Saturday, May 26, 2012

THIGH-HIGH BOOT WEEK - Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman


The film Pretty Woman (1990) introduced thigh high boots to mainstream America. Julia Roberts played a hooker in the movie, but ironically there are no sex scenes in the film. An entire dissertation could be done on thigh high boots and the effect that this film had on society and its attitude about thigh high boots. Hopefully, one day someone will perform such a detailed study. (When the University of Female Domination opens, Pretty Woman will be required to be viewed before receiving a diploma). 
Women wore thigh high boots before Pretty Woman. But this movie brought them out of the bedroom and put them on the big screen for us all to see. Even the movie poster is a legend. It is well known now that a body double was used in the movie poster. The body double's name is Shelley Michelle. At the time, it was not known that body double's were widely used in Hollywood, so when it came out some people felt deceived that the iconic poster is Not Julia Roberts. Personally, I think it's cool that a body double was used. Julia Roberts did in fact wear those sexy boots in the film, so that is real. To me the cool part is that Two different women wore those boots, Julia Roberts and Shelley Michelle. Personally, I think the more women wear them, the greater their power. 
Pretty Woman is actually Two movies...the movie when Julia Roberts is wearing her boots and the rest of the movie. There are several great scenes of Julia in her boots: her driving the Lotus; tapping her boots on the bench; and very last, when she unzips them. When she asks Richard Gere's character if he minds if she takes off her boots, I think we all let out a collective gasp of NOOOOOO! At least we got to see her unzip them though (click here to see Julia unzip her boots at the 8 second mark).. so effortless and thoughtless... like it was nothing at all. To us it was a big deal. This movie was a big deal and we will always be grateful for Julia Roberts for it. 
Thigh-High Boot Week review: Monday we appreciated Anne Hathaway's Chanel boots in The Devil Wears Prada; Tuesday, Katarina Szish instructed women on The Early Show on how to wear thigh-high boots on an everyday basis; Wednesday we saw a short film about a Japanese girl couple and of coarse the dominant girl wears thigh-high boots; Thursday, we paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston and all of her talent in the 1992 film, The Bodyguard and finally today we wrap it all up with Pretty Woman. 
Please feel free to give any feedback, suggestions or ideas. Enjoy all of the goddesses who wear thigh-high boots and bow down to them.

1 comment:

  1. The body model used on the poster was Donna Scoggins. The boots were the ones worn by Julia Roberts, but the top was an alt... she wore a blue/white top in the film, but the pink top was chosen because of it's graphic visual impact. I know this because I was the poster designer and the art director on the photoshoot.

    To the best of my knowledge, Shelly Michelle was the "legs model" used in the teaser trailers.