September 19, 2017 New York
Dealing With The Hate
One particular day during New York fashion week really caught me by surprise; mainly because I felt a real hate that I haven’t experienced in quite some time. Now, before we get into what actually happened during this shoot, I would like to say that I’m very aware there are many opinions on the job title, “Blogger”. At times I probably would agree with some of the stereotypes that come along with the name, however, we can’t deny that it’s become a reputable industry with a lot of hard working, creative and genuine people.
I think because we tend to highlight the glamorous aspects of this job, it becomes the main focus around us and creates misinterpretations of what it takes to run a successful blog and brand. Fashion weeks to me are always a great reminder of the hard working (especially women) that make up this blogging industry. From sharing live coverage, to collaborating with brands, to showcasing new fashion trends, attending networking events, creating content, editing it and being completely present for it all is just an average day. Please don't think I'm complaining about my job - I truly love what I do but I'm here to confirm it's not always as it's perceived.
Firstly, good photography plays such a big role in blogging and building a brand. Ive always taken the quality of my images very seriously across all media channels. When we shoot for the blog, we execute and approach it as a magazine editorial, from finding the right location, to waiting for the perfect timing, to editing, writing and hitting the publish button. It's my form of styling in this fashion world and it's a main creative outlet for me personally. Even though it's not always comfortable shooting in public, I've learned to be as comfortable as I can be because at the end of the day, I know the outcome is something I'm proud of and most importantly allows me to run a platform that is informative for my readers and profitable for me to make a living out of it.
However, on this particular shoot I had a girl and her friend walk by, look at me, laugh and say 'Ugh, I hate the world.' As if me walking across the street in my outfit was really affecting her day! I tried to brush it off and we continued shooting to only experience the same negativity a few moments later. Another girl walks by and stops, stares, begins chuckling at me and then starts filming me on her phone. I'm well aware how silly taking outfit photos can look from an outsider's perspective as I'm walking back and forth every few steps, I'm making sure there is movement in the clothes and I'm also running to the camera in between shots to see if the angle and lighting are right. But does that give people the right to mock what I'm doing, to look at me like I'm just something to detest? When did we get so hateful on this blogging industry?
We are all just creating here, creating hopefully something that inspires and informs our followers. Whether that be small or big, it's still a form of creativity and when did that become something we look down on? I would never go to someone's work, point, laugh and degrade them in any sense. This is a time we should be supporting each other, embracing new industries and appreciate that our generation has created many new unconventional jobs.