My latest TV crush: Lady Sybil, the third daughter of Lord and Lady Crawley on the BBC Mini-series Downton Abbey. Played by actress Jessica Brown-Findlay. The story is set in a huge country manor house in the years just before World War I, and Lady Sybil is the firebrand youngest child; a suffragist, feminist and liberal. She champions housemaid Gwen’s desire to become a secretary to get away from doing house work and make a real living. And Sybil is stylish as well as daring – ordering herself a fashionable new frock with harem pants (although they didn’t exactly call them that).
Lady Sybil in “Harem Pants.” These were scandalous in 1913. I think they’re cute as fluffy bunnies today.
Lady Sybil mentoring Gwen
Lady Sybil at a (forbidden by her father) political rally
Smart, gorgeous political women are sooooo hot.