We’ve all heard the saying, "It’s a man’s world." While this may be true for some areas – professional football, construction sites, Y chromosomes – it’s certainly not true for everything; sometimes you have to look a little close to discover the girl inside the hobby.
Cigars, for instance, may seem like a male past time. This is particularly true when it comes to Hollywood. From Groucho Marx to the Rat Pack, from Milton Berle to George Burns, many famous cigar smokers are men. But, adorning the wrappers with lipstick residue, not all famous cigar smokers are male. Lighting up in a celebration of all things made of sugar and spice and everything nice, more and more Hollywood women are securing roles as cigar loving dames.
Linda Evangelista: A Canadian Supermodel, Evangelista is known as one of the pioneers of the 1980’s and 1990’s fashion industry. Part of a group known as "The Trinity" – along with Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell – Evangelista is credited as being one of the sparks that ignited the world’s obsession with modeling. She is well known both for her cigar smoking and her dramatic hairstyles. In 1995, she became the first women to be featured on the cover of Cigar Aficionado.
Demi Moore: Originally known for her roles in teen-targeted movies, Moore has become one of the leading actresses in Hollywood. From movies such as Ghost and G.I. Jane, she has made a name for herself onscreen. Off screen, she has been the source of controversy on more the one occasion. Whether it is for posing nude during her pregnancy or for her marriage to a much younger man, Moore has found herself the target of the tabloids. But, she has muddled through with grace and perseverance, refusing to apologize for her choices. An avid cigar smoker for years, she was featured on the cover of Cigar Aficionado in 1996.
Sharon Stone: Lauded and ridiculed for performances, Stone has received everything from a Golden Globe to a Razzie. A former fashion model turned Star Search winner turned actress and producer, she has been in the spotlight for decades. She turned heads when she modeled nude for Playboy in 1990 and turned heads again when she (nearly modeling nude) shot an infamous scene from the film Basic Instinct in 1992. Though there is some media speculation that she is no longer a smoker, Stone was featured on the cover of Cigar Aficionado in 2004.
Susan Lucci: Originally known for her role on All My Children, Lucci eventually became infamous for being a lady who could not catch a Daytime Emmy break. Between 1978 and 1998, she was nominated for 18 awards, but failed to win any. This made her the butt of the joke among some members of the media. Finally, in 1999, the joke ended when she won a long awaited Day Time Emmy. She has also appeared in a variety of primetime TV shows and made-for-television movies. She made an appearance on the cover of Cigar Aficionado in 1999.
Gina Gershon: Appearing in a slug of television shows, including Ellen, Just Shoot Me, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Ugly Betty, Gershon has done a bit of everything. She has appeared on movies as well as Broadway productions. She attended Beverly Hills High School with Lenny Kravitz, and has been linked to John Cusack and Owen Wilson. Gerson had bit parts in many notable 1980’s films as well as larger parts in some cult classics. She was featured on the cover of Cigar Aficionado in 1998.
These are certainly not the only women in Hollywood who know how to treat themselves to a stick of luxury. The movie and television industry, like life itself, is full of females discovering a past time that was once synonymous with being male. As more and more women, throwing down their inferior cigarettes in a fit of rage, turn to stogies, the male stigmatism the cigar industry once harbored will begin to fade away…like a puff of smoke.