I spend a lot of time immersing myself in all things fashion. I love seeing where inspirations are pulled from -- for example, Silvia Fendi's muse for her stunning Spring 2012 collection is neurologist & Nobel Peace prize winner Rita Levi-Montalcini. Other designers cite the uptown-meets-downtown chic styles embodied by NYC girls or the simple-yet-sophisticated looks donned by the ladies of Paris & Milan as the catalyst for their creations.
Yet I've noticed that when editors report back on the trends seen both on and off the runways, there are people who claim that these are not accurate representations of "real" women (those who aren't 6 feet tall with a size 2 waist, etc.). After learning more about the stories of these collections, I think, well... some of these collections were inspired by "real" women.
With the popularity of street style photo blogs & online fashion communities, women everywhere are able to showcase how they have cultivated their own styles based on various trends. Sure, we still see socialites wearing the latest Miu Miu's, but now we see those same coveted glitter ankle boots on the feet of "real" women in San Francisco, Barcelona, & Sweden.
So I wanted to ask: what defines/makes a "real" woman & why is there a need to use the term "real" when describing a group of women who have certain body types & features?
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