By: Samantha Lane
When most people think of Italian fashion their mind goes straight to the well-known fashion capital of Milan. The city with all the celebrity fashion weeks and showcases. In reality, Milan was not always the fashion capital of Italy, it actually all started in the beautiful renaissance city of Florence. I have been lucky enough this semester to actually study abroad in such a historical place. Being immersed in the Florentine culture you can really get a sense of the fashion history here. Florence was actually the place where the first ever fashion show was held, hosted by Giovani Batista Giorgini in his huge palace. The show was held in the famous Sala Bianca, ‘white room’ which has rows of beautiful chandeliers and gorgeous detailing on the walls. The palace is now a part of fashion history and if you receive a chance to visit Florence you can go in the palace, see the Sala Bianca which held the first fashion show and also see an entire fashion exhibit which changes every 6 months and trust me, it is worth it. This first fashion show was really when the “Made in Italy” phenomenon was born back in 1951.
Many Italian fashion brands either began in Florence or decided to move themselves to Florence for its never ending inspiration and resources. Some of these brands include Pucci, Gucci, Ferragamo and many more who are connected to Florence in some way. Emilio Pucci first started the term “casual elegance” in Florence which spread out worldwide. Guccio Gucci designed in Florence the famous double G that we now all think of when we think of the brand. Salvatore Ferragamo, the shoemaker of the stars, actually has his headquarters still located in Florence where it all began. So Florence has really been able to shape these Italian brands and create many prestigious companies. The reason for this because when you are in the city of Florence, you can actually feel the heritage. Florence still has its renaissance background wherever you look and this helps Italian fashion brands remember where they came from so they can keep the heritage in their designs. Even some of the street signs still are represented by textiles like Via Calimala which means fine wool, and Corso dei Tintori which is dyers avenue. As I walk around the city everyday I notice the high quality products that Italy has to offer, whether it’s the big fashion brands, the many vintage stores, or just walking through the famous leather street markets; there is quality everywhere.
Florence also has some of the best craftsmen and artisans in the entire world. The work they do is so specific and takes years to master. This is really what gives the importance of the “Made in Italy” label because you know if you see that, the product is of high quality and someone took a lot of time and patience to produce it with care. I got to spend the day with a craftsman who produces decorative metal detailing for Cartier and Dior, which he has been doing since the young age of 8. Florence is also the main home of the most high quality leather goods which is so lucrative because leather will never go out of style. They are able to make anything from handbags, to shoes, to jackets. A lot of French fashion brands will outsource factories to the Tuscany area just so they can get their hands on these types of materials along with the best craftsmen to make their product.
Without the help of Florentine fashion we would not have such beautiful creations in our industry today. Back in the day these heritage filled creations were worn by the biggest stars during the time including, Marilyn Monroe, Jacki Kennedy, and even The Beatles. Today, even though the capital of fashion has moved to Milan, many of its roots still lie in Florence. If you ever get a chance to visit Florence, it will not disappoint, this city has changed my outlook on fashion as a whole. Its influence will continue to be seen in future designs because we all know to move forward with creativity you must always remember where you first started.
Hosted by MTV, The Video Music Awards has been the place of incredible attire (cue Lady Gaga circa 2008,) blow ups on stage (remember Kanye?) and controversial performances-- that's why we love it, right? This year, from remembering Aretha Franklin, to bringing back old jams like Panic! At The Disco, fans were more focused on the guest list. From who was there and why, to who wasn't and where they were instead. This morning while scrolling through Nylon I came across their article, "The VMAs are Dead" which has me wondering, are they?
The short answer is absolutely not, there would certainly be something missing for our world of pop culture and music industry without it. Though the guest list was short of the stars we are most excited to see, many had valid reasons for not appearing. Demi Lovato is still in recovery, after being hospitalized for two weeks, she was then checked into a rehab facility, a more than appropriate excuse to miss the VMAs but some are saying other stars didn't have reasons they found acceptable. Check out THIS article from E! News to see why your favorite stars missed the event.
As for the sound and mic discrepancies, yes, those should have been avoided, but mistakes and accidents do happen and with such a large amount of busy regulars unable to attend this year, MTV did what they could with the performances. With the VMAs being an annual event, the PR and marketing team will have to step it up next year to make up for what some are calling the worst one yet.
Are you conviced the VMAs cannot come back from this years show?
