The musings of a fourth year English medical student

Sunday, 7 August 2016

WHAT IS AN ICON?

I've always loved the idea of being iconic. Not necessarily myself being iconic, but the conception of an archetype; constructing your own shell, your own trademark. I think this is why I fell in love with the glossy magazines like Vogue and Elle, because women were transforming themselves into icons. They were choosing how they wanted to be presented - how they wanted to be seen.

I think many people feel that people interested in beauty and fashion are vain air-heads. I love both, but I know I am neither vapid nor ignorant. Just because I am training to be doctor doesn't mean I can't wear frilly dresses and gasp with excitement at a new lipstick.

The conflict I have in my own head is that I want my fashion sense to reflect what I love, but to also ensure that I'm taken seriously. This is partly why I love blogging, because I can share medicine-related content but also talk about lemon pavlovas and my love of all copper homeware. You don't have to simply be the academic or the artist. 

Whilst we can choose how we define ourselves, it's up to our peers as to what their judgement is. 

What am I trying to get at? Well, I think we should all be exactly who we want to be, and then feel fine being someone totally different the next day (if we wish). Don't worry your head as to what others think, because if they're talking about you then their own lives must be rather dull in comparison.

Below are some images that I think are iconic and love to look at for style inspiration. 
I think Charlotte Tilbury is absolutely stunning




Keira Knightley in the film Atonement

Clos Maggiore



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