and this whole movie really, is that it’s important to be true to yourself and to surround yourself with people who support and nurture what makes you special. I believe that Le’ Annie knows what makes her special and isn’t afraid to share it with the world. From her numerous creative self-portraits, to her at times questionable fashion sense ( just kidding, Le’ ), she is always authentically herself and is bravely flaunting it.
I believe that people who are comfortable in their skin and are expressing themselves with disregard for social limitations become iconic and mesmerizing. We should all be more like Freddy and Le’Annie – and Mary. Creative, bold, supportive, and brave.