Celebrities Turned Fashionistas? Think Again.

Posted: September 18, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Model Coco Rocha recently tweeted,“The word ‘fashionista’ has lost all meaning (if it even had any to begin with).” I approvingly tweeted back #preachsista. According to urban dictionary, fashionista is defined as “a person devoted to fashion clothing, particularly unique or high fashion.” In this day and age of fashion bloggers and reality TV star overload, it seems like everybody and their mother are trying to get their foot in the fashion door.

While some are genuinely stylish, others are just plain tacky. When reality TV stars like JWoww, DJ Pauly D and The Kardashians have actually been backed to start their own clothing linesthe term ‘fashionista’ becomes fuzzy. I know, I love the Kardashians too, but a line needs to be drawn.

While, yes, fashion is supposed to be a means of self-expression, celebrities from the likes of Lady Gaga to Nicki Minaj have brought it to a new, extremely unnecessary level. Sure these “celebrities” are entertaining at a distance, but I wouldn’t exactly call the pom-pom shirt that Nicki Minaj donned during New York Fashion Week a wardrobe staple.

There’s only so much fugly we can take people! So please, do us a favor and stick to the over-dramatization that you’re used to and leave the fashion to those of us who actually know a thing or two.

-Taylor Bryant

  1. Walker says:

    I agree for the most part. I think a lot of times celebrities take advantage of their status and just do whatever they want to do without having any sort of vision or true ambition for the project. This is true of not only fashion, but also music and art. I, do, however think that there is an exception. Lady Gaga and Kanye West, for example, I believe actually invest in the idea of fashion making a statement. Whereas, if you see an interview with Nicki Minaj asking her why she wore something she’ll probably just say she likes colors, Gaga and Kanye clearly have taken a genuine interest in the fashion world and express larger ideas through it. I don’t think they are driven by the concept of “I’m a celebrity now so I can afford wacky costumes” as many celebrities are. I agree though, the lines do become blurred.

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