Right now, we’re going to have a conversation about Donald Trump. It seems like that’s all people can talk about these days, but it’s hard to avoid the massive, orange elephant in the room. After a particularly heated discussion with a strongly conservative individual on Twitter, I felt the need to make a few distinctions clear about my take on the Republican Presidential candidates and their supporters.
In the beginning of last year, as the upcoming election season approached, I came to the realization that I am most certainly a Democrat despite the fact that I still hold many conservative values that “hardcore” Liberals would scoff at me for possessing. Not only did I look deeply into my own political views during this time, but also those of my counterparts: Republicans. With Trump’s off-putting rhetoric taking full-form, touching on topics from building a wall, to mocking a disabled journalist, two very different groups of supporters have sprouted.
Everyone knows that social media has been the greatest innovation of civilization in the last half century. Nowadays it is impossible to avoid Twitter rants, Facebooks likes, YouTube vlogs, Instagram pictures, and more—the entire world is so connected by online interfaces that it has become unusually uncomfortable to be disconnected. Take a high school student and ask how the cell service is in their English classroom. Then ask what they learned last week. I can almost guarantee which answer will come faster.
I hate admitting to people that I model. Instantly, the impression that they may have of you in the short or long period of time that they’ve known you changes. They avoid your gaze, start looking at your face and body with the eyes of a critic, and suddenly believe that your IQ has gone down at least thirty points. Obviously, because my work requires me to look attractive, my brain is incapable of maintaining any sort of significance in conversation that is both intellectual and beyond the latest trending colors for skirts in the Fall of 2016. You get questions about your pay, your thoughts on your towering height, and of course, “Are you allowed to eat?” The above are all excerpts from conversations I’ve had with various people over the course of my years in the fashion industry.