If you’re part of the blogging world then you will have noticed that over the past year or so that a new drama seems to come to light every week.
I usually try to stay out of said drama’s, if I’m honest if all feels very high school and I can’t really be bothered to have an outspoken opinion on everything that goes on. Don’t confuse this for myself having no opinion however, I am incredibly opinionated, its just some things I find are best spoken about with friends as opposed to the 10k followers I posses on Twitter. I also keep in mind how it must feel to the person in question when they’re being spoken about in a negative way every time they open their phone or laptop, its not nice to be singled out and I think some people can forget the power of their words when tapping them out onto a keyboard.
There are however some issues that I feel I can’t stay quiet about and I wanted to speak about it more openly to anyone else who may not have an opinion on fur, who may not care where it comes from and why it is so barbaric.
To give you a little context. I myself have worn fur on photoshoots and in runway shows in the past, I also used to eat meat on the regular and not give much thought about where my food came from and why I should question whether it was inhumane to consume meat, or wear leather and fur.
I became veggie slowly, first cutting out pork and beef (I have never liked fish so that was out of the picture already), soon after chicken followed suit. I gradually started educating myself on the horrible ways that animals are treated when they’re being farmed and the impact this can have on the planet, which was when I had the idea to become vegan. I was vegan for around a year but the restrictive way that I was living this lifestyle helped aid my eating disorder, which is why I made the decision to revert back to being veggie.
In the last couple of years I have been trying to buy leather less and becoming very strict with not wearing fur on any shoots or runway shows that I get booked on. These principles are important to me because I believe that animals aren’t put onto this earth for our consumption or fashion choices.
Fur is outdated and barbaric, end of. Animals like racoon’s, rabbits and foxes are bred in tiny cages and electrocuted before being skinned alive so that you are able to buy cheap coats, bobble hats, key rings and even sliders.
We are also blessed with the technology to create incredibly realistic, warm and ethical copies of these animal skins without killing anything in the process. This pink faux fur jacket is from Miss Selfridge, its sassy as f@!k and whats more, it hasn’t taken the torture of any animals to produce. What is important to keep in mind if you’re thinking about buying or wearing fur as an influential blogger is that some of your followers might not understand why this practice is so disgustingly out of date.
Why wear something that has taken an animals life just so you can look good in a couple of instagram posts?
I still wear leather occasionally and eat dairy so I am by no means a saint but I really do believe that real change comes when we educate ourselves on where our food and fashion choices come from. You don’t have to become vegan overnight and stop wearing all of your leather products at once but stopping and thinking about what it is that you’re consuming, whether that be food or fashion, can really make a difference to the world. Because hopefully, if we all stop buying these products we can all have a really positive impact on the world we live in.
Jacket – Miss Selfridge
Jeans – Mango
Top – M&S
Shoes – Converse
Bag – Chloe