Martha Stewart, former model and stockbroker, business mogul, editor, author, and homemaker extraordinaire, has been on Fortune magazines "50 Most Powerful Women" list four times (TV.com, 2007). America's fascination with Stewart stems from the fact that she successfully combines being an aggressive business woman along with an organized homemaker. Stewart is founder and CEO of a multi-billion dollar organization called Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.; she has seven magazines, television shows, various holiday and entertaining videos, books, several satellite radio channels, her own line at K-mart, and soon to have her own line at Macy's. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia focuses on the home, cooking, entertaining, crafts, holidays, organizing, weddings, babies, and kids (Reuters.com, 2007).
My Fascination with Martha
My own fascination with Martha Stewart began shortly after her release from prison. I had heard of Stewart before, but she had not interested me one bit. The first day the Martha show aired on NBC, I was flipping through channels and it caught my attention. Martha had on her first guest, David Spade, who was wearing a poncho matching Martha's and a blonde wig imitating her hair. Stewart and Spade made a sandwich that Martha was famous for in prison, and I thought it was hilarious. For months I had heard of Stewart's stock scandal that had landed her in prison, and here she was making fun of herself with David Spade.
I had just gotten engaged when I discovered the Martha show, so it was interesting to learn new recipes, housekeeping tips, and wedding advice. Since my mother, who was always busy with work and school, had never taught me how to cook or clean, I began looking up to Stewart. In my eyes she was the perfect woman and mother. I thought it must have been nice to have a mother like Stewart who would make cookies from scratch and do arts and crafts projects, but then I realized it was just an act. Martha was actually a... [continues]
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