Sometimes I would pause and think about the superficiality of the fashion industry. The portrayal of people through it’s eyes. It’s endless pursuit of perfection.
When you think of a model, what comes to mind? Young, thin and Caucasian perhaps- almost like some of the Disney Princesses. I want to emphasize on the “young” part.
Why is it that older women are rarely seen in fashion (unfortunately)? Whether runways, editorials, or advertisement campaigns, women beyond 28 are almost never hired to model in them.
And because of fashion’s appetite for youth, girls are rushed into an almost over-sexual society where they are expected to dress and act like “pretty” older role-models (e.g. celebrities) without becoming adults mentally.
It’s what turns this to that-
Taylor Momsen is 17.
So it pains me to hear younger girls talk about make-up and kissing boys and acting negatively towards their peers who may not wear the same clothes they do or behave in a certain manner (this occurs in my school as well.)
I may sound like a mom(!) but I want people, not just girls, to know that there is really no standard for beauty. I think beauty is not what catches the eye but captivates the heart as well. I appreciate non-conformism and individuality for example, 14 year-old Tavi Gevinson who soared to fame from her blog The Style Rookie and her completely personal sense of style. You don’t see teens dressed like her everyday now do you?
Sometimes, I even feel ashamed to say I have a fashion blog. I tell people about Eye for Detail and I could feel people not taking me seriously. They say, “Oh interesting.” I don’t want this impression of fashion stuck in people’s minds, that fashion is all stilettos and “anorexic models” and short skirts.
After all, fashion is an art. And there are no limits to art.
P.S. Something quite creepy-