Friday 20 July 2012

I just wanna be myself and I want you to love Me for who I am

I just wanna be myself and I want you to love me for who I am - Lady Gaga

It suddenly dawned on me last week that it's been over a year since Vanity Nightmare launched, and I never celebrated or acknowledged it.  I decided to create an image that echoed what I initially set out to create in the initial development of the zine which then turned into a blog.  Everyone has a Vanity Nightmare within them, an alter ego that they can either keep to one side and unleash when their want or one that slowly becomes them.

I like many others gets judged and questioned on a daily basis and they are mainly regarding things that have nothing to do with them, and have no impact to their life.  Yet people carry on, and judge, criticise and look down at people with their views that sometimes they don't even agree with, they think that's the way society deems them to be think and be like.  A lot has changed within recent years regarding acceptance and it's not a group of people that start this change, it's one person.

The best advice you can get about the way you live your life can be found in RuPauls Workin' It.

The key pieces to remember are:

Don't take life too seriously
Love yourself
What others think of me is none of my business

And to end of a positive, or a negative depending on the way you look at it.  Today I received feedback that my blog should be less personal and although I welcome any constructive criticism I don't agree with doing such thing.  The images I create come from my heart, my whole zine was based on my own life from the dark times to the best times of my life.  My blog receives views from all over the globe.  My recent Elle intern application received over 100 views and my blog is also linked to on my business card which is given out to people within the industry.  But then there's the people who are not industry professionals who access my site.  My blog allows me to see where people have accessed Vanity Nightmare, on what device and what terms they googled before accessing it.  It's here where I find out that the bulk of my views come from similar minded people, similar minded people who share similar experiences to myself.

Vanity Nightmare may change and alter in format or design, but the principles and method to which I create it will remain the same:
If you have revolutionary potential you have a moral obligation to make the world a better place' - Lady Gaga

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