Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Horrors of Society (Fashionwise...Anyway)

I have to tell every year passes I think the fashion industry gets worse and worse. And I'm not talkin the actual fashion statements (even though those are pretty horrible too). I'm talking about how the "average" girl is now a size 2 when it comes to fashion. Seriously? It's ridiculous. And I know that anyone who is not in the fashion industry already knows this....but as I was reading another blog I follow (she was equally as horrified as me) I came upon this photo. The photographer describes Angelika the "street model" as this:

"I loved that she's a bigger, curvier girl than most of the other bloggers who you see in the press and tend to represent the genre. The subtle thing she achieves so successfully in these two looks {there was another photo of her as well) is to compliment the sturdy but beautiful shape of her legs with an equally strong shoe."

Really?!'s nice to see someone who's not completely skin and bones being photographed, but she is FAR from big and curvy. There was a massive stream of comments about how he should've described her as "normal" instead of "big and curvy" and he defended himself by stating that curves are not relative to size. And he's got a point there. You can have curves at any size. His other defense was that he isn't going to categorize someone as normal because he isn't the one to set the standard of who is normal and who is not. Or what a normal size is? And again....he has a point. I will give him that. I don't think he was trying to be offensive by any means. As someone who grew up in the fashion world, as I gather from his history, she would be considered big. and curvy. So I have no qualms with him....but I do have a problem with society in general and unfortunately his statement just proves a point.

People like him and others out there set the standard on what the world should think is beautiful and fashionable... and have a very warped point of view. The average woman in America is size 14. Which...well...thats kind of a scary fact too. Just merely because that means America is getting more and more unhealthy and at more risk for diabetes, diseases and such (since usually carrying more weight increases your chance of getting them). And I have no room to talk because I'm in that percentile. Granted I'm working on being healthier finally, but still. I know my self esteem as been extremely low, like rock bottom, my entire life because I have never fit in the standard of what the world thinks is beautiful. I still struggle with that to this day.

So my point? Society sucks. Instead of basing someones beauty off of only their looks, I wish we could focus on seeing inside their souls. I'm a firm believer that regardless of a person's outer appearance, having a good heart and soul makes them beautiful (or handsome) and radiates that beauty outward. sounds a bit x-files-ish. But I believe that with all my heart and no fashion magazine or strange little fashion designer guy is going to make me ever believe otherwise.

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