CHOOSING A CAREER / OCT. 08, 2015
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10 Fashion Industry Stereotypes That Are Actually True

The world of fashion is ruthless. You need to understand that The Devil Wears Prada isn’t just a movie – it’s probably the closest reflection of the fashion industry anyone has ever managed to show on film. However, all prejudice we have about that world is carefully implemented into a very innocent genre we usually watch so we can take our minds off of everyday problems – a romantic comedy. But, it’s far more serious than a cliché story of a poor girl who can’t dress using her wits to climb the social ladder and falling in love in the process. How original.

The fact is fashion is a quite expressive form of art – it enables us to look on the outside the way we feel on the inside. It should come as no surprise that so many people want to devote their careers to fashion, but it’s not something that should be taken lightly. Stereotypes are based on the truth, you know.

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1. The Scale is Your BFF

A statistically irrelevant number of models and people in the fashion industry in general are naturally fit, and even they are obsessed with spending hours and hours in the gym. The ones who claim otherwise are not so pretty little liars. The deeper you go into fashion, the more times per day you’ll want to check in with your scale, just to see how things are going. People in fashion are major self-esteem killers, so you’ll be counting every gram and every calorie.

2. Too Tight, Impractical and Uncomfortable? No Problem

One does not simply go around wearing items from last season. When you’re involved with the fashion industry, you’ll be practically forced to stay in one of their capitals, so the chances are new collections will be sold out before they even arrive at the stores. The clothes that are left will be a size too small or a couple of sizes too big, and you don’t really want to be seen wearing something that’s baggy, do you? The obvious choice is going with something you can’t even breathe in, but don’t worry – you’ll get used to it in no time. Breathing is so last century.

3. Live Accessories

If you’re going through all that trouble to look absolutely fabulous, why would people around you ruin all that by looking ordinarily dull? Well, let’s be reasonable, no one could look that fabulous, but they can at least try. Obviously, being surrounded by real, live accessories is implied – a perfectly stylish GF and a BF that matches is like a neat little bow that rounds off your outfit.

4. What Are You Wearing?

No phone-call or a text can go without this question. Whether you’re meeting one of two people mentioned above and you want to make sure your outfits are on the same level of classiness, you’re searching for an inexhaustible source of inspiration or you’re simply interested to find out the answer without a particular agenda, these are the exact words that will replace the conventional hellos and goodbyes.

5. The Queen of Mean

Fashion enthusiast or not, you know the queen of mean when you see them. The status they currently enjoy enables them to behave like the Queen B in Gossip Girl, Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, Naomi Campbell in The Face or Victoria Beckham in real life. Whether they have gone mad with power, or they are simply getting all the advantage of being a world-renowned fashion icon, the fact is we find their behavior quite sassy and even lovely. That is until you have to work for them, which is when your life turns to hell. Unless you’re into that whole domina fetishism thing – if that’s the case, I’m sure you’ll love it.

6. Perfection as a Must

The fashion industry is setting an unrealistic body image for women, it’s unhealthy and impossible to maintain, blah, blah, blah. This is a sentence we have all heard, read or said one too many times, but other than a few plus-sized models that managed to get some media attention, nothing has changed. Besides, they can’t be that unrealistic when so many women worldwide are doing it. Not everyone has the same priorities – if looking fabulous isn’t at the top of your list, stop bitching about how unreachable this ideal is. Fashion is a lifestyle – you’re in or you’re out.

7. Money Makes the World Go Round

Kim Kardashian
BBC

This is where all the luxury is – clothes that are way too expensive, shoes that cost more than your monthly rent and makeup that’s so pricy you’d think the gods themselves made it. Let me put it this way – money that circulates in the football industry is completely understandable and justified in the world of men, and that’s exactly what fashion is for women. Face it, neither of these two things is a basic human necessity, but that doesn’t mean that people aren’t willing to invest tons of money into them.

8. Food Is so Overrated

Speaking of money and priorities – trying to make it in the fashion industry doesn’t leave you much room for food. Whether you’re have ambition to become a model, a fashion blogger or you perhaps want to be a part of a magazine, you need to dress to impress, and that’s definitely not cheap. Take a look at things from the positive side – at least you won’t gain weight.

9. Are You on the List?

Except for “what are you wearing?”, this is another question that will pop up everywhere you go. The fact you’re involved in the fashion industry doesn’t really mean anything – the moment when you realize you went from no one to someone will be when your name starts appearing on the VIP lists. It’s like the people in this so fabulous industry feed on being considered important, which is actually a lot harder than you think. Currents and trends in fashion change really fast, and if you’re popular today, the whole world might forget you during the next twenty four hours. This explains all the nervous break-downs and drama, doesn’t it? Well, life isn’t fair.

10. But, There’s Still Hope

Sure, this luxurious world and fabulous people in it are vicious and cruel, but even though they seem to be misanthropists when you’re around them, they are actually great philanthropists on the global level. Only the rare few among them don’t fight for a great cause – raising awareness about the environment, investing in medical research, animal activism, trying to end world hunger, fighting against stereotypical disorders in fashion like anorexia and bulimia, or putting their best effort to help drug addicts. It seems like they are putting their money to good use after all, doesn’t it?

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Many fashion newbies believe they will change how things are done once they become successful, but that’s exactly when you’re already transformed into a viciously gorgeous ideal, and you won’t be able to find one reason why things should be different. Some call it a cult, while others believe that this world forces completely wrong role models upon young people – you either accept it, or you don’t. No one is trying to drag you into fashion, it’s overcrowded already.

Even if, after all these warnings, you still want to become a part of the fashion world, something serious is wrong with you, but perhaps that’s exactly the reason why you belong there. One last piece of advice – be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.

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