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Is the Fashion Industry Failing its Models

Behind the glossy images of beautiful models on the pages of magazines, quick confident struts down the runway and alluring poses for billboards is an untold story. A story of endless sexual harassment and abuse, underweight models, underaged models, and horrible working conditions. In the light of recent events with the #MeToo campaign, I have questioned a lot of things about the entertainment and fashion industry.

I can’’t help admiring supermodels. Everything about them, their professionalism, their height, figure and carriage gets a nod of approval each time I spot them. Plus I respect their work, it is far from being easy. Models work very long hours and have to look their best doing their work. That must incredibly hard. I sometimes have the luxury of working in my pyjamas and nerdy glasses all day if I get the chance. They never get the chance.

 

 

 

However, ever since the #MeToo campaign, a darker side to the fashion industry was revealed. Several models have spoken up. They have shared personal stories of sexual abuse and harassment from photographers, managers and designers. And to be honest, I was horrified.

There were also reports of incidents where the dignity of models, both male and female were disrespected leaving them utterly embarrassed. Others, especially models of African descent, shared stories of how the crew did not have makeup artists and hair stylists who were knowledgeable enough to handle their unique skin type and hair texture.

I felt the need to do my own part to put the words out there. To be advocate for a change.

 

Sexual Harassments and Abuse in the Fashion Industry

Let’s face it. Models are beautiful but that’s never a good enough reason for any one to sexually harass or abuse anybody. Sadly these models fall prey to perverted photographers, managers and designers. What’s even worse is that such models are forced to remain silent. And if there is one thing I am grateful for about thus #MeToo campaign, is that the culture of silence is dead!

These models are were usually left helpless and had to remain silent to fulfil their modelling dreams. I am happy to see this is no longer the case and more and more model are speaking up about these sexual harassment and abuse.

 

No Privacy

Runways aren’t as calm and collected as we know them to be. Behind the scenes its very fast, models have to change into the outfits very quickly and be ready to go. In photoshoots where a lot of pictures have to be taken within such a short time, speed of changing into the clothes for the shoot is important.

What people don’t know is that no provision is made for models to change in private. They are often sent to change in front of other models and fashion crew. Which is far from ideal. I am happy to hear this will be changing too, with the private changing rooms being enforced.

 

 

Underage young models

The fashion industry is opening its doors to young talent ranging between the ages of 14 and 16. Usually, such models are subjected to the intense working hours. More often than not they are left exhausted, as expected.

Just like other models, these youngsters are also exposed to sexual harassment, abuse and humiliation.

 

Changes

Kering and LVMH recently joined forces to introduce a new charter aimed at protecting models working with their brands. These brands include Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Alexander McQueen.

The new charter includes a call for private changing areas, and a ban on underage and underweight models. Models must be at least 16 years old to get hired, and female models must be a French size 34 (UK size 6/U.S. size 2) or above. Also, young models between 16 and 18 years old cannot work between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

 

I am happy to see the fashion industry is finally beginning to listen to these models, with this charter, and I hope all brands follow suit. We all need to be advocates of change.

What are your thoughts on the #MeToo campaign? Please sound off in the comments section below, let’s chat.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Fashion – What I Wore on my Birthday

Hey fashion lovers! I finally got around to publishing my birthday outfit post. Whoop Whoop! For those who do not know, it was my birthday a few days ago. I turned 31 and I posed for some outfit photos. As a fashion blogger, I was planning to go all out on my birthday, and rock a super glam outfit, but then life happened and I couldn’t.

 

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Like I mentioned in previous posts, I was not feeling well for the whole of last week. I was battling a terrible cold and was too drained to be in the party mood. So I didn’t really make any birthday plans. Which means no birthday outfit was decided until the last minute. I decided to style up some of my birthday gifts, and I am happy I did just that. It made my day even more special.

Everything I had on except the sleeveless blazer and bag, was a birthday present. I receive a couple gifts from my loved ones a few days to my birthday, so I decided to style them together for my big day. The look worked so well. I felt super comfy and warm, which was good as it was a very cold day.

 

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I remember growing up as kid, birthdays was a big deal for me, and it still is. The whole idea of having my own special day, and being bombarded with birthday wishes and presents always puts a smile on my face. And I am certain it is the same for many. Birthdays are still a big deal for me, even as an adult. I appreciate every new year (even though I am growing older 😃) and what each year brings to me.

 

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I am super excited to see what the thirties has in store for me, since my twenties were amazing. Wish me luck!

 

WHAT I WORE

Black lace long sleeve top – Dorothy Perkins

Black leggings – Primark

Tan tall boots – Kurt Geiger

Black bag – Gucci

Tan sleeveless blazer – Apricot Clothing

Earrings – Swarovski

 

 

Favourite Outfits of 2017

2017 has been an amazing year all around. It has been a life changing year and I am grateful for all my experiences this year. It is definitely a year I will never ever forget. I have been very busy on Fashion and Style Police this year. So many opportunities came my way thanks to this blog and I will forever remain humble. I like writing about my favourite outfits at the end of every year. It allows me look back to see what worked and what didn’t.

Here are my favourite outfits of 2017.

 

OOTD – Red Jumpsuit

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I fell in love with this Quiz jumpsuit as soon as I laid eyes on it. I love the bright red colour; never knew red could look so good on me. This is one jumpsuit that comes highly recommended by me. It is a perfect fit – size UK 10 and scream glam!

 

OOTD – Autumn Street Style

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I got this beautiful Kaftan in a market while holidaying in Oman. I love the print, it is such a beauty. It is also dead comfy and easy to style. Looking forward to when the weather gets warm enough for me to wear this piece again.

 

OOTD – Fashion Blog

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The highlight for this look is the Burgundy top from River Island. I love the design and the colour! It is also a very comfy piece and super easy to style too! I am so in love with this look.

 

OOTD – A Summer Dress for July

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I have had this Next dress for a few months now and it still looks as good as the first time I bought it. I love the print and the design It is dead comfy (I am sure you can tell I am so into comfort). It is one of those pieces I throw on when I can be bothered to put in a lot of thought into styling.

 

OOTD – Beaded Black Dress

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This was the first look in 2017 and it is still one of my favourite looks of the year. I love the Blue Vanilla dress. It goes well with the Next Blazer. This is one look I am going to be repeating very soon.

 

 

OOTD – The Oversized Trend & the Petite Woman

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This look is simply amazing. I love everything I have on. The sparkly cardigan is by Apricot and it is such a beauty. This is definitely one of my favourite looks of the year. I like the way grey and black works so beautifully together.

 

OOTD – Gucci Birthday Present

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This look is the TRUTH! I adore the NEXT jumper and Gucci bag.  It is such a relaxed chic look, and it is a look that suits my mood most of the time.

What do you think of my favourite looks this 2017? Please sound off in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

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