“Difficulty is inevitable. Drama is a choice.” ~ Anita Renfroe
I was strongly advised by my closest friend not to get involved in the current “drama central” blowing up on Facebook and I agree with her, I won’t, other than it saddens me. The thing is, the part that saddens me the most is the blind “followers” on either side of an argument. I want to begin with I am not a model or a fashion icon. Don’t get me wrong, I modeled but I wasn’t truly a model. Wait that’s not right either, I modeled but I fell short of what makes a person in the SL Fashion industry iconic. Do you know what I mean? The Winter Jefferson’s, Miaa Rebane’s, Marcopol Oh’s, Diconay and Mimmi Boa’s, and even at one time Ponchituti Boucher, and that’s just a handful of them. I suppose it could be argued they were the golden generation of Second Life modeling. Heck I’d even add in Strawberry Singh, though she proclaims not to be one, she surely is. But what makes them so great? Simple really, this “crap,” for lack of a better word, wouldn’t keep coming up. No one would put up with it, or at least, wouldn’t give it a second of their time. These people didn’t need to backbite and malign to claw their way to the top, in fact, the models who did pursue that route have pretty much stayed mid-level at best. I’d like to add, the models today who take sides tend to stand on a slippery slope too because you may “think” you are right, and just in your view, but all arguments have two sides and you don’t know what side the designer, or agency, or magazine you want to work for is on.
My question is, what do you expect from your life as a great ‘SL Fashion Icon?” Is that really what some people want? Blows my mind. But then, I said two years ago the Model industry in Second life is over, but it’s still here, so what do I know? But I digress, if this is your goal, go back and look at the work of Winter, Miaa, Marco, Dico and Mimmi. What made them great? Unique excellence, that’s what they give. Excellence in style, and contrary to a statement made, no agency or school, no matter who teaches the classes, can teach excellence in style, just as they can’t teach instinct and professionalism. Potential fashion icon’s have the ability to transcend agency and choose to put the designers they work for, the icons brand (their face/personality), and their name above reproach and by doing this they could be the “Face of” any brand on the grid. Excellence of self. A suggestion? Quit settling for mediocrity! Quit setting yourself up to fail! If you think a certain agency, or person for that matter, will get you something, help you achieve a goal, you are wrong. As far as I know, there is not a single designer out there who has an exclusive contract with a certain agency, or person, no matter who he or she claims to be. Forget the middle man, market yourself, get to know the designers, help them, show them your product in THEIR designs, make their clothes yours in your own way. Agency may get you in a show or more rarely a magazine (if they have one), but then what? Should they even be called agencies? They are more like event planners really. If you want to be “virtually famous,” make your own niche, empower the designs of others, take pride in your product (you), put in sweat equity but above all, don’t waste your time in silliness and petty drama’s. But heck, that’s just my take on it. How’s that for not getting involved besty?
Hair: Monso, My Hair Min Sorry! not sure which event!
Jewelry: Ariskea, Sea Shell @ Kustom9
Dress w. glasses: =Zenith=, Sunshine @ Kustom9
Sandal: ::C’est La Vie!::, Effy Sandal
Bangle: Earthstone, Gypsy Bangle