What do you think when you hear this? When you read “fashion” on a girl/boy’s interests on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, or other social network? What label automatically pops up in your head? You know it – yes, even you, the fashion blogger or enthusiast who is reading this right now.
The word is superficial.
It’s in everyone’s minds. Even mine, when I meet someone who works or studies in the same field as me. It’s easy to label someone as materialistic and shallow because their main interest or line of work seems to be all about clothes and appearance. It’s even easier to label them as unknowledgeable, bland and unintelligent because what they do for a living is based on looks. Clothing, jewelry, accessories, hair, make-up… It’s so much simpler and almost automatic to think that someone whose life seemingly revolves around one or more of these fields is narrow-minded and has an IQ of 83.
Well, newsflash: it’s not true.
My name is Inês. I am a 20 year-old living alone in Italy. I am portuguese, bilingual (English) and speak fluent Italian which I have learned in less than 9 months with no classes. I am a Fashion Marketing & Communication student. I study fashion. I blog about fashion. I spend money, good money, on expensive clothes and expensive make-up.
But I write fiction in my free time. I have been writing fiction in English since I was a child and I dare say I am quite good at it. I had poetry published when I was 13 years old.
I am photographer-in-training (self-training) and no, I don’t just take macro photos of drops of water on flower petals.
I am a comic-book fangirl, and a hardcore one. And no, I don’t watch the movies for Robert Downey Jr. I read the books. I complain about inaccuracies.
I read my fair share of Shakespeare. I find my haven in historical novels. In fact, I am extremely interested in history and I tend to lose myself in books about things other people might not care about or ever hear of in their lifetimes. I have an intense curiosity for all things conspiracy-theory-related, mysticism, alchemy, secret societies, angient legends, mythology and other things that might or might not be real. I revel and find delight in studying the unknown.
I spend my empty afternoons looking for exhibitions and galleries that I haven’t seen yet. I love art. I love cinema. Not chick-flicks or romantic comedies. Cinema, good cinema, new cinema or old cinema. I’ve seen the old ones and I try to keep up with all the new ones. I am an enormous music fan and I know and adore bands that most people have never heard of.
I am constantly in search of new things in every single field – music, cinema, photography, literature…
I like fashion.
So that has to mean I’m superficial and dumb… right?