Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Social Media and the Myth of Perfection

This week, Lauren M. of Wearing History posted an article on Social Media and the Myth of Perfection which considers the real life behind the images that you see on our blogs. The fact that we dress up and take beautiful images hides the messy reality that makes up our lives. She challenged us to post what was really going on behind our pictures.

Freezing cold. I wore my Margaery costume to be part of a Game of Thrones group. Said costume was made to be worn in Brisbane Summer not a wet Sydney Winter. 

About 2 seconds after this photo I had to get changed for fear of passing out. My vision was blacking out and I had started to sway. 

Sweltering hot. Late November in Brisbane. I thought the costume wouldn't be too hot because my arms and legs would not be covered. I didn't take into account that I would be wearing dance tights and my entire head and neck would be covered. Not to mention the layer of makeup that kept wanting to drip off my face. 

Dealing with mass amounts of stress - university subjects that had me frustrated, irritated and dealing with incompetent and lazy children. 

My costume didn't fit. The stress of uni meant that I have put on too much weight and could not get into my costume. 

The worst that a "friend" has ever made me feel. Would not even acknowledge my presence, would not speak to me, would not make eye contact and made me feel like I was the worst person in the world, not to mention turning my other friends against me. Not long after this photo was taken I drove home in tears and in the next few weeks left the costumers guild for over a year. 

After lunch I had to head back to my car to lay down before I passed out. Spent a few hours in a cold sweat and vomiting up my food. Had to remove my corset to be able to function which is why this costume looks a little odd and I look incredibly pale.


  1. Thanks for being so honest! Until now I have never had illnesses when out costumed, but I do tend to stay at home if I don't feel well. But I've had my share of illfitting corsets and wigs or heads inducing headache as they were too heavy or warm...

    1. It really sucks being sick when you are out and wearing a corset to boot. The real kicker is when you feel fine to begin with but suddenly get hit with it.