The cover we were waiting for is finally here. With Beyonce leading the direction of Vogue's September cover, the media, fashionistas and industry professionals were eager to explore the issue upon it's release. Well, it's finally here and it is as organic, lively and historic as we were all hoping for.
Perhaps the most conflict when shooting the images in B's cover spread came when the photographer's name was leaked to the press. Tyler Mitchell, not the publics first choice, was the first African American to shoot a cover for Vogue, ever and is also one of the youngest, at just 23 years old. When looking at Michelle's previously shot photographs, viewers are able to see that his style is natural, powerful and sensitive, choosing to photograph other African Americans. The delicacy and intimacy of these pictures in the Vogue September cover spread reflect just that.
In an article published on Vogue, Beyonce breaks the shoot down into what she wanted it to represent and how she wanted to discuss topics like pregnancy and body image, in this shoot. She states, "I am accepting of who I am. I will continue to explore every inch of my soul and every part of my artistry." Shooting for Vogues cover was the opportunity to discuss other topics deeply important to her like, legacy, freedom, ancestry and the opening of new doors in her career and life as a mother.
Beyonce says, "I’m in a place of gratitude right now... I want to learn more, teach more, and live in full.
I’ve worked long and hard to be able to get to a place where I can choose to surround myself with what fulfills and inspires me." I think this cover reflects this so well.
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Many Hollywood stars have marked their place in our nation's history through the Los Angelos monument, The Walk of Fame. Hosting close to 2,500 stars, the walk commemorates those who have gifted the entertainment industry since the idea of the monument was volunteered in 1953. Though not famous for his work in music or movies like other star-holders, President Trump was awarded to him in 2007 for his work on the Miss Universe Pageant. Though the Hollywood Star placed to honor Donald Trump is no a stranger to vandalism, the occasional sledgehammer or pickax, there have been talks of having the star completely removed. The West Hollywood City Council has urged Los Angels City Council and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove the star after an unanimous vote earlier this week.
Though voted out, it is hard to say whether the star will actually be removed. “The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark. Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk,” said Leron Gubler, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and CEO.
Council members John D’Amico and Lindsey Horvath released a statement describing why the vote to remove the star was approved, declaring it is because of POTUS's because of his “disturbing treatment of women and other actions that do not meet the shared values of the City of West Hollywood, the region, state, and country.”
Though approved by the West Hollywood City Council, because the Walk of Fame is located in Los Angelos, the LA City Council will have the last say.
What do you think? Should we remove our POTUS's star? Or should we keep it in place to honor the tradition of those that have been recognized for their work before Trump? Leave a comment down below!
In the past few months, beauty and skincare brand, Glossier, has expanded from the United States, into Ireland, Sweden, Denmark and will be making a debut into France this October. Slated to enter Germany by 2019, the four-year-old brand has expanded internationally in just four years. Four years is a very short time to have created a flourishing national customer base let alone an international one. So how is it that Glossier has been able to expand exponentially? Give a big thanks to social media, Instagram is at it again.
Influencer-brand relations are some of the most important in today's marketing strategies. Fun fact about me, this is actually what helped me find my way into my career of public relations. Because nearly everyone is on social media, brands have adapted a marketing strategy that is more honest, real and connecting via social media platforms. When real people are hearing honest opinions about products it can mean a lot to business prospects. Business of Fashion recently reported, "The company has raised over $86 million to date. Glossier’s most engaged consumers have become powerful ambassadors. Some are unpaid, while more than 500 “reps” are rewarded with cash and shopping credits. The word-of-mouth strategy has helped keep promotion costs down when entering new territories."
These ambassadors range from micro-influencers with just 1,500 followers to established influencers with millions of followers. The reason smaller followings are still important is because even if that influencer only has a thousand plus followers, that is a thousand plus people hearing an honest opinion, and these smaller accounts usually have a very trusting relationship with their followers. Glossier's marketing team has developed a large trusting fan base by incorporating social media users to feel like they are a part of developing and growing the brand, and it is definitely working.
With pop-up shops in the UK and Canada generating large incomes for the brand, their eagerness to expand into these countries continues to grow. The new challenges Glossier will face when trying to be a completely international brand include the language, shipping preferences and e-commerce penetration, that are similar to those in the United States. Where as pharmacies and convenient stores are the go-to stop shop for beauty products in France, in the United States we have developed entire brands like Sephora and Ulta to supply us our beauty needs. Though Glossier may face some new obstacles for such a new company, we have a feeling they are going to be just fine.
