The face of fashion is a deceiving one, seemingly perfect and without any flaws. It presents what it believes to be the perfect height, weight and colour. In a world where looking good in clothes, as well as flesh, we have forgotten all about the real face of a person, as it has been replaced by an artificial model.
Have we forgotten that some people have gaps between their teeth, some of us come with scars, many may have freckles and others could be shorter than what is preferred?
We imagine a tall silhouette walking down the runway or decorating the magazines we read, but in actual fact, not every woman or man is going to be tall, slim and desirable. Instead of the media trying to block this out, it should be trying to highlight differences between people’s appearance in a more positive light, especially for young teenagers. Those who are growing up and getting used to their body and appearance do not need to be told that they have to look a certain way to be considered attractive.
We should glorify the quirky differences that are in each of us, take for instance gaps between teeth. Models Georgia May Jagger and Lara Stone have a front gap between their teeth, which is a trademark for them. Stone also has a wobbly runway walk, which makes her stand out from other models, as she has size 7 feet which is smaller than the regular runway shoe which are size 8-10. This has only catapulted her into the limelight further. She is famed for being the face of Calvin Klein and is classed as the world’s number one fashion model on the international modelling site models.com.
As well as showing off gaps, scars are on show, being presented with pride. Actor Joaquin Phoenix has a scar above his top lip, which he does not cover up with makeup, he has not even considered cosmetic surgery. This in itself shows how positive it would be for fashion to rid itself of their ideal body image. Recently, Katie Piper documented a television show. We were able to see how she was coping with her facial scars as well as seeing other people that were in a similar situation. Not only did she state she relied more on her personality now rather than charming people with her looks, but how happy a person still could be.
It is a dangerous game fashion is playing and while some easily accept they are not the desirable height, weight and colour, for others it is not that easy. Many turn to skin lightening or skin bleaching treatments, causing their skin to go lighter chemically. For one to take such drastic measures to change their outer shell just shows how dangerous the messages of the media are. The less drastic effects are dying the hair and wearing eye contacts, which temporarily change a person’s appearance. Many darker haired women dye their hair a lighter shade, which can be down to personal preference, but I cannot help but feel that they have an image of a tall, white, blonde and blue eyed woman fixed in their minds.
I wonder if fashion will ever front a plus size woman on their campaigns, whether a man or woman less than 5 foot would grace the catwalk and if a person with facial scarring would be gracing the collections of Versace. It is a slow progress but gradually the real face of a human is coming to light and it looks nothing like a Barbie doll, thank God!