Like many Americans, I love watching the television. It's a serious habit and a way for me to decompress after a long day at the office. This past week, I sat down to watch "30 Rock" starring Tina Fey as Liz Lemon and Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan. It's one of my favorite shows and a great way for me to chill out. This week's episode centered around Tracy Morgan's character and fidelity. The line that stuck out the most was when Tracy was explaining how his former nanny wrote a tell-all book about his life and marriage. He screamed, "...she knows about my addiction to prescription... eyeglasses." It made me laugh so hard but then it hit me - Tracy Jordan never wears glasses! Liz Lemon wears glasses.
Liz Lemon sets trends. Well, actually, actress and comedienne, Tina Fey, sets trends in glasses. Known for having the dorky edge while still being incredibly beautiful, Fey has been helping young women embrace their need for vision care since she starred on "Saturday Night Live". Young women all over America have been looking up to Tina Fey since she made her way to TV. While actresses like Jennifer Aniston set trends in hair, actresses like Tina Fey and America Ferrara (star of the show "Ugly Betty") have been helping young women embrace their "nerdy" side and accept it.
Lately, other actresses, like Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan, have been walking around New York and Los Angeles donning their over-sized prescription glasses as if they are just another fashion accessory. Just as you would throw on a scarf on a cold and windy day, these actresses wear glasses to compliment their look. Teen-aged girls who grew up watching Hilary Duff on "Lizzy McGuire" are now college-aged young women still following in her footsteps where fashion is concerned. One of the hottest new frames among young women are the Yoshi Ayaka 3056 frames. They're a bit geeky but mostly chic.
Another young actress that I admire for her fashion forward attire is Kiera Knightly. She cut her hair short, then grew it out. She wears jeans and a t-shirt in the morning and then a fabulous gown in the evening. Forever the chameleon, lately, Kiera has been spotted around London, England with boho scarves and large, full framed prescription eyeglasses. Personally, I think the frames a bit too big for her face - making her look like the female version of Martin Scorsese but her look is also very popular among young women in their 20's. Her frames are similar to the Yoshi Ayaka 3059 frames that are popular at GlassesUSA.
Back in the 1970's, the movie Annie Hall hit the silver screen and actress Diane Keaton made her mark in the cinema. Now, 33 years later, Diane Keaton is still setting fashion trends - including wearing rimless eyeglasses, like the Storm Gunmetal frame, with a tint just light enough to block out bright light but not dark enough to look like she's wearing them as sunglasses.
These women set out to make their mark on the world with their acting chops but they've left their mark on the optical world with just as much force and vigor as if they just starred in the #1 film for the weekend.