When I was around 13-years-old, I had a conversation with my older sister in her kitchen in Ohio. I was just discovering feminism and musicians like Ani DiFranco and Tori Amos and books like Body Wars and Reviving Ophelia. I made an offhanded comment about how feminists don’t wear makeup. My sister said very indignantly something along the lines of, “Like hell I’ll give up makeup!”
After that I accepted feminism can and should go hand in hand with makeup and fashion. That brings us to this week’s Friend Friday topic of feminism.
Do you think there is an incompatibility between feminism and a love for fashion?
If we don’t examine the way women are portrayed and just say, “Oh, it’s just the fashion industry!” then there is incompatibility. A love of fashion implies admiration for the industry and not just what we put on every morning.
I think as consumers and fashionistas, we need to question the portrayal and roles of women in fashion. Are women passive models without a voice? Are they designers brushed off in favor of their male counterparts? And what about airbrushed advertising?
There is more to each of us than a love for fashion, how do you incorporate every aspect of yourself into your blog?
When I started blogging, I focused on fashion and makeup. As I continued, I started incorporating opinions on makeup toxicity , animal testing and, of course, becoming a feminist blogger.
I realized I cannot and will not separate my personal, political and ethical beliefs from my passion for clothes and makeup.
With the fashion industry still being a male-dominated profession, how do you think it would differ if women played a larger role?
I don’t necessarily agree that the industry is male-dominated. Rather, I think that male designers get the most attention. I don’t think more women will change the bottom line to make money. Unless there is a huge shift from objectifing women and capitalizing on unattainable body types, more women won’t change a thing.
How is your self-image and the way you carry yourself informed by your beliefs?
My beliefs, opinions, ethics and politics have always given me a great confidence and I believe that shows through the way I treat others with respect and kindness. I can’t lie though, I am very opinionated and rather notorious for being open about those beliefs.
Do you think clothing/makeup/hair helps communicate the truth about yourself or are those things superfluous add-ons?
No. Not at all. I say that with complete, unwavering confidence. What I wear, what lipstick I put on means very little about who I am and what I believe. When I wrote about this a few weeks ago, many readers simply could not agree with me, which I respect.
However, the way I purchase goods says volumes about my beliefs on sustainability, sweat shop labor, gender discrimination and anti-women advertising.
What do YOU think?