Model: Aruna Advaney
Jeans & Cami: EXPRESS
This past Labor Day weekend was liberating for me, because I came to an epiphany about food and body image. Thanks to the inspiration of others, and my own self-reflection, I finally decided to stop trying to deny myself, embrace my lifelong fondness for food, and eat whatever I like. To hell with my fashion and fitness aspirations. I never gained weight from my indulgences anyway, and I no longer care to lose weight, now that I no longer care about fashion.
After my attempt at modeling, and years of working in fashion retail (Express, American Eagle Outfitters, and H&M), I started to reflect on the whole fashion industry in general, and I just completely lost interest in fashion. Being a recovered shopaholic, I’m relieved to say that I have not even looked at new fashion in over a year. I don’t care to buy into an industry that is no longer relevant to me. I am now content with making the best of my own beauty and self care, without having to deal with fashion clutter and product buildup. I’m more excited about my new 0 credit card balance than I was with my size 0 jeans. Are those really a “0”? Who cares? That “0” looks much nicer on my billing statement, than it does as a fake marketing tool on an overpriced garment. I’m content with the clothes that I have, and can still easily fit into, dated or not.
I’ve come to terms with my gift of a fast metabolism, and now I look forward to fully enjoying my gift without any guilt or comparisons. I may become interested in fashion again. If I do, I’m fully confident that I’ll be able to pull off any trend, in spite of my liberal new eating plan. For now, I’m dumping fashion for my new peace of mind.