I don’t really care for fashion that much. Apologies to all the fashion lovers, but I would be perfectly fine wearing a t-shirt and leggings everyday to school, to work, or just at home. Fashion never really made any sense to me, anyway. Even when I was younger, I would wear the ugliest clothes. Only looking back do I realize how horrible most of my outfits were. I didn’t even know how to do my makeup until last year. I would always wear my hair up in a bun or a braid, like an 80-year-old. However, a lot of this changed when I first set up my Pinterest account. Pinterest had a certain aesthetic that gave fashion a brand new appeal. And while I didn’t care for fashion that much initially, Pinterest taught me to love it.
I don’t think I would’ve survived the entirety of tenth grade without Pinterest. This seems like a little bit of an exaggeration, and it kind of is – it’s not like I would’ve died without it, but emotionally and mentally, Pinterest did some great things for me. At first, it wasn’t even about fashion. Pinterest was where I would save all of my fun food recipes and cute animal pictures. But slowly, as I explored the platform more, I began to see outfits I loved, but that I wouldn’t ever dream of wearing. It was a picture of something that I wasn’t and probably never would be, but could be.
Because of my nonexistent fashion sense, I was always known for my sweatshirts or t-shirts paired with leggings. That’s just who I was. Your style becomes a part of you, like a branding, the second you enter high school. And if I so much as inched away from wearing those types of outfits, everyone would notice – that’s just how high school is. It’s not like in the movies, where everyone’s concerned about how a person with no fashion sense would suddenly become fashionable. In reality, it’s more like subtle stares and whispered questions that quickly fade away because everyone’s too worried about their grades to care too much about what other people are wearing – and thank god for that.
And this is where Pinterest came in. The platform allowed me to peer inside the worlds of fashion and beauty, even when I had no idea what was going on. It introduced me to straightening my hair, which is really bad for me, but still makes me feel good. It opened my eyes to all kinds of different makeup products, and showed me how to do my makeup in the first place. Pinterest taught me color coordination and the right way to pair clothes. It introduced me to a whole new world of color and beauty, and welcomed me into a loving community.
I don’t think any of this happened automatically. On the surface, Pinterest was a fun bit of stress-relief from band rehearsals and homework and extracurricular activities. But, underneath it all, it was empowering. Despite Pinterest being home to so many amazing outfits, looks, and ideas, it was never about how aesthetically appealing the photos were, or how put-together the outfits were. To me, Pinterest meant possibility – the possibility not just of wearing cuter clothes, but of allowing myself to feel better, do better, and be better. Fashion isn’t just about looking good, but also feeling good in what you’re wearing. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin, comfortable in the knowledge that you’re perfect as you are. Pinterest taught me that.