This past Tuesday, July 24th, news spread of singer Demi Lovato being rushed to the hospital due to apparent drug overdose. Sources were quick to assume that her hospitalization was due to heroin overdose. Demi’s close family and friends immediately shot down these accusations and rumors, confirming them to be false. Fans from all corners of the country were heartbroken and were sending tremendous amounts of love her way. Individuals such as Ellen, Brad Paisley, Kesha, Bruno Mars and of course, the Jonas Brothers showed their love and support via social media.
Demi Lovato has made her struggles with bullying, drugs, eating disorders, and bipolar disorder known, and uses it as a foundation when writing music and forming relationships with her fans. In a recent 2017 documentary titled “Simply Complicated” on YouTube Red, Demi opens up about the ups and downs she has faced throughout her life. Demi’s career kick-started when she got the part as a main character on the Disney movie, Camp Rock, and snowballed into a career leading to not only her own Disney show, but producing her own music as well. Being thrown into the spotlight so quickly had detrimental effects on her health both physically and mentally. Any fan of Demi knows that she took a break from the spotlight for a while, because of the addictions, eating disorders, and poor mental health problems that she was dealing with. At the young age of 19-years-old, Demi had started rehab.
.Fast forward 6 years, Demi Lovato is doing anything but dwelling on the past. She has become the best version of herself, being a huge advocate for mental health, and an even bigger advocate for confidence, which she based her 2015 album, Confident, off of. But this year, Demi released a new song titled Sober, in which she admits to not being sober anymore, breaking her six-years-sober. Demi has made her music personal on many levels, and this song was just as powerful as the rest, if not more so. In the song she apologizes to her mom and dad, her friends, her fans, and even herself. At the end of the song Demi sings,
“I’m sorry that I’m here again
I promise I’ll get help.
It wasn’t my intention
I’m sorry to myself.”
This song is raw and beautiful, and is a look inside of Demi’s life behind closed doors. It is definitely a song to listen to, if you haven’t heard it already. After hearing the news of Demi being rushed to the hospital, I was heartbroken, and I immediately started thinking about when I saw her in concert in 2013 for her Demi tour. It was my first general admission concert, and was probably my favorite one that I have been to by far. Her fans are so important to her, and I could tell during the concert. Multiple times Demi would talk to the audience like we were her friends, and had even stopped singing her cover of Rihanna’s Stay to ask a security guard to get one of her fans a tissue, since she was crying. Demi Lovato has a heart of gold, and has been through more struggles in the last 25 years that people go through in a lifetime.
Taking a trip to your local thrift store to find a vintage pair of high-waisted jeans to cut into shorts is nothing new, and is a fad that has been popular amongst our generation for years. It is a style that has grown so much that it is now seen in stores like Urban Outfitters and Forever 21, but from my perspective, buying “vintage” clothing from a huge retail store is defeating the whole purpose behind it. In my opinion, buying vintage clothes from a store that has twenty of that same shirt in their back room does not count as purchasing vintage clothing. The beauty behind buying second-hand is that not only are you buying something original, but you are also saving the planet. Purchasing jeans from a Goodwill rather than Urban Outfitters not only saves you money, but also allows you to take a step towards saving the planet, that goes a little further than throwing an empty water bottle into a recycling bin.
Last summer, I discovered my love of thrift shopping, being able to pick up and a shirt or pair of jeans and bringing it home to either cut it up, distress it, or wear just the way I bought it. I loved it so much, not only because the clothes were inexpensive, but because I could find articles of clothing that I knew no one else would have, and I would have the opportunity to make them unique to my individual style. This past year I actually made an Instagram account selling vintage clothes that I found at local thrift stores both in Tallahassee and my home-town of Jacksonville, because I wanted to share what I was able to find with other people. On my account, named TLHvintage, I would post pictures of my washed, cut, and distressed vintage clothing. Rather than posting a picture of just the article of clothing, I would make sure to model my clothing in ways that showed my followers how the clothes could be worn. Often times I would make outfits solely out of my thrifted clothing, to show that it isn’t too difficult to make an outfit out of them.
So next time you open your laptop to online shop during class, check out Instagram first, where you can practically have the good finds from the thrift store shipped right to your apartment. Other Instagram accounts that I follow to find and buy vintage clothing include:
@TLHVintage (self promo?)
