Vegetarian Fashion

 

I found this article in Vogue and thought it was pretty interesting. It talks about Arden Wohl and how her vegetarian and animal supporting lifestyle led her to give away all her leather shoes, bags, and high couture items. If i was a vegetarian, I don’t think i would be able to give up what she did, especially an Alexander McQueen dress. Wohl also convinced her friend Victoria Barlett to create a vegan shoe collection called VPL Vegan for Spring, which features eco and animal friendly footwear made sustainably.

Dealing with animals in fashion has always been a common issue and can be most commonly seen in advertisements made by PETA, which is known for its campaigns on fur and animal skins featuring celebrities.

The Beauty Myth

I love reading about topics concerning the ideal beauty, especially in today’s society. Women are constantly exposed to seeing these ‘perfect’ bodies and faces of models, leading them to pick out the flaws with in themselves because they don’t look like ‘them’.  It’s a very relatable for everyone, including myself, because at some point in time you probably looked at someone and said, “ I wish I could look like her”, or “I wish I could have a body like hers”. It’s so common and sad that people are always comparing themselves and cant’ just look in the mirror and feel that they are beautiful as is.

 

“Women have always suffered for beauty”, a quote from Plato’s Symposium.

An example of this would be breast implants, which Wolf discussed. Women wanted ‘the perfect breast’ and were granted that wish with surgery that inserted silicone implants into there body, which were harmful.  Also, eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia to helped women obtain the ideal body shape and weight.  These eating disorders can become so serious that they become fatal.

I agreed with Wolf’s point in stating that women have the right to choose what they look like and not be influenced by the media and such. I feel that if the media and magazines put more full figured and everyday women in ad’s or shows, then there would be less pressure put on women to fit the ‘ideal’. Not saying that all women feel pressured, but it would help the ones that are.

 

 

– An ad for Dove, none of the women’s body’s were edited. I thought it was a great ad that pertained to the topic.

p l a s t i c a .

‘The poor have the right to be beautiful’: cosmetic surgery in neoliberal Brazil. Just by reading that title alone, I was curious to read what Edmonds had to say.

 

In Brazil plastica is known as plastic surgery, and is extremely common.

 

It seems to be that the only cure for low self-esteem is to modify your body with plastic surgery. Even as young as 17 year olds want to correct themselves, such as Denise who had wanted the breast reduction. The doctor was first against the procedure, but when her mother said it caused her back pain and then added that her daughters self-esteem was low, the doctor chose to go ahead with the procedure. What persuaded him was the low self-esteem, not the fact that it caused her back pain. His reasoning was very blunt and was very unexpecting to me. He stated, ‘She is not pretty, she has low self-esteem, and she’s poor. She has no access to physiotherapy, to gyms, to nutritional guidance. And do you think she’s going to lose weight? The reason we operate is not because of her back. Her principal illness is poverty’. With people being so judgmental like that, of course there going feel the urge to fix themselves. A big part in what aids most people, not only in Brazil, but in any country to seek out ‘plastica’, is the influence of media and society. Surgeons wont push away clients because they’re looking for business and use ads such as, ‘raise your breast and your self-esteem’ . . . so, if your breasts aren’t raised that automatically gives you low self-esteem?  They try to pin point problems that they know are common in women, especially women after having a child.

Also, having plastic surgery will not only raise your self-esteem but would also help you out when getting a job. As much as I’d hate to believe that, it’s almost true.  Everything these days seem to be based on looks.  People are always being compared and trying to reach ‘perfection’ in their looks. Like in Brazil, where women are known to have small waists with larges hips and buttocks, and if they don’t obtain these features, they want to get them to fit the Brazilian standard.  I think people need to stop comparing themselves to everyone else and look at the positives and not the negatives with in themselves.

After that being stated this might sound a little controversial, but I do have to say that I agree plastic surgery would boost your confidence and self-esteem in certain situations, BUT sometimes it takes more than a quick fix to alter what you feel psychologically.

ZARA

The ‘space of consumption’ i chose to enter was Zara. Zara is a clothing store that sells women’s, mens, and children’s clothing. All of the clothing is organized very neatly by being hung up either on racks or the wall. The atmosphere of this store, as well as the clothing gave off a very sophisticated and trendy vibe, which led to my choice of key term, sophistication. I feel people would enter this store looking for an ensemble suitable for business, a look of success that would be classy, well put together, and also fun at the same time. There clothing was also clean and to the point giving off that sophistication feel.

– Christina Billi –

Vintage Retro Style

This is my roommate Jane. She always dresses in a retro vintage style and even collects vintage items such as, posters and jewelry.