The Muse Closet: Muse 2012
What does it mean to have individual style? I’ve searched for this definition my entire life, my confidant Ricky C. had this to say, “It doesn’t matter what you look like when you’re born, fashion can be democratizing because you can develop and evolve your own style.” I find this to be true because as I’ve read and researched style development, the theme of evolution is consent. We may start one place but our end is our own choosing. When we arrive at this understanding, it is the moment when our true style becomes apparent. This is power of choice.
Fashion, at times, has been my only friend. When I was a child, I was ridiculed for my fashion obsession. In first grade, my teacher told me that my locker was not an extension of my closet, as I had multiply outfits stored in my locker—none of which were my gym clothes. I changed about three times per-day (I still do). In middle school I did try to “fit in,” but as I gained friends I lost confidence within myself. Not until high school did I understand how much clothes, fashion, and style were a part of me. A muse, to me, speaks truth from their heart because passion is only sustainable when it flows from your heart.
I started The Muse Closet to understand style beyond convention. What I have learned thus far is that style is not what you wear, but who you choose to be everyday—even when you’re faced with ridicule to be yourself. Individual style to me is to stand inside your skin and say, “here I am.” These are the qualities that I feel create a muse, so for 2012, I chose Chaz Bono as style inspiration. Chaz Bono is a 42-year-old man, born daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono, went through gender assignment surgery to become the person inside. With true power, heart, and bravery Chaz gave voice to those without. A muse is fearless and impactful beyond convention. His strength is what I wish to everyone for 2012—be fearless, confident and passionate. When you open your heart to yourself only good things can happen, even when faced with ridicule and despair. When you follow your truth, style is easy.
Dedicated to all my fashionable friends, see you in 2012
Special Thanks to Barry W. who suggested celebrity review. Not sure you had this in mind–surprise!!