Scrolling through my social media platforms, my phone was beeping with notifications from a bunch of apps. Surprisingly, all of them had the similar headline “Who wore it better?”. Being the inquisitive self and thirsty for Bollywood masala gossip, I opened all of them. I consumed the news as such without giving it any thought. This continued for a couple of weeks. Now, I question myself as to why I gave it so much importance. Does it really matter? Why do we need to compare? And why are only women under the radar of the so-called fashion gurus?
Isn’t the entire idea of “who wore it better” so absurd?
Earlier, the media was just a medium to disseminate information but now, it almost does everything.
While the nature of the media business has changed, various sections of sensationalism, drama, entertainment and advertisement have flourished. Earlier, the media was just a medium to disseminate information but now, it almost does everything. While the change has been accepted, certain aspects of it which need active intervention are neglected. “Who wore it better” piece is a trivial piece which completely holds no value. In this fast-paced world, our attention span for consuming news is hardly few seconds. Pressing issues deserve our attention and not definitely “who wore it better”. Unfortunately, this does take a lot of our attention. It affects our subconscious mind of things that we are not aware of.
Media influences its audience in every possible way.
Now we’ve become active audiences who analyse, interpret and draw conclusions. There is still a certain degree of passiveness that we tend to ignore. The whole “Who wore it better” is not done by any leading fashion designers or even if so, fashion is unique to everyone and I personally feel no one should have a say in it. The idea of specifying what one should wear according to their height, weight, colour and features is nothing but trespassing one’s private space. It’s okay to wear yellow if one likes it. At the end of the day if one feels great about themselves, it does not matter who says what but sadly, such pieces do affect young girls in questioning their confidence and equating it with their sense of clothing.
Once you lose faith in yourself, the next step the one usually takes is aping somebody else. This destroys one’s own perspective. Various products propagate that, if one uses their product then they become confident. But why do we need such pseudo means of self-appreciation?
Approved clothes, looks and fashion is nothing but reinforcing stereotypes and locking down uniqueness.
Celebrity who wore it better? Why do we have to compare?
Usually, two or more celebrities are compared either to their similar looks, clothes, the colour of outfits, accessories, hairstyle and so on. This comparison of who wore it better makes and compels all of us to be a part of this mad race. What if someone does not want to be a part of this race? What if one wanted to look that way to make her happy and not the people around? Comparison on such grounds is detrimental and definitely pushes in a sense of inferiority. This affects everybody belonging to every age group. What’s not so surprising is that it’s usually women who are targeted.
Be it during film festivals, global awards, airport looks, everyday look, no make-up look, it’s always women who are under the radar.
Be it during film festivals, global awards, airport looks, everyday look, no make-up look, it’s always women who are under the radar. There is a problem if the length is too short or too long. This colour did not suit this person. She should have taken this into consideration. She is repeating her clothes and whatnot. Men are not targeted and nobody pays any attention except some of the extra cool funky looks by Ranveer Singh.
It’s time nobody pays so much attention to women’s apparels too and not post their not so warm thoughts and opinions.
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