Reese Witherspoon covers February’s Vogue, and inside, she opens up about how the trials and travails in her own life have made her the empowering feminist powerhouse she is today.
The actress, producer and lifestyle brand maven says she’s no longer trying to hide her accomplishments.
“I used to hide my Oscar but then I was like, ‘Why shouldn’t I put it out here in the living room?’” Witherspoon says, a reference to the 2006 accolade she received for playing June Carter in Walk the Line.
These days, she’s focusing on lifting up other women too, via her production company Hello Sunshine: “The idea is to put women at the center of the story. I was sick of making movies where I was the only female lead on the set. I was sick of seeing scripts where there was only one female role, badly written, and yet every actress in town wanted the part because there was nothing else.”
She says she was inspired by her mom, Betty, a registered nurse, and motivated to show her 19-year-old daughter Ava, that women can do anything. (The trio pose together in Vogue).
Witherspoon explains: “I remember being so in awe of my mom. She always had a positive attitude, always laughing, always telling a joke, and she always had a billion friends at work.”
The Draper James founder also alluded to past struggles motivating her path to power today: “But there’s a reason I’m very passionate about women having their own money. I have a lot of friends and I have a lot of personal experiences with women feeling afraid and making life choices because they felt completely paralyzed or in a stasis because they didn’t know what to do financially. And you can’t have liberation if you don’t have that.”