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What We Need To Know Before Embracing Diversity In Fashion

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Fashion industry is now more diverse than ever

For a lengthy moment, there has been a demand for diversity in the fashion business. Especially after the BLM movement, the brand began to shift more toward ethnic diversity. It later began evaluating size, age, and transgender identity.

Fashion has evolved into a pastime rather than a chore.

Designers try to be the forefront of new trends while also responding to appeals from various communities to blend their own culture and express themselves through. They experiment with diverse embellishments, colors, and styles to build one-of-a-kind charms and make fashion a medium to express oneself.

What is going on right now in post-pandemic

Following a challenging 2020, with the progressive opening of public spaces this year, people have put fashion shopping back on their to-do list. Despite the fact that online shopping is booming, there are still crowds at Paris’s major shopping malls all through the Christmas sale. 

Consumers’ enthusiasm for fashion has not been dampened by the limits on people’s social activities and changes in the style of living.

For many years, top models and heterosexual, white celebrities dominated fashion magazine covers. Finally, they’re beginning to resemble the rest of us.

Following multiple lockdowns and curfews, people appear to be more ready to step out to appreciate more diversity and possibilities. People are largely open to glamorous color and garments in this third year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The biggest color trends of 2022, according to WWD’s forecast and analysis, are centered in optimism, warmth, growth, and excitement.

In January, the influential British indie magazine Dazed named Ib Kamara as editor in chief. Jessica Cruel was chosen as cover girl of Allure magazine in August. This year has also witnessed a significant increase in the number of Black models.

However, when fashion enterprises, publications, and social media urges to embrace diversity, are people now free from the stereotype of simplification? 

How about body size diversity

Despite the fact that there are more and more celebrities, models, and influencers of diverse body shapes on the rise.

Certain moments in everyday life nonetheless inevitably involve us in body anxiety. For example, when you launched one app, a photo of an ex-colleague whom you still follow on social media popped up. She’s on the beach in bikinis, sipping a mojito. You can’t help noticing her slender body. Then you start to question, “Should I drop 10 pounds?” 

Some people choose to keep thin garments on their bodies in order to inspire themselves to lose weight. They may weigh themselves on a scale or judge themselves in front of a mirror. They may preserve too-small garments as a nagging reminder to diet.

The idea of ideal weight chart

Have you ever compared your weight to an ideal weight chart, the Body Mass Index (BMI), or something similar? If you find that your weight is within the green range, you might feel cheerful and…healthy. If you are deemed “overweight,” you will most likely skip your dinner.

Notwithstanding, most of these metrics fail to take into account a person’s set point or natural weight, as well as the quality of a person’s food or activity levels, many of which can affect general health.

Only 3-5 percent of the population can match the appearance shown by size 0 (or smaller) models. In reality, the concept of an ideal body size is driven by the fact that only a tiny proportion of people can actually accomplish it. And we are not born with the belief that one body type is intrinsically superior to another.

Respect different body sizes

Different body shapes are valued more than others across cultures throughout history. If you ever want to pass one day wandering through an art museum. You will view masterpieces by Gauguin, Manet, Renoir, and many others. Remain aware of the different body types of the women in the paintings. Do any of these images match today’s modern idealized body type? What thoughts do you have when you look closer at their beauty?

There is no “ideal body shape”

We will discover that genes hold a significant portion of body shape and size. It is vital to respect our genetic inheritance and to liberate ourselves from clichĂ©s like purchasing the “ideal body shape”.

We must learn to listen to our own needs and sensations. Only when we put aside the voice that urges us to conform to today’s dominant aesthetics would we be able to embrace the new diversity-led fashion era.

Allowing us to fill the closets with clothes that fit and support our sense of selves and styles is freeing and exciting. Take time to think about how we want to express ourselves.

Fill the closet in a way that supports us in the same way we have stocked kitchen with foods that we love.

Born and raised in Shanghai, living and working in Paris.
Stylist, editor, creative director and art project manager.

Academic background: English language and Literature, History of Western Art
Professional background: Art Curation, Fashion Design, Styling, Creative Marketing

Currently pursuing studies in cognitive psychology and the art of negotiation.