This week Katy brought up the topic of feminism as it’s become a hot topic on the Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday boards as of late. I would love to hear what you think on this very interesting topic.
1. Do you think there is an incompatibility between feminism and a love for fashion?
Absolutely not. I think that some people perceive fashion to be superficial and meaningless, but I think of fashion as a key indicator of someone’s power and control over their own life. I know that sounds hauty, but let me explain. I grew up with a fabulous and powerful mother who never left the house without her hair curled and her nails painted a hot shade of red and she was very certain of herself and to me, very powerful. She owned her talents and flaws alike (and still does, btw) and was always my biggest inspiration. She overcame a lot on her drive towards personal and professional success and her style was a part of her assets that lead to a personal confidence that I still try to emulate. She raised me, not only on her personal brand of feminine chic and toughness, but also on my icon: Mary Tyler Moore. Mary didn’t need a man to feel confident. She didn’t need to be taken care of. And she wasn’t going to settle for anything less than what she deserved. All this, and she, like my Mama, did it with style. Mary was her own person and that was evident in her style. She looked amazing and she was amazing. What a winning combination.
2. There is more to each of us than a love for fashion. How do you incorporate every aspect of yourself into your blog?
I am hugely passionate about music and try to share a little of that on my blog, although I’m still playing with the right format. I don’t want to confuse the intent of my blog, but I do intend to share more aspects of myself. With each post I infuse personal stories in addition to my thoughts on the outfit that day to show some personality and that I am more than what I’m wearing I’m a real person.
3. With the fashion industry still being a male-dominated profession, how do you think it would differ if women played a larger role?
I think that the top female designers have brought an interesting perspective to fashion. Female designers know the female figure first hand and designers like Diane Von Furstenberg and Donna Karan have made a name for themselves by creating clothing that is functional and flattering in addition to being totally gorgeous. I think a lot of people are turned off by the fashion industry because it’s filled with impossibly thin models, designs that only seem to look good on said models and is way way way out of their price range. I have been of this mind set from time to time. A longtime Vogue subscriber I stopped renewing a few years back because I was tired of looking at things I am not. Luckily there are more magazines out there that cater to the average reader. Often I think it’s more than just the gender of the designer, and more often how the media portrays fashion as unattainable.
4. How is your self-image and the way you carry yourself informed by your beliefs?
I try not to take myself too seriously. I don’t know that people necessarily know that about me since I dress up so much. It probably seems like I take myself VERY seriously. The fun in fashion for me is putting seemingly mis-matched pieces together and trying to make it work. No one my judge except myself. As long as I’m feel happy, comfortable and confident, the outfit works. I’m more influenced by personal style, street style, and style blogs than any magazine, store or designer and more interested in my own opinion on how I feel when I put something on than anything else.
5. Do you think clothing/makeup/hair helps communicate the truth about yourself or are those things superfluous add-ons?
I’ve thought since I was little that clothing, makeup, hairstyle and other physical choices show the world who you are. I still believe that to some extent, with the whole “Dress for the job you want,” adage. But I would never want to confuse this belief with the fact that outer appearance is just a tiny fraction of who you are, and first impressions don’t always remain in your consciousness once you’ve gotten to know who someone really is. Fashion and looks are not who we are, but they’re like the greeting card to meeting someone. Just the doorway to the great gift of really knowing someone.
Have a lovely and wonderful Friday everyone!