At the beginning of 2018 in January, news about the USA Gymnastics Team spread like wildfire throughout the nation. Women gymnasts, including Olympic Gold Medalist, Aly Raisman, started to speak out against their former doctor, Larry Nassar, on accounts of sexual abuse. It was brought to the world’s attention that the sexual abuse within this community started 30 years ago. For the past few decades, no one had listened or taken the worries of the women to heart, taking the stories of sexual abuse these girls encountered and sweeping them under the rug. It was not until this past year that the stories that these women were telling would be heard and taken to heart, prompting immediate action. With each passing month, police dug deeper into the hardships these women went through because of their abuser, and with each story the voice of the women grew stronger.
On July 18th, at the 2018 ESPY Awards, the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage was awarded to over 300 women survivors of sexual abuse from their former USA Gymnastics doctor. Over 100 women joined hands on stage to tearfully accept the award. In true Aly Raisman fashion, she gave an empowering speech, reminding her audience, “Do not let anyone rewrite your story. Your truth does matter, you matter, and you are not alone.” Aly also gave ode to Judge Aquilina, the judge who during Larry Nassar’s trial, gave every single woman that he hurt to stand up and share with the court their own heart-wrenching stories of abuse.
Aly was accompanied by fellow gymnasts Sarah Klein and Tiffany Thomas, each giving their own words of encouragement. Sarah Klein, one of the first women survivors from 30 years ago, stated that the women on stage with her were a “portrait of survival and a new vision of courage,” and she could not have painted a better picture in our heads. These women have gone through something that they will have to live with for the rest of their lives, each day being a struggle of its own. But as Aly Raisman stated, these women “struggled on their own, but will survive together”.
In moments like these, it is a constant reminder that women who have, or are, suffering from sexual abuse are not alone. It is an issue that happens far too often, and is not even close to being talked about enough. Hundreds of women were able to have their voices heard, after years of trying, but it shouldn’t take over 300 voices to make something so cruel to be vocalized. As Tiffany Thomas Lopez said in her speech, “you cannot silence the strong forever.”
Fashion buffs all know there are four fashion capitals in the world, New York, London, Milan, and Paris. So what if there was a fifth one coming? What we have been seeing lately is that there has been a serious rise in Mexico fashion recently that is shaking up the industry.
Since this has been on the rise lately and now that it has hit the radar; people believe it is going to be huge. Just in this past year Mexican designers have been getting the recognition that they need to emerge. Styles such as Mexican street style and Mexican boho influence have been circling in the market of US stores. Apart from other types of fashion lines, people believe Mexican style is unique because it reveals people’s personalities through the Mexican style they wish to wear.
Paola Quintero, a fashion coordinator at Elle Mexico explained that, “the mindset is changing,” Mexican designers are now setting new trends in New York and Paris. Even fashion week is showcasing Mexican creations.
Opening our fashion eye to different styles is always amazing, but Mexican designs rising so quickly has lead to controversy. As far as the Trump election, there has been argument that the only reason people are now supporting Mexican designs is because of the immigrant laws now implemented by Trump. It has been all over the news which already put Mexico in the spotlight. Suzzan Atala, a well-known Mexican designer, made the comment saying, “I know it sounds bad, but maybe it was a good thing. It’s going to make people realize how good it is to be united.” There is no doubt that the support for Mexico has risen because of this immigrant issue, but on the fashion end we question if this rise would have happened without all of the politics leading to it.
What is the real reason for this sudden Mexican fashion emerge, should we be prepared for the controversy that comes with it? What do you think?
“Magic” by Ben Rector
Ben Rector never fails to produce music that reflects true heart-felt emotions that always tend to pull at my heart-strings. His songs always make me take a step back, and look at my lifestyle from a different and more simplistic point of view. This album is no different than the rest, including soulful melodies and upbeat lyrics in each of his songs.
“ye” by Kanye West
Whether you’re a Kanye fan or not, it’s been nearly impossible not to have heard of his new album. With new sounds and vocals that bring you back to his older albums while still giving off a new flare, it’s hard not to find yourself playing the songs on repeat.
My favorite songs from his album include Ghost Town and Violent Crimes.
“God’s Favorite Customer” by Father John Misty
I have been a huge Father John Misty fan ever since I first listened to Chateau Lobby #4. His lyrics are different than a lot of other artists that I listen to, which I like, because it’s refreshing to hear songs with lyrics that sound more poetic than redundant. He has recently come out with a new album, which stays true to his original sound and wit that make him stand out from the rest. His smooth rock voice, catchy instrumentals and heart-felt ballads make this an album and artist to listen to if you’re looking to venture out.
