For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to work in the fashion industry. Some of my earliest childhood memories include cluttering every piece of paper I could get my hands on with sketches of curvy girls in beautiful gowns. I had my mother buy me numerous sketch pads and books to teach me how to draw so that I could dedicate as much time as possible to my future as a fashion designer.
When I got older I learned that there was more to the fashion industry than designing and that I could use my talent for writing within the world of fashion. This realization came around the sixth grade, at which time my English teacher suggested I start a fashion blog, and so I did. Looking back now, I’m both embarrassed and proud of what I created that year. I sat down at my computer and gave my honest opinion on every trend I saw in the halls of my middle school, from shuttered sunglasses to brightly colored skinny jeans. No one was reading my thoughts back then, but it didn’t matter.
Now that I’m older, and I’ve progressed to my third blog (I believe this one is here to stay for a while), I know that fashion blogging is about so much more than I could comprehend when I was in the sixth grade. Trend analysis and “Outfit of the Day” posts are cool, but they don’t really say anything. When I sit down at my computer now, I have a goal: showing my reader that fashion is more than just clothes. To quote Coco Chanel, “Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
I dedicate my time to this blog and to my career as a whole to show people that fashion isn’t all about vanity and aesthetics. Fashion is political, fashion is social, fashion is impactful. Moreover, I dedicate my time to this blog and to my career to call the fashion industry out on its BS. When I was drawing sketches of curvy girls all over the place as a child, I was honestly just foreshadowing my career; I was making fashion something that couldn’t be ignored in my house and I was pushing for fashion that was inclusive.
Now the goal is to do those things on a global scale, with words instead of garments. When I post on this blog, it’s not just for fun and it’s not just about clothes like it was when I was in the sixth grade, which is why it disappoints me when I see other bloggers diminish their platforms to “just whatever.” Whether it be fashion, hip-hop, makeup, video games, sports or whatever else one chooses to blog about, it’s imperative to go beyond the surface level. After all, speaking without having something to say just creates clutter.
Be the zeitgeist.