East

I’ve lived in China for a year and later I’ve traveled there several times. Chinese like to copy, they copy everything. Lots of international brands produce there and this gives their industry an opportunity to create copies of new things faster than their arrival in the other parts of the world. Of course, these copies are immediately spread, which makes the market there very dynamic. And no matter what any brand says about how exclusive their products are, I am pretty sure that if they are made in China, it means that they have lots of copies.

What I realized during my year in China is that they are absolutely crazy about everything which comes from Korea. Korean fashion is the creative inspiration for a lot of Chinese people. Koreans are more open-minded, they dare to wear sometimes strange outfits and most of Chinese fashion lovers try to be like them. Meanwhile, Korea takes its inspiration from Japan, which, we all know is a Mecca for the fashion business – not only because the living standard there is very high, but also because fashion is part of the game there. It’s like food! I have a friend who lived there for a while and he once told me that you can see somebody dressed from head to toes in luxurious brands, but riding a very old bike while going to the grocery.

So as I understand it, Japanese create the trends then they go to South Korea and then to China from where… well, they flood the world.

Of course, there are other possibilities, a bright idea can be born everywhere in the world, but what is sure is that people from Japan and South Korea are very aware and love being in. Here is a girl I met in the shop of Louis Vuitton, she is Japanese and I couldn’t miss her long wool stockings which are something all Asians wear.

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Profession MODEL feat. Karlie Kloss

I wanted to talk about what it is like to be a model. It’s one of those very hard professions, which people consider to be very easy. Not everyone can be a model. First, you have to have the physical making or, being 172 cm tall as a minimum, have a very skinny body, beautiful face, teeth, skin, hair…

You have to possess the confidence I was talking about and not to be afraid of being watched at. Of course, you can learn all that. There are modeling courses where they teach you how to walk, how to pose, how to look at the audience/camera etc. And what is visible is that they are just going out on the runway, they just make a round and that’s it. In my point of view, it’s much more pressure and stress, because you have to take very good care of your body as this is the tool of your work. You cannot eat normally, you have to be on a diet all the time, which is very stressful for the organism. You travel a lot, so you have to deal with distance and time difference – something I’ve experienced and trust me, it’s very tiring. Then you are separated all the time from your friends and family, I don’t know how these people have relationships at all. Staying beautiful with all that stress seems impossible!

Moreover there are the photographers and all the curious people, who want to be close to you, as if you are some kind of peculiar creature – they stare at you, all so short, they want to touch you and see if you are real or you are just a doll, they are looking at you as if you are an object in the museum. Here is a picture I would like to share.

Please notice the way the guy on the background is watching at the model. I read in his eyes: “Oh my, she’s so tall and so skinny!”

It must be hard taking all the strange comments about you. And this is only what people think about your appearance. Let alone what they think about your personality – it’s even worse: If you are beautiful, you are immediately stupid, shallow or just an empty package. And this will never change. Nobody takes seriously a girl who works as a model. Well, except people who are aware that this is a profession just like all the others.

Being a model is hard, I imagine these poor girls hungry all the time, eating lots of medications to keep their figure. I’m wondering what happens after you stop being a model. Let’s say a lot of them go on working for fashion industry, but probably lots of them are doing something else. It must be hard becoming a normal person after you’ve been on the catwalk. All the jealousy, all the talking, all the people trying to stand on your way…

What do you think about all this? And looking at the pictures here, do you think that models are too skinny and do you think it is necessary to impose a new standard of beauty (meaning  less skinny and more healthy looking) and why?