`There is always room for healthy debate in the world of fashion and in beauty. And it has caught my attention the last few days... that for whatever reason there appears to be a recent twist in the story of our well known and much loved 'Selfie.' 'Selfies'.... gathering years of bad rep and (whether with choice or without choice) regarded to always be the optimum of narcissism, have over a period of time afforded the luxury of becoming.. just one of those things 'the kids do'... and earning their place as part of an acceptable social standard in our current cyber age.
Recalling the days (in delight) when I myself once scorned and tutted my opinion with phases such as.... 'Paaaaaaahh, what self obsessed little monsters are indulging in this fiasco!?' whilst breathing a sigh of relief at the current state of the world and human race... Later on to find myself in the bedroom mirror considering my perfect angle.
You cannot revoke the power of a selfie. And however narcissistic it can seem to the world outside your bedroom mirror there is something undeniably liberating about it.
We luxuriate in those comments that come flying back to us, admiring our new hair cut or the way our eyes beg to be alluring..... the angle of our cheek bones that makes us appear that tiny bit slimmer than we actually are or how the light captures our skin and sets off the tone just right.... There is definitely NO filter here, we promise our followers ;)
Lena Dunham. A personal eidolon of mine (not saying that I agree with everything she says or does but I do admire her and her 'i'll question the paradigms of idolism in the current media, whether you like it or not' kind of attitude) has caused a current small scale stir.
She's an interesting lass. I like how she gets it wrong sometimes. And I love watching her learning curve.. more recently however iv'e been glancing at her real life curves as she continues to live up to her recalcitrant behaviour and salt the earth with a new intriguing trend.
The lingerie selfie.
First impressions of this trend are that admittedly we have to agree the selfie is just one of those guilty pleasures we all have inside us. Whether we like to admit it or not. And this is just the next step up from that.
I am enjoying this new trend... In fact, regarding the industry. And watch with incredible interest whilst disbelieving that the new 'lingerie selfie' is suddenly a thing...
"This is fantastic news" I hear the lads cry..... un till the ones who have girlfriends quickly rethink and shun the idea as they realise.... "MY girlfriend in lingerie for the world to see? This is now acceptable? This is something i'm going to have to accept now to be part of the game within social media?"
Sorry lads. But it appears so.
Maybe there will even be a male version on the horizon soon after? (we all know there's no room for biased notions of gender left in this world.)
But then, maybe this is just a passing phase? I mean we did have the 'Morbid selfie' phase not so long a go in our past.... and the 'No make-up selfie' lasted for a good few days before eventually fizzling out (thank god.)
But this one. well. I kinda hope it sticks around...
Not only because of course I love lingerie but also for market research purposes.
For example... I now know that Lena is a fan of 'Lonely' lingerie (the set featured in the image above) And the brand are clearly a fan, hitting back with instant praise and the thank full message "We are so glad you exist Lena"
I have no doubt the lingerie industry is going to be highly appreciative of all this free marketing.
So how about all those liberated girlies showing their skin?
Is it self expression?
Is it self obsession?
Or is it just another call for all eyes on me attention?
Is it just another 'effyourbeautystandards' campaign?
Is it healthy?
Should we be exposing our bodies for all those predators on the net to see?
Not forgetting that these days its very possible for our curious future employers to find us on the net with ease.
Not forgetting that what gets uploaded... sticks around. You cant rectify that one. And if its self inflicted, well, sympathy's not guaranteed and not expected when it all gets out of hand.
But nevertheless its great for me. Lingerie is my passion and when I see that passion shared I cannot help but smile inside.
I am intrigued. And for now I guess we'll just have to see how this one plays out...
But hey, what ever happens lets just hope to see some Gossard wearing girlies out there ;)