This weeks Friend Friday questions deal with feminism and fashion blogging.
I grew up with a dad that I consider feminist in the sense that he always has reminded me not to let being a woman hold me back, incouraging me to go for it. I have grandmothers who did go for it, establishing themselves as independent women and artists, going against the norm for women at the time.
For my 18th birthday one of my grandmothers gave me the complete works of Jane Austen – and a box of condoms. The message was clear; educate your self, take part and contribute to the greater soceity (the books, people! what is wrong with you ), have fun and own your responsibility for your self.
I am humble and grateful to everyone who has come before me and on whose shoulders I stand.
Do you think there is an incompatibility between feminism and a love for fashion?
No. I have style and brains, and I am not afraid to say it.
There is more to each of us than a love for fashion, how do you incorporate every aspect of yourself into your blog?
I am true to my self in my blogging and in my life outside the bloggersphere. If I can`t be authentic in what I do and who I am then I am not interested. I do get personal at my blog, but not to private. There is no way I would be talking about self acceptance with hutspa if I wasn`t walking the walk my self, being honest about falling -and getting up again.
With the fashion industry still being a male-dominated profession, how do you think it would differ if women played a larger role?
I am very interested in seing how the fashion industry will be impacted by the growing number of sassy, competent and talented women making their mark on it. Diversity, in this case between men and women but also within the two groups, is key to any creative process.s
I think it high time for the fashion industry to celebrate diversity for both sexes!
How is your self-image and the way you carry yourself informed by your beliefs?
They are intricately linked and intertwined.
For better and for worse, I am me; humble, ambisious, joyous, melancholic, curious, introspective, centered, intelligent, creative, playful and voulnerable. I know this because I now dare to practise my core belief that we are all worthy, even me. I continue to get to know my self and dream bigger dreams for my self, precisely what I want to support in others. How can I not celebrate my newfound kindness towards my self by wearing my heart on the curvy sleeves of colourful dresses?
Do you think clothing/makeup/hair helps communicate the truth about yourself or are those things superfluous add-ons?
Playing dress up is lovely, fun and superficial, but when I infuse my fashion and my look with self respect it is anything but.
In other words, when fashion and empowerment come together it is a case of unapologetic chic.
Dress ByAnika, made with fabric from a H&M-maxi, belt from a H&M mini, scarf by Zara, wegdes by Nilson, neckless worn as bracelet by Noa Noa, ring by Top Shop, earrings by Glitter.
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