Carmella Soprano – The Sopranos
You have Carmella Soprano to thank if you wore a velour track suit in the middle of the ’00s. Her New Jersey style inspired this Southern girl to tease my hair even higher, get a French manicure, and layer my gold cross necklaces with other necklaces. She was fantastic.
Her life was super stressful. With a mob boss husband who constantly cheated or had disappeared and two children who didn’t really care to hang around in their giant mansion, Carmella felt lonely and scared a lot of the time. But you would never know it by looking at her. She looked like an oil painting version of herself — stoic, long-suffering, and detached.
Some might say Carmella was a little over done, but those people are just plain wrong. She was an Italian-American angel that came to this earth to deliver matching track suits and extreme highlights. That might be the only thing that Southern women have in common with their New Jersey counterparts: the compulsion to put on more lipstick, tighter blouses, and higher heels. It’s the universal language of vanity and beauty.
Carmella wouldn’t leave the house without lipstick or her hair done, so her wardrobe had to be equally pulled together.
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