Race, Gender, and the Media. I know it sounds like a scary topic right?
The best thing that we can do for our society, our peers, and ourselves is to become aware of stereotypes and common generalities that are assumed by the public and what these issues bring to us.
“We thought that this shoot might cause a bit of controversy but we have only received positive responses. We have had a very positive reaction from several Muslim readers, who have written to Marie Claire to congratulate us for portraying Muslim women in such a positive light and for challenging stereotypes. These are women who are proud to be Muslim and do not feel at all oppressed”. ~Sadie Cragg – Marie Claire Fashion Editor
Remember when the burka became a fashion trend?
In my previous post i touched on the idea of Orientalism.
For me, Ethnicity and Culture are Great sources of inspiration, however, as a lover of culture i hope to remain respectful to the culture as well.
In recent years Disrespect has become socially acceptable.
And over the years I have noticed how Ideals and Opinions are hidden and expressed and driven through Art.
I am hoping that the Cultural Inclusion we’ve seen as of late is not just a trend to counter the Anglo Movement of previous decades.
One Reason I Love Fashion Images is that they tell stories in ways imagined by only by the Image Maker.
And Successful Fashion Images have rhythm and symmetry and sing with passion and energy, even if the energy seems quiet.
Images are so powerful because they can say so much, and the message conveyed can differ depending on the seer.
And I believe that Images are made more powerful depending on the context.
It’s interesting to see the Western interpretation of Muslim Fashion. There’s that intrigue and allure to the mysterious. There’s that notion to see what’s under that cloth.
I am, however, excited about Middle Eastern Women being represented.
with that being said i repeat, I hope to see more diversity with regard to representation of various Cultures present on the runways, in magazines, in ads, catalogs, etc.
Identity, Consumerism, Culture, Politics, let’s not fool ourselves, this is what Fashion is all about.
We all just want to see ourselves represented more.
I also must applaud the various independent blogs and online mags doing a Great job of this.