During my teen years, I used to dream about living in a big city with an amazing life. I used to fantasize about my own apartment decorated with vintage furniture, going out with my best friends for drinks, and work in an incredible place for an incredible company.
For many years I was in denial about what influenced my mind into doing all these amazing things. Now that I am just starting to work in the industry I love, I can finally admit the real reason why. It was simply because of…reality TV, and I am sure you know what I am talking about.
Fashion-themed reality television was started almost 10 years ago with What Not to Wear. I remember watching the show with my sister every summer afternoon; I was thirteen years old. My favorite part was the 360 mirror.
There are around 53 television shows that revolve around the world of beauty and fashion in general, according to Wikipedia. My generation can’t deny the fact we are heavily influenced by these shows. Some people more than others, though. I consider myself inside the “more influenced” category.
Reality TV opened the windows for everyone to see the secret industry that used to be for few people in the past. By watching any fashion related show, you felt part of it as if you were the stylist helping out.
During high school, the show that really influenced me was The Hills. I loved the show because I felt identified with Lauren Conrad, she was the “cool girl” with “cool dreams” and I wanted something like that. It was not until college when I decided that fashion was my passion. My motivation was that someday, I was going to live in the Big Apple to work in something fashion-related.
Another show that I am crazy about is The Rachel Zoe Project. Rachel Zoe represents for me a super woman. She is not only a stylist, she has her own line, The Zoe Report, she co-wrote a book called Style A to Zoe, and many things more that she manages to do looking fabulous all the time. How can she do that? I love watching her show because, besides that she makes me laugh, she makes me think that if she can do all of that, so can I.
Maybe it is silly what made me choose this career path, or maybe it was the best thing that could happen to me. Truth is that, without a doubt, those shows gave me a sneak peak to this wonderful world.
So, thank you Stacy London and Lauren Conrad. Without you guys, I probably will not be writing this post from New York City today.