I run a small clothing business and shop front in Melbourne. My clothing caters for a niche market and I know my customer base quite well. I have been running the business for 3 years and have been involved with my niche market for 6 years. Having my customers represent my brand is something that I believe in as they live what I make for them, so when I want do to do a photo shoot of my brands clothing I choose a customer to be the model.
Sadly not long ago I had a situation that changed my perception on this idea and made me more serious about who I chose to represent my brand. Here is my experience:
I think it would be nice to be able to wear extravagant hats, and gloves, and all these extravagant clothes and not be on the street and not be mocked for it or questioned why. … If you wear a fantastic hat during the day in the street people say ‘where are you going? why are you dressed like that?’ and it’s maybe the most annoying question in the world. Why do we have to have a reason to dress up or to be glamorous or to have fun? Why do we have to have a reason for it? I hate it when people ask me why. Why not?
Dislike : When someone repetitively reblogs the same selfie(to get more notes). Then follows it up with a post about how they get so many messages about how pretty they are, but they never reply because they’re ‘not that kind of person’.
Like : when people say ‘thank you’ when you tell them they are beautiful/cute/sexy. Even if you don’t think you are, it’s still polite to thank someone for such a nice compliment.
Burlesque Tip of the Day: To tape or to glue? This be the question. Some performers swear by pastie glue, some swear by tape. What ever your method is, if you ever pop a pastie don’t fret. Making it apart of the performance and really ‘own the moment’.
-Lucy La Parr