I’ve written about this before, but every day people both online and offline continue to disappoint me in insisting that they are correct in their ignorance.
There’s this misconception that “the evil fashion industry” is to blame for all the horrible things going on in the world related to women.
It’s THE EVIL FASHION INDUSTRY!!!’s fault that women are considered weak and men considered strong; it’s THE EVIL FASHION INDUSTRY!!!’s fault that girls grow up thinking the only way to be pretty is to be thin.
What most people don’t realize is that the fashion industry is NOT mainstream media.What you probably understand to be “the fashion industry” is actually what people IN the industry call “the Hollywood machine.”
Gossip magazines. E! Channel. 10 Best and Worst Beach Bodies of 2012. Who’s dating who? Who’s fat and who’s thin? Is X too fat to wear this? What do you think of Y’s outfit oh my god she should have never left her house!
This, and other things, have absolutely nothing to do with the fashion industry. People and OK! magazine are not part of the fashion industry. Lately, I don’t even consider Vogue US a part of the fashion industry because it’s lost a lot of what made it have soul – it’s basically a big-ass catalogue of expensive things and celebrity news. Not even the photoshoots are art-for-art’s sake: they always use Testino, who is a diva and in my opinion lost a lot of his vision over 10 years ago.
You know what the fashion industry is?
Hardworking people. Visionaries. Talented, hardworking designers. Models who work their ass off knowing that they’ll be completely unknown and retired before they’re 30 years old. Journalists who are constantly swamped with work and usually not paid that much to write 5 pages a day. People who have hard jobs because they love it.
Because the fashion industry doesn’t only sell clothes or magazines; it sells dreams. It encourages you to express yourself, to be who you are, to not be afraid of wearing whatever you want. It shows you colour and lack of colour, texture, silk, sheer, opaque, sequins, inspiration,art.
Franca Sozzani, the editor of Vogue Italia, has an initiative to fight Pro-Anorexia and Pro-Bulimia blogs. Karlie Kloss is getting a lot of comments from people both inside and outside the industry that she’s too thin and she looks unhealthy – and she’s a successful model. Crystal Renn used to be a plus-size model that was on every high-end magazine in the world. And you know what? Everyone I know of that has been successful in the industry as an editor, writer, blogger, you name it… has a very very good brain on their shoulders. It takes intelligence, culture and skill. It takes perserverance and a real love for fashion – no, a real love for art – if you want to write and work with something beautiful that other people have created.
We’re not telling girls they should be anorexic, dumb and spend all their money on clothes.
Television and gossip magazines are.
We’re actually trying to fight that.
So before you say the fashion industry is everything that’s wrong with the world, please do some research, read some real articles and throw your copies of People and OK! in the trash.
If you think Cosmo can be classified as a fashion magazine, I don’t even know why you’re reading my blog.