The cover of ELLE Collections is famously known for being creative and collage-y, this year was no exception. Edie Campbell centred on a baby blue background, with Celine-esque brushstrokes in complementary colours, accenting her graffitied outfit. Floating around her were mini models, mid step, all in pastel hues. It was very calming, soothing, unlike previous years, which were considerably more vibrant and bold. It was comforting that they did the expected, predictable move of playing out the spring theme and didn't do a Devil Wears Prada: "Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking."
In this ELLE Collections, there was a section labelled "The Most Beautiful Girls in the World". It made me think about this girl in my school (who will NOT be named for obvious reasons) who has recently just been selected to participate in a Beauty Pageant. Now, I'm one of those people who will defend modelling, despite it being a slightly soul-crushing industry, with an awful reputation from the likes of Ugly Betty. I defend it because I believe that there is some skill in being a model. I don't defend the stupid models that are literally just a pretty face, I defend models like Edie Campbell and Cara Delevinge, models that are intelligent and use their power and venerability over young girls to a positive impact. I think that models should not be sent hate or be put down for being beautiful. Cara Delevinge has a saying, "stay weird," and girls listen to her because they respect her. She has earned respect through the industry that is thought to be a heartless monster. Back to the girl in my class, she just sent in a selfie, edited to infinity, and got through. She didn't have to be interviewed or see how she works, if she can make the clothes work, if her appearance had the right look to empower women. She had to stand there and be assessed on purely her physical appearance. And she knows it. She's really intelligent, not academically, but she's clever. However, she let herself be viewed and became what people call, "a piece of meat." I'm not jealous of her, I'm sorry for her. Imagine being led to believe you're going to get into this Beauty Pageant and then being dismissed because you're not pretty enough. I don't know why this infuriates me so much, but I just don't agree with it.