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These are not ‘real’ women

The first negative blog I wrote about Vogue was all about how their senior editors were slamming street style bloggers… this time the negativity (a feeling I’m trying to stay away from) is back in full swing and Vogue, are yet again, the culprits.

Their March cover was designed to celebrate ‘Fashion’s Fearless Females’ and 125 years of Vogue. This cover was going to focus on a beauty revolution and just basically celebrate women.

That sounds great right? Wrong. Look at the cover and tell me why you think I’m slightly peeved.

If the answer isn’t screaming at you then please, read on. If it does then I’m very glad I’m not alone in this frustration.

The first title I love! Women do rule, we’re all freakin’ fabulous. The second line I also like – being fearless in any walks of life is super important and the fashion industry is full of sassy independent fashion-forward women who deserve to be celebrated and recognised for just how inspirational they are.

SO why… (and this really bothers me) is the cover of Vogue, the most prestigious fashion magazine in the world, got a bunch of gormless looking models (don’t even get me started on the fact that Kendall Jenner is included) gracing their cover about fashion’s females????????

WHERE ARE THE DESIGNERS?!

I nearly started this next line with ‘yes, supermodels are important’… then I checked myself and swiftly hit backspace.

They’re not important. They’re a face – they’re a society defined ‘perfect’ body and face fashion labels use to showcase their clothes as skinny is, unfortunately, always going to be the preferred way in this industry. No matter how much we scream ‘0 IS NOT A SIZE’ in the face of this cray world, no one with the power to make an actual change ever going to have the balls to be loud enough.

The important people are the designers. The men and women who design clothes that make women in all shapes and sizes feel beautiful.

Where is Vivienne Westwood, where is Caroline Herrera, where is Diane Von Furstenburg?!

These are the women who should really be gracing the cover celebrating fearless women in fashion. These women didn’t give a two hoots and dedicated their lives to improving and developing fashion for women.

These models – through no fault of their own – have been made the ‘face’ of fashion, when it should be the people behind the clothes or at least a real representation of women around the world – the consumers of the fashion! Ashley Graham ( 2nd from the left) is considered a curves model… just stop.

Vogue think that they’re covering all bases by whacking a slightly larger than size 8 girl into the mix… nope – not buying it. When are women going to PROPERLY represented in the fashion media?! When are we going to stop letting stuff like this slide and realise that if we want the young girls growing up proud of their bodies we need to start putting real women everywhere, not just on the odd ‘stand out’ campaign.

(Theres also a freaky photoshop fail involve Gigi’s hand – once you spot it you won’t be able to stop staring haha.)

The fashion industry is so amazing in so many ways but in so many ways it falters and let’s women down, and I know I’m not alone in wanting some serious change.

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London diaries | too many ideas and new opportunities |

Are we sure it’s actually November?! I’m one of those people who is far too interested in talking about the variations of weather and how outrageous it is that I’m not wearing multiple layers walking to work… I didn’t even have my coat done up. Madness

I also love noticing different petrol prices in different places, much to the amusement of my parents who I haven’t been able to wow with any London petrol knowledge as I a) don’t live near a petrol station and b) don’t have access to a car.

What an interesting start to this post ey?! Haha apologies.

Onto some exciting news :D I don’t tend to use instagram for messaging – I occasionally receive spam and my brothers gf sends me super yummy vegan treats… apart from that it’s not a messaging service I regularly check. But, the other day I had a message from a website called My Trending Stories asking me if I’d like to contribute articles! Pretty cool right??!!?! Very cool in my opinion.

My lovely Mumma was in London over the weekend and told me how much she loved my article about anxiety. She said she finds my writing style really easy to read and just loves reading them basically… and when I told her about this, apart from being as excited as me she said ‘as nice as it is to hear your mum tell you how great you are it must so amazing to hear it from someone else’. And, as usual, she’s very right!

The message was so humbling and so refreshing and a nice change. Those of you who have followed me from the beginning of this blogging thing know that I have freelanced for a number of magazines (Sant, PETRIe Inventory and Fashion Angel) and websites but they have always been things I have personally sought after, applied for and been accepted for. Never have I actually ever been approached and asked to write an article of my choice because someone loves my work and style.

Just because I’m so proud of myself and feel like boasting a bit (and this is my blog so I can kinda say whatever I like hehe) here’s the message they sent me:

‘Your writing abilities and ability to engage readers is a remarkable and very rare asset in this days and age oversaturated blooding community’

As if someone actually thinks I’m that good?! It’s mad.

Since working for New Look and being settled in my first job, I was worried (in a way) that my dream of becoming a writer was quite far away – that I’d have to stay in jobs that weren’t my absolute passion until I caught my ‘big break‘ (Joey Tribianni). Luckily, my copywriter role is a fantastic foot in the door as I’m not only writing on a daily basis, but I’m making contacts within an amazing fashion brand I know I want to continue working for, if they’ll have me haha, for many years.

So I’m just going to take every opportunity thrown at me with both hands and take full advantage until I somehow ‘make it’, whatever that means.

I have no idea what I’ll end up doing but knowing that my writing is actually being recognised as good and interesting enough for people to want to read and share, definitely gives me a confidence boost and reminds me why I love doing, well… this.

Writing. Whether it’s these London diaries posts or my more slightly serious posts about things going on the world I feel inspired by – I love it all and I, unless all my fingers and toes fall off, will not stop doing so.

Watch this space ;)

Peace and love xxx

 

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Just keep writing writing writing

… Thanks Dory. Literally do feel like I’m swimming in uni work at the moment though. Started that thing called a DISSERTATION today (cry) and rather than focusing on that I’m just going to ramble on here instead and tell you all about some more articles I’ve written. You can find them at http://santmagazine.com/the-tiny-humans/. I was just getting so mad at parents using their kids to show off their money bags so I wrote it down instead! Got a lot more rants (nice ones) up my sleeve so hopefully when I get a chance to pitch it to my editor you can all read about it! It’s so nice having another platform to share my writing on, especially since everyone on here likes writing in one way or another. Anyway, slight distraction over… back to the library :(

peace and love

xo

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Writing bug

Incase anyone didn’t know I have been freelancing for a few magazines to get some writing experience! My first piece was published by PETRIe Inventory the other day and has had a great reception! So go and have a read and let me know what you think. My day today will consist of of Vogue, a word document, hummus and crisps as I have more articles to write! Watch this space… 

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