The songs from this album I’m listening to the most are Mr. Tillman and Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All
“Come Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews Band
It has been four long years since Dave Matthews Band’s last album, Under the Table and Dreaming, and this new album makes up for it and came out just in time for summer. I have been listening to their first song release before the full album, Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin), constantly for the past couple of weeks and I was thrilled to see that this album stayed true to that Dave Matthews sound that we all have come to know and love. This is the perfect album to play at your backyard pool party or while riding with the windows down in the car (if the temperature doesn’t hit over 90 degrees, of course).
That Girl Is You, Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin), and Idea Of You have come to be my favorite songs from this album.
- Madi Scultz
In the midst of the push for inclusivity in fashion and more readily available clothing in plus sizes, the different ways in which clothing might fit people with disabilities have not been addressed as often. ASOS, the popular British online retailer already known for their reasonable prices and diversity without tokenism in model representation, has taken steps in the right direction with a collaboration with Chloe Ball-Hopkins. Ball-Hopkins, who is a sports reporter, athlete, and British Paralympic hopeful, happened to be born without hips and with her feet twisted toward her shins.
After going to the Splendour Festival and getting soaked with rain, Ball-Hopkins decided to design a waterproof set that is both practical and fashionable for festival season. Despite being a one-piece jumpsuit, the top and bottom separate with a zipper so that the pieces can be worn separately and are also easier to put on and take off. The jacket has a waterproof pocket on the breast that can be used to hold a phone, medication, or emergency information. The pants have elastic at the ankles to accommodate people with varying heights and make it easier to put rain boots on.
While shopping in-store can be difficult to maneuver in a wheelchair, it can be challenging to shop online when the representation is not there. Besides the details in the garment itself, the fact that Ball-Hopkins modeled for the site in a normal setting without focus on her disability made a huge impact. The photos emphasize that anyone can wear the set, and with simple changes that can make all the difference for someone in a wheelchair and also make life easier for able-bodied people, more of this is something we can all get behind.
Summer is the season in our lives where we can work on ourselves, both physically and mentally. Yoga is something I have enjoyed practicing throughout my summers at home. Between work and my summer classes, I am always looking for something to give me more stability in my life during my free time.
I believe that it is so important to take care of not only your physical health, but your mental health as well. Ayurveda, a practice that goes hand-and-hand with yoga, is used to promote your physical and mental state by positively affecting your mind, body, and spirit. The word “ayurveda” stems from the meanings life (ayur) and knowledge (veda), and is based off of the idea that no two people are the same, each one of us being one-of-a-kind, with an energy that is specific to the individual and no one else.
Ayurveda stresses the importance of your energy, or dosha, which can be categorized in three different ways. The dosha known as kapha, symbolizing earth and water, is found mostly in individuals with good memory, slower digestion, and who tend to be more emotionally stable. The dosha pitta, symbolizing fire, is used to categorize energies that are passionate, both mentally and physically flexible, and are dominant in most of their personal relationships. Lastly, individuals with the dosha vatas, symbolizing air and space, are thought of to have more active thoughts and be more spacey.
The most interesting aspect of Ayurveda to me is that all three doshas are found in each of us, but the dosha that is dominant can affect our characteristics and features such as our body shape, food preferences, and emotions. When all three are balanced, we can find ourselves in a happy and healthy state, but when the doshas are not balanced, it can lead to poor digestion, skin issues, and anxiety. Practicing Ayurveda can help balance these changing doshas, to keep you on track to living a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Some daily tasks that you can do to promote more balanced emotional and physical states are:
In trying to compete with Snapchat, Instagram introduced "stories," for users to share content on their accounts for 24 hours at a time. Now with the latest advancement in social media, Instagram is introducing Instagram TV. When you first open up the app you will see an entirely new layout. In the top right-hand corner, you will see an orange TV icon, your first step to Instagram television. Instagram designed this feature with every detail in mind. As you first click the app you will see static just like a real television!
There are different categories that organize which videos you watch. The categories include suggested videos based on your likes and accounts you follow. There also is a popular section, which shows the most popular Instagram videos at the moment, like Kim Kardashians' Beauty Pop Up shop, or glimpse into Selena Gomez’s new twisted video “a love story.” There is also a "continue watching tab" so you can go to recent videos you may not have had the time to finish watching at that moment.
