|Kanye West and me at Band of Outsiders' F/W 2011 show. Photo: Katherine Lowe|
I had this exact conversation with three friends last week – two were models and one was a fellow fashion writer. At the risk of speaking for them, I feel like this is the kinda thing that people like us talk about every now and again to make ourselves feel better about the fact that our lives revolve around superficial pursuits. Let's face it: Fashion isn't changing the world. It is, however, perpetuating plenty of negatives, from poor body image, to the divisions between wealth and poverty, not to mention materialism, narcissism and mono-culturalism (thank you Jenna Sauers).
Don't get me wrong, fashion has plenty of positives, but for every pro I mention I'm sure you could come up with a ton of cons. I do this job because I enjoy it. I've always had a knack for writing, I like clothes, but I love the glamour and hype of the industry. That said, I've volunteered at the City Mission a couple of times on Christmas Day in Christchurch and gotten more personal fulfillment and satisfaction in those four hour blips than any fashion show, blog post or all-expenses-paid trip.
So why do I keep doing it? Good Question.
Why does anybody do anything? I guess because it's easier to do what you're used to than what you're not. And despite the fact that the world would probably benefit if we all donated 10% of our salaries to the poverty-stricken, 99% of the population won't, because at the end of the day, they're more concerned with buying the iPhone 5 than helping their fellow man.
But to answer your question: Of course I know there's more to life than cool events, fashion and clothes. And I plan on finding out what that is.
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