Awesome Ladies of History: Grace O’Malley, Pirate Queen of the Irish Seas as portrayed by Lily Cole
Grace O’Malley was an Irish pirate, Queen of Umaill, and head of the Ó Máille clan. According to Irish legend, as a young girl Grace wished to go on a trading expedition with her father, and on being told she could not because her long hair would catch in the ship’s ropes, she cut off most of her hair to embarrass her father into taking her, thus earning her the nickname “Gráinne Mhaol” (Grace the Bald). Her second marriage to Richard Bourke is said to have occurred in order to expand her holdings and prestige, and at the end of one year as dictated by law, Grace locked herself and her followers in their castle and shouted down, “Richard, I dismiss you” effectively divorcing Richard and taking their possessions. She protected herself and her territory from an English re-taking of Ireland; in protest to taxes put on her ships for trading, the O’Malley ships would stop traders coming in and demand payment of their own for safe passage in the waters.
This is my best friend, Berlina.
Since kindergarten, she’s been bullied over her weight. She’s had health complications because of it. She’s changed schools because of it. And when I met her in year 7, she was still so bubbly, so full of life, you’d never believe that someone this strong was hiding so much pain.
She’s always been there for me as a friend. Last year, she sat by my hospital bedside for hours and hours and hours after my overdose. She literally wouldn’t leave until the nurses forced everyone out. And the sacrifices she’s made for not only me but all of my friends amazes me, because she’s taken on everyone else’s pain as well as her own.
Recently, she’s been through a lot. It’s our final year of high school and all our teachers are harassing her for ‘not putting enough effort into her studies’ despite the fact that she’s not going for an ATAR (final exam rank). She cuts the words fat and ugly into her arm. She’s dealt with death threats from one of her ex best friends. She’s had guys treat her like shit and been called a slut and a fat bitch. And so she’s starting to believe it.
Please, please reblog this if you think Berlina is beautiful, inside and out. Reblog if you have a friend who’s amazing who you want to tell all of tumblr about.
Reblog because no one so good should feel so bad that they want to end their own life.
She’s gorgeous and I have weight problems too so I know how it goes with Bullies