Leading the BlogHer Fashion Show made me believe again in the power of style to transform and empower women.
Let me Explain….
For the past year or so, I’ve been very disenchanted with the fashion/beauty industry and even more disenchanted at the whole style blogging community. It’s like the very worst parts of the community- the self-centeredness, the constant need for outside validation, the obsession with celebrity- all of which should be expected if all you do is take photos of yourself everyday- are not only considered “normal”, but celebrated. The motivation for being “in fashion or style” has moved from the need to be creative to the need to be famous (or to make a quick buck). Since being famous is truly something I don’t seek (and I don’t even want) in my life, I’ve felt a bit disconnected with the very community that I helped create.
So I started to turn my attention to other areas, including helping more women, especially black women, become involved in founding tech companies (TBF is a tech company that focuses on fashion/lifestyle), through the FOCUS100 event.
However, in my role as Editor-At-Large at BlogHer, I work with the company in figuring out how to engage the style community, whose goals can be very self-serving, with BlogHer’s goals (a laser focus on building and promoting communities). In essence, I’m been working as a translator between two communities that are speaking two very different languages. At times it’s been real tough. I wasn’t sure either community (Style and BlogHer), “got” what I was trying to do….
Until last Saturday night.