How Well Do You Relate to Carrie Bradshaw?
The character of Carrie Bradshaw is one of the most popular and well-known in recent TV history. As portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker, Carrie is a writer living in New York who only loves her friends more than she loves her shoes, and who struggles to find true love. She has an on-again, off-again relationship with a very handsome businessman known to the audience as Mr. Big, and struggles with his commitment issues as well as her own. Throughout the TV series and the two movies that followed, Carrie shows an immense loyalty to her friends and goes on a journey of self-discovery that made many women swoon.
The back story of Carrie Bradshaw is a bit sketchy; because little is said about her past or her family, it would seem as if she simply appeared on the island of Manhattan one day in her twenties with nothing in her life before that time. She works as a writer for the fictional New York Star, penning a column called Sex and the City; each episode of the TV series is the basis and title for her column. Carries meets the handsome and successful Mr. Big very early on but finds his inability to commit to her heartbreaking, and for six years they struggle to maintain a friendship and romance through their mutual attraction to one another. Carrie’s writings, inspired by the love lives of her friends and her own romances, become very successful throughout the course of the series, being turned into a book and a movie.
It may be her flaws that are most relatable for many woman. Carrie is somewhat irresponsible about money, owning some $40.000 worth of shoes but not having money for a down payment for her apartment. She is often self-justifying, even after having a long-term affair while dating furniture designer Aidan. Throughout the show however she is fiercely loyal to her friends and supports them no matter their trials and tribulations.
The character of Carrie Bradshaw was created by writer Candace Bushnell, who used Carrie as something of an alias for her own life experiences reflected in her writing. Bushnell has said that she created Carrie at first to allow for her own privacy, but then Carrie began to develop a life of her own and through the character, Bushnell could take her writing in new directions she would not have imagined otherwise.
Carrie Bradshaw has been listed as one of the greatest and most iconic TV characters by Bravo, The Guardian, and TV Guide. Her character has made many designers to be household names and has encouraged a love of fashion like no other. She is still considered an icon even now, long after the show has gone off the air, and is someone that many women relate to or wish they could be like!