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Street Style Blogging: Where Fashion & Feminism Play Nice

By Jazmin--I'm a a feminist. I'm also interested in fashion and personal style. It always sounds like I am contradicting myself when I say that out loud.

In the eyes of the mainstream, it seems like two different worlds. The feminist movement has not given up on improving women lives and keeps demanding equality for all. Meanwhile the fashion industry promotes an unrealistic notion and hardly unachievable idea of what it means to be beautiful. Women everywhere are compromising their health and even dying trying to reach this unrealistic beauty standard.

But the amazing thing about being a feminist in the third wave is that it is so multifaceted that anything can be viewed through the feminist lens--including fashion and personal style. When I claim to have in interest in personal style, it has always just been an extension of one of the many ways I choose to express myself. It's a fun, creative and powerful outlet to tell my story--the story of who I am. I dress for myself, never for a man, to fit in or to look "appropriate." It doesn't have to be about being beautiful.

As a feminist and street style blogger, I'm completely aware yet critical of the mainstream fashion industry bloggers that come with it. I choose alternative sites and blogs that celebrate all forms of beauty and creativity do exists out there (StyleLikeU). Those blogs are revolutionizing the fashion world, reclaiming and redefining what style means. Personally, I'm drawn to bloggers who, like me, are not interested in making a point that they too fit the ideal beauty standard and therefore feel like the fashion industry is "their thing." I'm more interested in individuals who are creative and choose clothing as a means of self-expression to tell the world a story about who they are.

But alternative street style blogs are diverse and can be on anything. The common thread is that there is a consciousness of sharing something that is not celebrated in the mainstream fashion industry. Bloggers like me have a space to challenge the fashion industry on body image, race and age issues. The trend of conscious feminist style bloggers is making fashion and style more relatable to the otherwise excluded public, yet it also has the bigger potential to help the public understand how mainstream fashion ideals affect women's and men's self esteem.

I run a street style blog based on my hometown (Eres Chingon: Coachella Valley Street Style), where I am able to feature people and their style from the marginated immigrant community of the eastern Coachella valley. Instead of the typical outdoor festival/tribal wear trend pieces that everyone writes regarding Coachella Fest, I am able to feature real people from Coachella who have unique and interesting style, regardless of whether they know that Topshop has line inspired by Coachella or not.

 

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Street style blogging gives the blogger agency and the public an alternative way of understanding the potential power of owning ones personal style. It's not about trying to look like runway models and fit in with current trend. It's about self-expression and self-love.

Jazmin is a feminist activist with an interest in pop culture and feminist fashion. She grew up in the eastern Coachella Valley, the daughter of immigrant agricultural farm workers and now lives in LA as a student. - See more at: http://proud2bme.org/node/941#sthash.JbNUSF4J.dpuf

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