It has also made me think about what we expect from our children nowadays, in a world with technology never more than an arm reach away, and access and exposure to really different spheres of influence. My sphere of influence centred on the small square of roads around my house. Fashion and beauty were restricted to the television which was only ever on in one room with the programme dictated by my parents.
The first I ever became aware of fashion and my appearance was when the first series of Friends aired and I desperately wanted to look like Rachel (of course). I asked the hairdresser down the road to cut my hair in “that” style and I literally would have given the scarecrows a fright at the result she created! I was 13 or 14, and it was probably a natural time to become interested in style.
Fast forward to 2019 and children as young as 2 are being influenced by fashion, style and constant streams of “should, would, could” when it comes to appearance. It would be easy to demonise this; to rip apart the media and the parents of those kids who are allowing their children to be influenced – however I think there is a different way to think about it.