Jersey Girls

jerseygirl“She’s humble, but ambitious. She’s independent, but family-oriented. She likes pizza, beer and lots of mascara, but don’t think for a second that she’s not sophisticated. She’s the Jersey Girl, and she’s one of the Garden State’s most enduring icons- a readily identifiable personality, as much a part of America’s cultural landscape as that other great Jerseyan, Frank Sinatra. So who is a Jersey Girl? There’s a chance you’re one- but residency isn’t all it takes. The Girl has a specific character, both in pop culture and in the hearts and minds of Jerseyans.  First there are the surface qualities: A love of an unpretentious good time, and a certain sense of style. Jersey Girls are about attitude. They’re about eating pizza, drinking beer, having great hair- and enjoying it all.  She’s a girl who enjoys the mall, might wear more makeup than the Ivy League would approve of, and gives some thought to her hair. She’s got a mouth on her. She says what she means. And she’s got a nice, cheerful laugh. She’s spunky and witty, and she handles competition very well. She’s got that confidence- everyone from New Jersey has that confidence. A Jersey Girl is crunchy on the outside and soft in the center. A Jersey Girl has the tenacity and drive of a New Yorker, but with the beauty of warmth and humility that being from Jersey is all about. Don’t mistake her toughness as a lack of refinement. Don’t misjudge her sometimes “brash” manners as a lack of ‘classiness.’ At the center of the crunchy sweet exterior, she is tuned in and knows how and what she’s working. A Jersey Girl doesn’t have to have a high-powered career, but whatever work she does, she gives it her all- and she takes care of her family at the same time. The overall makeup, if you will, of a true Jersey Girl: hard-working, family-oriented, spirited, one of a kind. And if you’re lucky, she’s your wife. Bottom line, all of them are sexy as hell.”
– excerpted from The Star-Ledger

I love that article, however; I don’t believe that all Jersey Girls are exactly how the author describes. I think that most people around the country actually believe the stereotype that paints all Jersey girls as being big-haired, big-mouthed, beer drinkers who wear too much make-up, have extremely poor taste in clothes and outrageous home décor. Being born and raised in the Garden State, I ama Jersey Girl. On the other hand I am and never was anything like the stereotype so often depicted on television and in films. 

What I am is a combination and contradiction of many things. I am a Woman, a Baby Boomer, a Navy Veteran, a Real Estate Broker, a Gourmet Cook, a Wife, a Sister, an Aunt and a Mother to not only friends and family but to the over 25 dogs & cats I have loved and cared for over the years. To that end, I AM a Jersey Girl.  ~ dfh

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