The following are real comments left on an instagram from a popular swimwear & lingerie model:
“Perfect Body (crying emoji)”
“Why’re you so skinny??”
“i want that thigh gap! cute!”
“Hmm, not enough abs”
“Craving to look like you (emoji with hearts as eyes) workout!!”
“God I’m sick of perfect chicks :(“
“my thinspo but not achievable lol”
Comments like these are everywhere— just type in the name of any popular supermodel and you’ll see a bevy of instagrammers eager to voice their opinion on Chrissie Teigan’s facial structure, Candice Swanpoel thigh gap, or the size of Kate Upton’s chest.
Sure, we used to flip through magazines and make statements about our favorite celebrities— who they’re dating, how great or terrible they look post break up, making assumptions based off of media claims surrounding said break up.
However, now anyone with a social media account can say whatever they want about a celebrity in a much more public forum. The liminal distance separating the public image of a person from who they really are is being replaced by the ability to feel like we have a glimpse of people’s “real lives” through instagram and twitter.
Maybe it’s because there’s a false sense of anonymity on the internet— knowing one can say whatever they want without the repercussion of having to actually own up to any kind of emotional damage caused by their statements—that makes us desensitized to the fact that the people we are talking about are actually real people.
Does anyone else find “lifestyle” imagery ridiculous?
You’ve seen it before— An image of a girl sitting on bed with knee high socks (you can only see her legs though), a computer, a cup of coffee, and random jewelry sitting next to her. A well coiffed and high heeled young mom chasing after a toddler… on the beach. A perfume bottle carefully displayed next to a stack of fashion photography books and a vase of fresh hydrangeas.
Yes, these images are lovely to look at, but do they really tell you anything about the person’s actual lifestyle?
I love reading.
Whether a paper bound book, an online news article, or reading wikipedia on my phone before going to bed — it doesn’t matter the medium — I love learning news things, and the most enjoyable way for me to do so is through reading.
Unfortunately, coming to the realization that our culture is changing, and text is becoming obsolete in favor of images or videos, has been difficult for me to accept.
Weather in Southern California is always warm relative to most of the US, but this week was really, really ridiculously warm. On Thanksgiving it was nearly 90 degrees in some parts of Orange County! Needless to say, this was a sharp change from the mini blizzard that delayed my flight 4 hours on Wednesday night.
My favorite Black Friday sale has already started!
This weekend ASOS is offering 30% off your entire order! Just use code TGIBF at checkout.
If you haven’t heard of ASOS yet, they’re on an online retailer that sells over 850 brands, as well as their own ASOS brand. ASOS also has a great selection of plus size, tall, petite and maternity clothing.
Be sure to head over there soon since items are already selling out! Keep on reading for my favorite picks!
Guest Post by Audrey Froggatt, NYC Fashion Photographer
“Real” women come in all shapes and sizes: Naturally slender, size 8, athletic, pear shaped, plus size and everything in between.
Curvy or straight; a woman is a woman.