model agent/scout/professional human face recognition software
I’ve never been that comfortable with this critique of the fashion industry. Yes, fashion is flawed and sure by working in it I might not be saving lives. But if you’re asking whether I feel guilty about not curing cancer or rescuing baby animals then no, I don’t. Most careers that the majority of people in this world will have are not selfless ones and bankers or CEOs or salesmen never seem to be told “WHAT YOU DO DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING!” as much as people who work fashion. Excuse me for being a cliche fashun blogger and quoting The September Issue for a second, but you might remember Anna Wintour saying in the movie that the reason people don’t like what she does is because they are insecure and feel intimidated/frightened. I can sooooort of get behind that theory but I personally think it’s more to do with the fact that this is depicted as a predominantly female-dominated industry and therefore is seen as a fluffy superficial trivial thing.
Then there’s the other idea - the general consensus that fashion is this soul-crushing self-esteem body-image destroying machine that chews up and spits out teenage girls. I really struggle with this criticism, too. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely think it’s important to point out the damaging facets of fashion and I’m the first to tell you what’s fucked up. But is it the root of all our societal problems? Hell no. There are so many wonderful people like Rei Kawakubo, Miuccia Prada, Donatella Versace, Frida Gianni to name a few who challenge the feminine ideal and who do so much for empowerment while provoking thought and discussion. Maybe you’re one of those people who rejects fashion and think by distancing yourself from it then it has absolutely nothing to do with you, but whether you want to believe it or not there are parts of fashion that contribute positively in so many different ways to society that you are probably too closed-minded and inept to be aware of.
Oh yeah - if I sound defensive, it’s because I am :-)
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