Yoga, UGGs and tattoos – are you into out smartening the media-fed lies? Let’s get to it, then! First, because since Gwyneth Paltrow’s emancipation she became one of the most followed fitness gurus on the Planet, Tracy Anderson’s words are relevant to the media. And for those who look up to her.
Before Gwyneth, Tracy worked with Madonna (actually Madonna recommended Tracy to Gwyneth and so the Goop emancipation begun) and now she’s training JLo, Kim Kardashian or Nicole Richie (and who knows else). It’s safe to say that some of the most envied bodies in entertainment are shaped by Tracy Anderson. But did you know that Tracy has recently spoken out against yoga and raw diets?
Because, as far as the glitzy guru goes, yoga (or raw diet people) are simply cowards, not facing their own reality and the reality surrounding them:
‘I see more women in my office with injuries from yoga. […] I think a lot of people misidentify the fear of the relationship of who they really are or who they can really be, so they go for strong communities or extreme measures like the raw food community or the yoga community.’
Neat! So yogis are now extremists whilst Tracy’s workouts who have been repeatedly called by Gwyneth as ‘grueling’ are like a walk in the park. Tracy’s extremely strict diet (for which she caters meals to Hollywood people buying into her mirage) is certainly not extreme! Whatever fills your bank account, Tracy! But you’ve certainly lost your charm as far as I’m concerned! The trend that needs to go away: over-seriousness of working-out!
Now onto the UGGs – remember when we were praying for the sheepskin shapeless booties to go away from fashion? Well, Alexandra Shulman’s house of Vogue UK is swearing that UGGs are back! And to sustain that, they compare the revival of UGGs to the comeback of Birkenstocks last summer, because, as Vogue UK said, we all need to ‘Embrace your guilty pleasure – the Ugg boot is back.’
In favor of UGGs boots, I will just say that they’re utterly comfortable and warm and easy to get around – no zip, no complicated fastening, just pull them or kick them out, there’s no philosophy. But from the sheepskin basic, shapeless footwear with even soles to the anatomical sole support offered by Birkenstock’s corkbed footwear? There’s a light-year of distance!
Wait! There’s more! It would appear that UGGs are the trademark of ‘yummy mummy’ and to break that, one must wear them with fishnets and tunics and bare legs. Because – as we all know – wearing the same boots as Kate Moss once did enables any wearer to have Kate Moss’ pins as well. How can one base an argumentation on the likes of Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen? Those women look divine no matter what they’d wear! On the other hand, have you tried UGGs and fishnets? It’s way more extreme than practicing yoga! Trend that needs to go away: over-hype the UGGs!
See also: Stars who love their UGGs!
Now the third and the ugliest lie the fashion media is feeding us with talks about tattoos! Remember we talked about those fabulous, metallic decals you can put on your skin as temporary tattoos? Those were beautiful! A true trend to follow, whereas the new ‘it’ ink is not only disgraceful but also a health hazard! Steff Yotka proclaimed for styledotcom that ‘tattoos are back and that the coolest style to have is a stick and poke’. Just like the name suggests it, the stick and poke type of tattoos are the traditional type of inking, the basic, manual inking with a needle and ink. No motor-operated machinery, no multi-needle needed, just ordinary ink and ordinary thread & needle! (for a clearer picture of this ‘technique’ this video should suffice).
So what we have here is one of those DIYs that’s becoming viral and the world’s teens and tweens empty the shelves of black ink and not to practice the art of calligraphy but to permanently insert ink under their skin. Famous models were cited as initiating this wave of glamorous tattoo technique which is largely practiced in prisons, in army camps and other places far, far away from the runway!
To sum up the pros of the stick and poke: model like tattoos, diy tattoos at home, without anybody knowing and or approving (aka parents), being part of a viral trend. Cons? Tattoos are permanent. There’s no way you can take back that ‘hate’ sign or whatever name you were ecstatically inked on your skin! Years from now, there’s a high probability that regardless of how ‘artsy’ or ‘hipster’ your tattoo is, you’ll still want it out! And that’s just the aesthetic side of the cons, without taking into consideration the health hazard (non-sterile or poorly sterilized needles can cause serious infections, especially for those who stick&poke in secret).
See also: Fabulous Feminine tattoos ideas!
Be careful! Not everything you read about in the press, regardless of how high profile it may be, deserves to be followed brainlessly! (Vogue, Style, as you’ve seen above, can easily disperse crazy ideas under pompous titles such as ‘trends’ or ‘the new it’, think it through, do your research and go for the littlest harm! Trend that needs to go away: over-glamorizing the stick and poke tattoos!