Today's is going to be another prance-y outfit post coupled with a more serious topic (but for once more relevant to the fashion world): models. You know what I'm talking about. Everyone who is part of the fashion world or even just harbors a strong interest in fashion has their favorite models (mine are Arizona Muse, Gemma Ward (who rumor has it is making a comeback soon!), and Bruna Tenorio). If nothing else you have your favorite VS Angel (Miranda Kerr!), right?
For some reason, I look up to all these a-list fashion models even though they've given me no real reason to (other than a select few, like Miranda Kerr and her very vocalized passion for healthy eating and organics and Giselle Bundchen and her crazy workaholic-ness) other than those created by great stylists and photographers. And I know I'm just one of millions of girls that look up to these beautiful and silent women.
TOP old, from the Gap |
SHORTS Buffalo Exchange, originally from AE Outfitters |
BELT feria de Mataderos (Bs. As.) | PURSE feria in Córdoba (Argentina) |
SHOES small shop in Palermo Soho (Bs. As.) | JEWELRY various ferias
I should mention that the only paragraph I didn't already have drafted a couple months ago is this one, but I decided to post it today because of yesterday's CNN article by model Cameron Russell based on this TED talk that she gave back in October. She essentially just says what we all kind of knew was true but were too busy fawning over how skinny and perfectly retouched all the girls in the magazines are to admit to ourselves.
Cameron says she's "won the genetic lottery". I've always wondered why I want to be like them so badly when all they have to offer is a pretty face and an extremely lucky high metabolism. These are (as Cameron points out!) pre-determined otherwise unachievable goals (although taking good care of yourself will take you far) and yet we admire and aspire to be like these women despite the fact that most of their "talent" consists of showing off what they were lucky enough to be born with. Isn't that a bit silly?
Furthermore, trying to be achieve the impossible standards the media have created around these women leads millions of girls down dark paths towards eating disorders and low self-esteem and self-loathing. (As a former highly insecure teenager who wanted to be a model, I speak from experience.) Is that really a positive? Is that really something to strive for?
Am I the only one that feels this way? Have any of you ever noticed the total, utter ridiculousness of this? Or am I being unfair? After all, they are hardworking people too... but somehow I feel like they have less to look up to (that's not to say that there aren't models who have used their careers to propel them into bigger things!) than, say, Michelle Obama or Malala Yousafzai or even Angelina Jolie or Shakira or Beyoncé, all of whom have been extremely successful at what they do and have worked extensively to help improve others' lives.
I encourage you to watch the TED talk - Cameron is a smart girl, and she outlines the issues very well and succinctly. She also shows you photos from her real life, which are always interesting to see (models are real people too!).