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By Roslyn Carrington
WONDER WOMAN has her bracelets. The Green
Lantern has his ring. Spiderman (at least the old Spi-
derman) needed his web shooters to do his best. We
women may not be superheroes, but sometimes we
have one special item in our arsenal that makes us
feel this way: a good luck charm, a favourite dress,
one thing that makes us feel like we can take on the
I asked around among WOW readers to find the hid-
den sources of our personal superpower, but today,
I'll let you in on a secret and start with my own: A
pair of slippers. Not an ordinary pair of slippers, mind
you: a drop-dead-gorgeous, in-your-face, look-at-me-
NOW pair of slippers. When I was younger, my
mother taught me that a woman only needed two
pairs of shoes; one brown and one black. I lived by
that dictum most of my adult life, clunking around in
the ugliest shoes imaginable. Then, on a whim, I
threw off those shackles and bought myself a $500
pair of hand-painted Italian leather shoes, complete
with flowers and rhinestones. They give 'koskell' a
bad name. And they make me feel like a superstar.
I wear them every single day: on school runs, to the
supermarket, to movies, to parties.... I've worn them
on dates. I wore them into town on Carnival Tuesday.
I wear them out in the yard to feed the dogs. My
killer shoes make me unstoppable.
Other women shared my feelings
about particular items of clothing:
"I know this sounds weird, but I had a lucky pair of
panties. They were cut to look like men's underwear,
complete with Y-fronts. I wore them to a job inter-
view and got the job. So they became my lucky
panties. I kept them way longer than I should have ---
seven years --- but whenever I needed a boost, they
were there for me. You're not going to print my
She's not alone: "Like Will Smith's character the
Fresh Prince, I, too, have a pair of "lucky drawers". I
also have a pair of lucky socks that once belonged to
my late mom. I took them with me to my first acting
audition ever, and got the job. They are a comfort
more than anything... She believed in me and my
"Black knee-high boots."
"My black and white polka dot dress. It's falling apart
but I'm still in love with it. (In case you doubt me, just
check my profile pictures. That dress is in there in the
As you might expect, many women believed in
special jewellery, not just because they were
gorgeous, but because of the emotional resonance
of the pieces.
"My vintage Indian silver filigree earrings, once
owned by my best friend's mama. They go with
everything, both formal and casual, and everyone ad-
mires them. They make up for bad hair days, un-
trendy clothes. Classic."
"A charm bracelet. My father gave me a new charm
every year, until he died."
For some, it was a colour:
"The colour yellow makes me feel good. I wear it to
brighten a bad day or enhance a good day ... if that
Naturally, nothing made some women
feel unbeatable like a good pampering:
"No matter what I'm wearing, I feel fabulous once my
nails and hair are done."
"A pedicure and an eyebrow wax. My confidence is on
ten once those things are done."
"Shaved legs and armpits transform me into Wonder
Some people feel empowered
not by things, but by people or activities:
"What makes me feel I can conquer the world if I
can't get there by myself, is the belief in me of my
friends. So maybe they are my 'lucky' things?"
"When my sons were early teenagers, they filled me
with confidence. Although outwardly fine, on my own
I might be uneasy about certain things, but with
them beside me I was the king of the world."
"Making art would be mine."
Then, things got weird
(these are guys, by the way.)
"Multitool ... or a good knife? Man is a tool-making
being; having a good tool means I can handle situa-
tions. The knife doesn't have to be large, but I always
keep my cultural implement close (except when
wearing a suit)."
"What he said...except that I carry a knife even while
wearing a suit."
Others refuse to vest their faith
in anything other than themselves.
"I feel great WHATEVER I wear."
"I decided long ago that lucky charms and rituals
don't work and you can become a slave to them. So I
threw away my lucky black knee-high boots...."
"I don't really believe in luck. I'm pretty boring. I be-
lieve in honesty, planning, preparation and organisa-
tion, and in the worst case, 'try a ting'. Failure is a
step on the path to success."
So, goddesses, what's the source of YOUR super-
"We women may not be superheroes,
but sometimes we have one special
item in our arsenal that makes us feel
this way: a good luck charm, a
favourite dress, one thing that makes
us feel like we can take on the world."
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