Every woman goes through it – gazing at magazine covers, wondering what new exercise plan, diet, or magic cosmetic she can find to look like the women they see. We are bombarded with perfection at every corner and crevice, with a constant message that tells us what beauty is and how we have not yet achieved it.
Living in NYC, I feel this pressure more than ever. Everyone is talking about the new thing that you need to get ahead, or this new scene that you must try even though it’s already gone and the best thing ever.
A lot of this pressure is admittedly self-inflicted, so I decided this week to go see how the other half lives (or more like the beautiful 1%), and dropped in on a few photo shoots at Modern Vice Studios. This is a fairly new studio space at this point that is used for photo shoots as well as rented out to other photographers and fashion companies.
The space was invigorating, a truly eclectic mix of artistic people dressing, designing, arranging, and photographing for the entire day. A number of different brands shuffled through, bringing an entirely fresh perspective to the white backdrop every few hours. This was a long way from home, and to be a bug on the wall watching the controlled chaos was a really fascinating experience.
Within each scene was of course, great beauty. But when I saw the depth of commitment to each shot, to how many people it took to get every detail right, I knew that I couldn’t be jealous of the women I saw in magazines. Yes, they were stunning, perfectly dressed, and are perhaps the next step in fashion. But I don’t have a team to prep me before work every morning, and I wouldn’t want one. For now I’ll be content for watching from afar, with an interested but not jealous eye.
Check out the studio if you’re ever in the garment district, they accept drop-ins! https://foursquare.com/v/modern-vice-studios/5113d33cd86cbc2eabccb9fe