Monday, July 20, 2015

The Midsummer Revelation

Here we are…in the middle of summer. Well, actually just slightly past the midpoint but you get the just. What's summer without a few photo shoots? Too bad, I am separated from one of my favorite photographers during the summer. One of my favorite parts of this summer is that I get to do some photographing for one of my internships, Dress for Success. I get to do all their promotional material for their upcoming event, Shop for Success. I get to come up with the composure of the photograph, the picture taking and the social media-ing (post all the platforms). Hopefully, I will be able to do continue during the school year. Of course, I enjoy all my internships but that is just one of my favorite parts. If you want to do see my work, you can either follow @NatalieGennaoui or @DFSWest. Doing these internships has made me less afraid to go out into the "real world" after I graduate. Honestly, going to my last year scares me. From as earliest as I can remember, I was in school, around people my own age. Now, I am out about to go out into the "real world," and slightly excited but nervous. The  beginning of anything is rough but with a little time, it gets better and besides college can't last forever. Besides, if the real word horrifies me that much…I'll just go to grad school. Senior year, I am ready for you. 

Natalie Gennaoui

Any bucket list items that I should do during my senior year? (: 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

"I Wish I Looked Like Cindy Crawford"

Dress-Forever 21
Shoes- Buffalo Exchange

"I wish I looked like Cindy Crawford," said Cindy Crawford.  

Although Cindy Crawford is gorgeous, I am happy to look and be me. I like this quote because it tells people that not even supermodels looks like supermodels in real life. During my photo shoot/ hang out with Victoria, we discussed how obsessive the media is with women's looks and the impossible standards it sets for women. I brought up how bothered I was about the Carl's Jr. poster I had seen. It focused on a woman's mouth and it had the American flag print as her lipstick.  Although, this isn't as bad as other advertisements I have seen regarding the objectification of woman, it had a strong impact on me. When I first saw the ad, I just couldn't stop talking about how the media portrays women in such a sexual manner. These two Ted Talks came to mind after I saw the ad. Each are unique in its own way and definitely are worth watching. 

The Dangers of How Woman Are Seen In the Media

"The image isn't real. It's artificial. It's constructed. It's impossible. But Real women and girls are measure ourselves against it every single day. Of course, it effects female self-esteem and it effects how men feel about the very real women in their life. Women's bodies dismembered in ads are constantly being disfigured in ad after ad for all kinds of products."

Ironically enough, I got an ad before this video of a girl walking around in a bikini….

Looks Aren't Everything. Believe me, I'm a model.

"If you ever are wondering, if I have thinner thighs and shinier hair will I be happier? You just need to meet a group of models because they have the thinnest thighs, shiniest hair and the coolest clothes and they are the most physically insecure women probably on the planet."

I do think it is unfair the way women are portrayed in the media. I believe that women should celebrate their beauty but they should also appreciate who they are as a person and what they have achieved. I love having a fashion blog because I get to appreciate myself as a person and all the flaws that comes with being me. All in all, I hope that women and girls will see themselves as perfection with flaws and not feel the need to ever give in to media's standards of what beautiful is and how you should dress or act.  

Let me know your thoughts,

Natalie Gennaoui