I love clothes. I love expressing myself with my unique sense of fashion. And sometimes, I think it’d be kind of cool to be a model. If only the industry wasn’t so corrupt, soul-draining, and damaging to our perception of beauty and self-worth.
Check out this PBS documentary called Girl Model. It follows a 13-year old Siberian girl as she tries to find success as a model in Japan in order to support her struggling family back home and an ex-model-now-scout who has a pretty jaded view on the industry but knows nothing more than modeling.
For me, beauty is so much more than a pretty face and that “perfect” body. And it’s just heartbreaking to see that these girls really don’t care for the fashion part of the industry. It’s just an escape and relatively simple way (compared to investing in higher education or hard manual labor) to make ends meet at home. I don’t know what to think anymore. What am I really buying into when I see fashion that I like? Am I supporting something that ultimately hurts humanity? What do you think?