Instagram TV also has channels like on television but instead of being hosted by networks they are hosted by Instagram account holders. The best part is that everyone has the opportunity to create his or her own TV channel. You can simply make videos through the app or on the web. You now can create an entire channel in a matter of minutes!
Instagram TV allows you to share your favorite videos with friends by sending it through DM’s or voice your opinion to the world by commenting and liking.
With this new platform we see how social media is changing and the massive transformation Instagram has undergone over the years. We are excited to see what is next for the innovative company, maybe exclusive Instagram shows?
Time will tell but for now, we will sit back, relax and enjoy Instagram TV.
Virgil Abloh, the Ghanaian-American designer best known for his label Off-White and a collaboration with Nike, just made history as Louis Vuitton’s newest menswear artistic director. As the first person of African descent to lead this segment of the brand, Abloh is among very few of the African American designers at the head of major French fashion houses. With the rainbow-ombré catwalk surrounded by celebrities and local students, his first collection with the brand debuted in the Palais-Royal during Paris Fashion Week, and it was iconic for so many reasons.
Redefining streetwear has been Abloh’s mission since he began Off-White, and it seems that this ideology will carry into the Louis Vuitton position. He cited a desire to merge streetwear, which he thought often looked cheap, and high fashion. The current athleisure movement and the increasing demand for stylish and comfortable clothing helped push Off-White to mega-success. As LV moves in this direction, with space-like sneakers and duffel-inspired handbags, Abloh’s expertise will make a significant impact on the label.
The show and collection were inspired by the “Color Theory,” or the fragmentation of white light through a prism that creates all colors. This idea was interpreted literally by the gradient of rainbow colors that created the catwalk and the progression of all-white outfits to bright pops of color. However, Abloh’s incredibly diverse casting also held meaning in the way that LV will operate moving forward.
At the end of the runway, Abloh and Kanye West joined in an emotional embrace, signifying how far they have each come in their own careers. Abloh and West first met in 2009 at an internship with Fendi and continued the relationship as West tapped Abloh to be the creative director of his company DONDA. Abloh had previously discussed his childhood growing up in Chicago and walking past high-fashion stores on Michigan Avenue, longing for the out-of-reach clothing in the windows. West has also been outspoken about his past in Chicago. With both men sharing that history and the success that each has achieved, this moment was even sweeter.
With such powerful emotion and creativity behind the collection and Virgil Abloh’s influential presence at the helm of Louis Vuitton menswear, we can only expect bigger things in the future. What was your favorite moment of the fashion show? Comment below!
When most people think of Kat Von D, her eyeliner, liquid lipsticks, and contouring kits likely come to mind. What stands out about her is her vegan approach to makeup and her commitment to cruelty-free products-- and KVD has announced she will also be incorporating her vegan values into her pregnancy and parenting.
The anti-vaccination movement was pushed into mainstream media by Jenny McCarthy and her claim that vaccinations caused her son’s autism. Her research was based on the work by one researcher, Andrew Wakefield, who faked his results and ultimately lost his medical license due to his malpractice. The incorrect viewpoint that vaccinations should be avoided to prevent autism insinuates that such a person would rather endanger not only his or her own child’s life but also others’ lives with compromised immune systems than have a child with autism. Although Kat Von D’s stance is not based on autism but rather supposed exploitation by “the industry,” her claims of being well-researched are directly disputed by scientific fact.
According to the Instagram stories posted by her husband, Leafar Seyer, much of their position on vaccines came from the well-known pseudoscience anti-vaccination documentaries, Trace Amounts and Vaxxed. Vaccines were developed to eradicate serious diseases that are beginning to reappear, such as Syphilis and Polio, which can kill someone without developed immunity. Those who are pro-vaccine believe that not only does Kat Von D's decision to not vaccinate her child cause a compromise to her/his health, but it puts other people in danger of contracting diseases if they are not able to receive the vaccinations themselves. Many fans of Kat Von D beauty have been calling for a boycott of her products following this announcement. Her fans aren't the only one sharing their views on how she should treat her child's health; her father also expressed a negative reaction to her preference for a medication-free childbirth at home with a doula and a midwife.
How do you feel about Kat's decision to not vaccinate, and do you think the public should have an opinion of how she chooses to raise her child? Comment below!
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