As an avid Instagram user AND online shopper, I have stumbled across more than a few eye-catching brands from my extensive scrolling. What began to stand out to me was that so many of these companies had something to do with mental health — whether it be the words “your anxiety is lying to you!” across the back of a hoodie or a brand’s profits donated to mental health organizations.
I have deleted and redownloaded apps like Instagram and Twitter too many times to count. I have frequently heard friends and colleagues say they are “taking a break from social media.” Most people seem to understand why and what that means. But why is it normal, and why do we accept this without questioning it?
Then, it hit me. “Ally,” I stated as my turn came. I felt proud claiming the identifier “ally,” and I felt like I deserved to claim it. At least, to my Black and Mexican-American friends and to my gay sister, I was an ally, right?
Diet Prada (@diet_prada) is what Jonah Bromwich of The New York Times deems to be “an industry watchdog.” Fashion bloggers Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler, now in their fourth year …
Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler took Prada, and fashion itself, in a different direction. In 2014, Liu and Schuyler created Diet Prada, an instagram account of “ppl knocking each other off.” The account aims to expose designers for being copycats and expose the true feelings of designers, especially those who are anti-LGBTQ or racist.
Dior recently opened a pop-up café on the third-floor terrace of their women’s boutique in the heart of the Miami Design District. The Dior Café follows the tradition originally implemented by Christian Dior to intertwine entertainment, art and design.
Sure, 140 characters and a trending hashtag is one nice-looking sentiment, but is it saving lives? Is it outlining a plan for reform? Is it petitioning legislature? While good at creating a platform for awareness, social media must do more than that. And if it’s not, if the line stops where the tweet ends, then it’s not enough.