Look, the fashion industry is never going to be perfect. Just like in the world around us, there is always going to be turmoil, and problematic things will inevitably happen. That being said, I’m definitely not condoning such things, nor do I think we should settle and let things just happen. We just need to pick and choose our battles more carefully, because some things we cannot win.
Two weeks ago, I talked about the importance of body positivity and self love. In the post, I mentioned the fashion industry’s fixation on a slimmer figure for models. This is my number one problem with the industry and the area I’d like to see change most. If a significant portion of the world’s population is bigger than the models you see in print and on the runway, then the average person is not being represented. It’s not good enough anymore to sweep the problem under the rug and pretend it doesn’t exist, because it’s damaging to the body images of many people living today. More major designers need to take the step of using larger models and designing for all body types, and then hopefully this would ripple through the rest of the industry.
Piggybacking off of that, the fashion industry needs to feature more people of color in print ads and runway shows. It’s 2017, for God’s sake. We should all know by now that the world isn’t full of just white people. So why are people of color all but absent from fashion shows? It falls in line with global standards of beauty, and ages of folks being told that white skin and features are better than all the rest. Obviously, I’m speaking from hearing the secondhand experiences of my non-white friends and their frustrations with the world. I’ll never know that feeling, and so I should not be considered an expert on the topic. Independent research, like reading essays and articles written by people of color, can offer a better grasp on the subject.
I have never talked about it on my blog before, but if you know me in real life, you’ll know that I hate fast fashion with a burning passion. Not only does it support wasteful habits, but it turns away from the creativity that I think makes fashion great. You have folks who fill their wardrobe with nothing but trend pieces, letting them sit and collect dust season after season. Once the person decides to clean out their closet, they either throw it away and let important resources go to waste, or they take it to a thrift store where it sits until it becomes trendy again. There are some people, like myself, who will find that piece and buy it, no matter if it’s trendy or not. We, however, are few and far between.
Honestly, I could go on and on all day with my problems with the fashion industry. I actually have a long list of issues, but wanted to make sure I shared my main points. If you want to hear more from me on this subject, be sure to let me know in the comments! I’ll definitely make another article if the need is there.
So, what are some of your problems with the fashion industry? Do any of our thoughts intersect? Let me know in the comments below!