As a fashion blogger and personal style enthusiast, I find it incredibly disheartening when the entirety of the fashion industry and those who have an appreciation for style are generalized as self-absorbed and egotistical.
Without a doubt, there is a plethora of superficiality in the fashion industry. Fashion, first and foremost, is a business. A large portion of the industry is geared towards selling products by any means necessary to an impossibly specific demographic. It’s an industry based on looks, size, and socio-economic standing. It’s exclusive and sometimes downright discriminatory.
But that’s only one side.
Fashion is the most perceptible form of self-expression because it communicates your individuality to everyone around you. It can articulate your personality, your beliefs, and your identity without you having to utter a single word.
Kaustav Dey gives a compelling Ted Talk that discusses the social and political implications of personal style and the pivotal role that fashion played in his own life.
The video gave me a new sense of the urgency for self-expression and the necessity to have control over the way that you render your personality for others to perceive.
They say looks don’t matter but presenting yourself to the world as you want to be recognized and understood is indeed a privilege that’s not to be taken lightly.