Fashion vs. Faith & Family
“My father questions my disinterest of politics.” This was a tweet that I put out on my Twitter on 3/27/2014. It’s not a special day. It’s seriously just any old day. Because, thing is, he does this all the time.
My father doesn’t quite appreciate the fact that I don’t think much of politics. And, since I actually understand it, it doesn’t help me much since that just further encourages him. This has been my issue my whole life.
My parents were wary of my love of fashion since I was a child. I would stay up late at night in middle school sketching designs and watched shows like “America’s Next Top Model” to “Project Runway”. I took a sewing class and always dressed to the T. I joined online clubs of AI (Arts Institute of NY) and FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising), signed up for their newsletters, and even applied to get letters sent to my home to apply to go there. I knew I wasn’t going. I can’t really sew. My parents wouldn’t approve. And plainly, it’s difficult making a living off of becoming a designer – a new one at that. Yes, I’m a dreamer but I am also a realist. And that…that was only a dream.
Still, my passion has always been in the art realm. I can write for days. I’m passionate about everything television. That’s why I’m majoring in Communications. I’m able to keep my first love still burning through what I do. This style blog plays a huge part of it.
My parents have good intentions and I love them dearly for it. They refuse to see me struggling financially so clearly, they want me to have a good paying job. You see, they see me as a success story point blank period. And, they just don’t see fashion as a field that’s important. My father pretty much told me that writing or speaking on behalf of fashion is like…nothing. Politics, in particular is much more relevant. To be studying in DC for as semester is more relevant (I don’t mind that much). To be writing for the Times is more relevant. To be debating passionately on CNN is more relevant. My parents are truly the generation of conventional thinking. I have to keep in mind that they don’t see what I see because the things I want to do are more modern. (No, my parents are not old.)
As I always mention, I grew up in a Christian household. We take our faith very seriously and I take pride in that. Many use the name but don’t live it. I live believing that I should always be set apart…that I shouldn’t follow the customs of this world…that I shouldn’t ever conform (Romans 12:2). And, I stand strong in that. I don’t take interest in what celebrities do. I make it a point to not follow what everyone is doing. My goal is to set the standard, not yield to society’s norms.
I had to give you a brief foundation so that you all get what I’m trying to say. My parents think that fashion is worldly. In other words, they think it’s secular. But, I have to disagree. It’s hard to explain my take on it so maybe I’ll just show them this post. Under God’s umbrella, I can stand out of the rain of everyone’s goals/expectations/viewpoints. I can live out my life, pursuing what I love to do and still accomplish God’s will in any aspect… Fashion. Television. Politics!
I came across an article by Dan Blythe that quotes, “Jesus doesn’t care if you’re an innovator, trendsetter, trend-follower, or mainstreamer. Your style, taste, position, or popularity means nothing to Him. He is just looking for people who will follow.”
I have no boundaries set in place. All I know right now is that my heart is in the One that created it…and all these talents and gifts in the first place!
Photos via Tumblr – Dolce Gabbana Fashion Show 2014