By Carolina Benjumea Rúa
2017 has been a year of revolutions and nonconformity. It seems like this year people really opened up about injustice and raised their voice to protect their rights. We saw bad choices that brought people together against inequity. The world saw this year one of the biggest women’s movement of all times: the women’s march; that took place all over the world, where millions of women walked together to fight for the dreamed equality, and not only that; men, LGTBI and people all ages and races walked together to fight Trump’s new politics, supporting everyone who was damaged, hurt or disrispected by his comments. This year the world has proven to have a louder voice than ever, changing people’s attitude, tastes, behavior and also looks! and it seems like this movement has no plans of coming back.
As always, a really big change of mind in the world comes with a really big change of looks. It is known that the way you look makes you feel different and act different, that’s why fashion has always been a reflection of what society is going through. Society has managed to give rules of what an ideal of beauty is, and women have always been caught up in unrealistic stereotypes, that might characterize a few, but is not the reality of most women. That’s why nowadays fashion and looks became a way of disobedience; looking different is a rebelious action against what’s already stablished.
We have seen many movements that prove that women’s beauty can’t only be seen in one look, but in many different looks. Women are starting to accept their own beauty as a statement of strenght and power. And lately we have seen women’s hair go shorter and shorter, or even shaved at all, proving that feminity is not made by hair or a specific looks. According to the article “The Post-Trump Haircut”, posted in www.nymag.com, “women are expressing their anger and frustration, and taking a stand with their hair”. Hair has always been an important part of women’s life, to the point of saying that a change of hair is a change of life, so for women to cut their hair or change to a drastic color speaks a lot about the part that we are taking in society and the voice we are making for ourselves, there’s no need to hide anymore, because the world is our.
We saw in the last Met Gala celebrities going from goldielocks, to lobs and pixies and hard colors, or even afros. Making them look, not only different, but also stronger, powerful and really beautiful. These celebs are using their voice and important events are becoming their platform to help change the beauty stigma. In a world that taught us that feminity is having long hair, for these celebs to walk a red carpet rocking a short haircut, with a strong look, a beautiful gown, and still look as feminine as before, is a sign of a very needed change, is a sign that women have been awaken, and that we are a presence to be recognized. And the fact that the trend now are short haircuts and bold colors, validate this new revolution that comes from fashion, and validate women’s power.
In her last Instagram post, Cara Delevigne expresses what most women have been feeling for a really long time. The photo that has reached more than two million likes, and shows the celebrity with her new bald look, captions: “It’s exhausting to be told what beauty should look like. I am tired of society defining beauty for us. Strip away the clothes, wipe off the make up, cut off the hair. Remove all the material possesions. Who are we? How are we defining beauty? What do we see as beautiful?”. A strong statement that caught the reactions of millions of women around the world who shared Cara’s preocupation and applauded her voice.
So this is the idea, we don’t need to shave our heads or cut our hair to be strong and loud, but we can raise our voice against society’s defintion of beauty and join the revolution that many women started a long time ago and today we have the power to continue.