Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Being The Underdog Is The Advantage?

Introvert.

Perfectionist.

Type A.

I thought of at least 5 fashion bloggers who have talked about being at least one of those things just as I was typing the words. It's almost as if the ideal characteristics of a successful fashion blogger are #1 be an introvert, #2 be a perfectionist, and #3 have a Type A personality. Who needs a DSLR or custom domain name when you have those character traits?!

I have heard those three words from fashion bloggers so many times and frankly I'm tired of it. Article and interview after article and interview talks about how great introverts are, how so many well known and successful people are really introverts, how being an introvert is really the best thing that could have happened to you for your career, and blah blah blah blah blah.

And how many people do you know that don't identify as a perfectionist? It seems like everyone and their mother is "obsessed" with getting everything perfectly right every time and hates any and every time they make a mistake and can't fix it. Essentially they're calling themselves control freaks. Obsessive control freaks.

Are you a Type A person? I'm definitely not and I am proud of that. I have yet to read a book/blog/article or see an interview/character/TV personality that opening identifies as a Type B personalty, but you better believe I know enough Type As to count on my hands and feet... Twice. What does Type A even mean??
"Type A" individuals as ambitious, rigidly organized, highly status-conscious, sensitive, impatient, take on more than they can handle, want other people to get to the point, anxious, proactive, and concerned with time management. People with Type A personalities are often high-achieving "workaholics" who multi-task, push themselves with deadlines, and hate both delays and ambivalence."

"Highly status-conscious." "Impatient." "Takes on more than they can handle." "Anxious." These aren't necessarily character traits that I would think of when it comes to what I want to be, but being Type A is quickly becoming a coveted characteristic.

Of course I don't have a problem with introverts. perfectionists, or Type A people. There are great people that fit into each of those categories and I wouldn't want those people to be anything different. But the fashion industry and especially the blogging community seems to indirectly bash the extroverts, non-perfectionists, and Type B way of life when it talks about how incredibly advantageous introverts, perfectionists, and Type A personalities are. Both sides of the spectrum have a foothold in fashion and that's because of hard work, persistence, and a love for what they do. Those are the character traits that really define a person in his or her fashion career. I just wish more bloggers and other fashion industry personnel would come out and say that they're chaotic and like to go out and have fun and don't stress about everything that went wrong throughout the day and aren't always a nervous wreck. It would definitely be a welcome change to say the least.