Wednesday, October 5, 2011

mermaid or whale?

Today, over 160,000 Facebook users, including a number of my own friends, shared this post with the image below attached. Here's what it read:

A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

"Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I ?! "

(The girl on the picture is French model Tara Lynn) Feel free to tag yourselves :)
Last comment: I'm not putting down thin people, being a thin woman myself (BMI of 22 maybe?) just saying that being large doesn't equate to being unattractive.

If you're a woman, like myself and millions of others, that have insecurities about your weight and the way you look, remind yourself that you are alive and you are allowed to enjoy living - not starving yourself (ok, well sometimes. kidding. this is why I'm not a motivational speaker..) or not being able to do what you love because you don't feel comfortable in your own skin.

I hope you were inspired by this post as much as I was, and thousands of others were to make this image, which our culture has deemed negative, into something positive.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

what's that jacket margiela?

No it's Kanye West, actually. 

The rapper debuted his first ever fashion collection in Paris last week (read the review here) and I'd say it's a great first attempt at a runway show. I honestly don't think P.Diddy could deliver anything better with his Sean Jean line.

"The biggest hurdle I had to face is the celebrity designer or the hip-hop designer concept," Kanye reportedly said backstage.

There's definitely a stigma attached to the hip-hop/rap fashion scene. If you haven't noticed, the style is predominately urban street wear; for men, it's the baggy jeans and puffed air force ones, and for women, skin tight jeans and exposed mid drifts, cleavage, coin slots...

This is the picture the mainstream media puts into our heads about hip-hop and rap.

Kanye West is changing that with his new line. There are still elements of the genre, with the very risqué necklines and use of leather & fur. I also spotted some '90s influence in some of the sweaters which I loved. He doesn't lose authenticity of who he is and what his music represents.

There is, however, the argument that a lack of ethnic models in the show. The african american model in the show is Chanel Iman. Is this a positive or negative thing? This could also be Kanye's way of breaking the assumed role of black females in hip hop videos and fashion advertisements. Hell, now white female rappers like Kreayshawn and Iggy Azalea are breaking the mold too (Iggy btw is far better).

Either way, if Kanye's clothing label is any indication of what the future of hip-hop fashion, I think it's definitely going in the right direction.

see more photos here via modelcouture