For those in the States that have no clue what I'm even talking about, Miranda Hart is a British comedienne with her own self-titled TV show on BBC: Miranda is a 6'1" tall woman with a very athletic build and gets called 'Sir' once too often. She has never been in the popular crowd and struggles to fit in with her old boarding school friends. She finds social situations extraordinarily awkward, especially around men. She is a constant disappointment to her mother who is desperate for her to get a proper job and a husband. Although Miranda owns and lives above the joke shop she owns, she lacks any real capacity for business. She has an immense crush on a university friend who works at the restaurant next door. Despite regularly feeling like a black sheep, Miranda is determined to thrive. She believes in finding the humor in every day life and not taking herself too seriously. The show follows Miranda and her friends as she attempts to achieve the life she's always dreamt of.
Between the three TV series and her new book, Miranda Hart has been more of a therapist to me than, well....a therapist. She believes in simply being yourself, screw social expectations, and it is incredibly refreshing.
Despite not having a supermodel figure, she doesn't hide her body as if she should be ashamed. Despite regularly failing in a spectacular fashion, she gets back up and tries again every single time. While she acknowledges her weaknesses, she refuses to let them hold her back or define her. And finally, she calls things as they are, making her incredibly relatable (and pretty darn hysterical, too!).
However, I think the thing I love the most about Miranda is that, despite all her imperfections, she still wins. She is still a woman in charge of her own life with loads to offer the world. The entire point of Miranda is to embrace and celebrate yourself. Not only can you not possibly be wrong if you're genuine, but we would all be surprised if we realized how not-alone we really are.
Miranda herself is true to that, as well, including facing her fears by accompanying Bear Grylls on a hike through the Swiss Alps. Throw in her ridiculous sense of humor, and she is my own personal hero. And I'm not alone in my opinion. Her popularity has skyrocketed in the UK over the last several years. Everyone loves Miranda!