This is probably one of the oldest and hardest adages. I constantly feel that need to just be myself. They say in social media, we are the best versions of yourself. Culinary experiences are as diverse as Anthony Bourdain's show- Parts Unknown. Heck, you can even have a fashion showdown with Carine Roitfeld. You may beat Chiara's Ferragni's or Jinky Pacquiao's Hermes collections. Your love life is a 21st century Cinderella story- and everyone's #relationship goals.
The sad truth is it is possible that our #(fillintheblank)goals may all be a facade or a glamorized version of ourselves. I remember one friend who told me that a friend of hers borrowed luxury bags from her. This bag-loaner will have her closet featured in a fashion magazine in the Philippines. There is also one seemingly glamorous friend of mine who always posted new Givenchy Sneakers or new Birkins on her IG, only to find out that it is not hers or they were fakes- and she was homeless.
I'm not saying that they are liars or impostors, their internet lives they were trying to portray is vastly different from the lives they truly have. Perhaps it might be escapism? I am guilty to filtering photos in social media-sphere. It is fun, and it is amusing to show people possibilities (if that's what you call it). And, it really is hard to look at tweets and status updates of personal tragedies.
Another thing that I've seen is masked are bloggers' personal style. I remember styling for a shoot one time and the blogger subject did not contibute to any garment choices. She just acted like a model. She was seeded or forced to wear clothes that werent really her. She was just paid to do it.
Recently, I've developed this fascination with the fashion influencers. And i've noticed one thing, they are promoting the same products from the same companies. Same silhouettes but different colors, same bags styles but differents sizes or colors, even the same makeup brand. i'm guilty of using the products seeded to me too, and I always try to use it differently, or put an edge to it. Bag straps necklace or noose anyone?
Even in fashion week/s, fashion influencers were wearing the same products but different kinds of flashiness. Sometimes I wonder if they really like what they are wearing, or if they are truly fans of the brand. Sometimes I wonder if their ostentatiousness is the result of their style preference or a need to get street style photgrapher's attention so that they may be featured in the New York Times.
In times like these, I cant help but wonder if anything in fashion is authentic anymore. If aliens decided to study the human race via google and fashion bloggers, what will their impression of humanity be? Is it all flashiness (like the Capitol of Panem)? How will they view us? Lastly, is it really us?