Wednesday, 12 March 2014
An Open Letter: Girls don't have to do beauty, fashion & makeup.
Somewhat recently, I received a message in my YouTube inbox. It was from a twelve year old girl living in the Bahamas. She wrote that she's always wanted to try YouTube but never saw the point as she didn't know anything about beauty or makeup.
As quickly as my soul ignited, it was subdued with sadness. I bet there are tons of girls all over the world with talents far exceeding anything we've ever seen who hold back on starting a blog or YouTube channel because they feel the same way. They don't do beauty, therefore they will never make it anyways.
What saddens me even more is that these girls probably didn't get this idea from the men in their lives either...
We live in a world that places so much more emphasis on how a woman looks, rather than what she can do and here we have a free platform where we are 100% free to do whatever the hell we want and we're still believing we have to base our experience solely around how we look. How we did our hair, makeup, or what we're wearing.
I know several may argue it's the only way for a female to get any attention, but to be perfectly honest I'm not even sure that's the case anymore. The market is so full of so many people doing identical things, I imagine it must be pretty hard to stand out. If anything showcasing your talent whether it be your writing, photography, videography, humour, interviews or advice giving may get you more attention than would jumping into an already full industry.
It's the modern day, "A woman belongs in the kitchen."
Only now it's a woman's place is a fashion blog.
So to that girl who sent me that message, or anyone who's been scared about starting a blog, if you really want to... do it. Though it may look like you can only make anything of yourself doing fashion, you've got to jump in here and do what you love. If you're passionate about it, and keep 100% true to yourself at all times things will work out how they should. I can promise you that. Plus, I can almost guarantee whatever niche you fit into there is a vast expanse of people hungry to find someone like them.
Be the change you want to see.
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