She also champions other women, relentlessly.
Some Paris Geller-esque characters on other shows of "Gilmore"'s ilk and time period — like Cordelia Chase from "Buffy" and Blair Waldorf from "Gossip Girl" — also possessed similar scholarly and career ambitions, and a few, most notably Blair, were unafraid to express uncomfortable emotions.
But unlike those other ambitious "mean girls," Paris was and is special because she defies stereotypes by championing other strong women in her life. She underwent an uncommon evolution that began as typical mean-girl competitiveness with Rory that soon became a challenging and enriching friendship. Instead of hating Rory for getting into Harvard (or for being a consistently better choice for public speaking engagements at Chilton), Paris loves and fights for Rory relentlessly; through Yale dropouts and career failures and way too many Logan Huntzbergers.
That she gets into a field that's both profitable and helpful to women — wealthy, career-oriented women who have kids later in life, but still, women! — is no surprise, because Paris has respected and even celebrated fellow ambitious women (except for Francie, who is satanic) from the get-go. Even when she berates the girls in the new class at Chilton about the Real World, she sees it as having their backs — that "only one of us can succeed and it has to be be me" mentality has never appealed to Paris; in her own funny way, she's happy when multiple capable women are able to succeed. Preferably, with her help.
And of course, she can rock a pantsuit like it's no one's business.
The colors. The tailoring. The way they all say "this could be you if only you were better." Jesus Christ, the heels.
2016-era Paris Geller reps Pantsuit Nation, hard. And even though "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" was filmed months ago (I like to think that it ended with Fall because so did our collective innocence), I'm grateful to the Weil, to Amy Sherman-Palladino, and to Netflix for giving us a character who is the perfect antidote for the poison running through this hateful, misogynist America. I can't always be strong, but whenever I turn on "Gilmore Girls," I know Paris will be there to take down the patriarchy for me.
Now that's Nasty.