I have always joked that I am not the fashionable type; my general wardrobe is jeans and a t-shirt, I don’t have piercings or tattoos, I don’t style my hair, I don’t even wear hats or accessories. At a glance, observers may not understand how it is that I am the founder and president of the country’s longest running monthly fashion event. It is simple really… I am in it for the artists.
Nevertheless, how we choose to dress and present ourselves to the world is a reflection of ourselves; it is how we construct our own vision. I’ll wear a suit for the proper occasion, but in my daily life I prefer simple clothes. No logos, nothing loud, I am known to blend in and stay “behind the scenes.” I may not be one to practice the art of fashion, but the simplicity of my dress most certainly speaks to my character.
I am not in the majority, however, as I am surrounded by a plethora of aspiring fashionistas. In this era particularly, social media has allowed anyone to participate in fashion, whether it be through a blog or Instagram account with daily publishings or just to follow the latest trends. Most of the time these individuals are on the outside looking in, hoping to catch a taste of the glamorous fashion life depicted in mainstream media.
In the world of fashion, people are constantly being told they are not good enough. You’re too short, too thick, too inexperienced, too underprepared, etc. These are the reasons given to so many aspiring fashion artists as to why they cannot participate in a fashion event. This practice of exclusion is prevalent in the fashion industry, as demonstrated in marketing strategies, reality TV shows, and ubiquitous images of unrealistic beauty.