I guess I should introduce myself to begin with, my name is Alanah and I’m an active Lolita from the Sydney Lolita community and I would like you to consider my following letter.
Thank you in advance.
I recently bought your magazine and was flicking through and to my surprise there was an article about Venus Angelic under “Reality Reads”.
Venus and her internet fame has risen because of her mother pressuring her to continuously upload youtube videos that let her live vicariously through her daughter. There is a lot that goes on behind doors. It’s gotten to the point that the mother has even threatened and harassed other “net idols” under anonymous names and accounts. Now, I’m not here to bitch and whine and try to say that your article is blasphemy, because I’m very happy that she’s gotten that far. I personally think it’s lovely that she is able to achieve something out of what she is doing - but my main point that I would like to get across is that she’s trying to shame and put down anybody who calls themselves a “Lolita” because it’s “copying her” or is “disgraceful to her name”.
The article explains that she has a “unique dolly look” which she claims she has achieved on her own without outside influences - and I regret to inform you that this statement and article not only upsets me, but upsets a whole community of girls who have been doing this for decades. The fashion subculture in which Venus and her mother draw influences from is called “Lolita”, or “Elegant Gothic Lolita” and it comes from Japan. Venus refuses to be associated with this fashion because it’s impeding on her “dollita” fashion. The Lolita fashion itself has historical significance, and it set it’s grounds in the Harajuku area with girls adapting to and embracing the fashion. There are fashion magazines like the “Gothic Lolita Bible” and street snap magazines that showcase the fashion not only to Japan, but to girls around the world. A lot of girls from other countries have now picked up on and in turn adapted themselves to this particular fashion style. There is actually a huge Australian community who indulge themselves in this fashion (Including over 100 of us in Sydney alone) who like myself, turned Lolita into a lifestyle and everyday occurrence.
Mainly Lolita fashion draws its influences from French Rococo fashion, but it’s evolved over time and now there are many different styles and ways to wear it. These ways are split into groups such as Sweet, Gothic and Classic for example. I have been a lolita for three years ongoing now, but have been following the fashion for around five years upon stumbling across it along my internet travels. It’s not the cheapest hobby in the world with dresses and coordinates ranging anywhere between $100 - $1000 depending on the brand and popularity of the dress. All of us girls pride ourselves on our fashion and achievements and it’s horribly degrading to read something like this article which disrespects everything we love.
Personally, I run a lolita blog based around me and my experiences with the fashion. I include photographs of myself, of my purchases, of my friends and the things I do, as well as reviews and tips for girls who are either starting out with Lolita fashion or who general advice. My blog has high traffic and it’s lovely to see people appreciating what I love - and in turn discovering and becoming a part of the community that we have going here. My blog url is http://milkyfawn.blogspot.com.au/if you are interested to have a read.
I also have other social networking devices which can be found via my blog.
There is an upcoming documentary about our subculture that will be shown in the near future (as well as documentaries on youtube), and I would love for you to view it. I feel it would clear up speculations and misinterpretations that surround Lolita. Us girls also regulate and volunteer at things such as Supanova, SMASH! and Animania which are Japanese, Lolita and Cosplay based events.
Please reply back if you would like more information on anything, I am also happy to email or chat to you if you’re interested.
If you would like to read further about Lolita there is a wiki article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolita_fashion
I must concur with this. I am also a part of the Sydney lolita community. We’re all a big family and we all look after each other and I think this message relays some of the emotions I feel towards this article. I agree wholeheartedly and the last thing I’d want is to see the reputation of our community suffer; especially when this girl is clearly assigning sexual connotations to a fashion she is clearly a participant of (despite her frivolous denial of it).
I could go on and on about how the fact that I wear frilly dresses does not and should not strip me of my right as a sexual being (because in Venus’ eyes I am a “slut”) but unfortunately, I must digress. I do not have anything against this girl but the last thing I would like to experience walking down the street are these negative thoughts or comments by people who have been influenced by this girl and her mother’s derogatory words against our lifestyle. I understand the article has not necessarily relayed these connotations, however, its subject has. And because of the popularity of Dolly Magazine, I feel that the more “mainstream” Australian community now have a limited amount of information available to them, disallowing them to make an accurate judgement of lolitas, who we are, what we do and our values.
Furthermore, I’d like to express my dissatisfaction of the glorification of Venus’ character and her ignorant and offensive views and I would like to hope journalists who leap at the opportunity to write about something seemingly new, unique and exciting (for lack of prior knowledge), would do a little background research before putting a girl - whom only recently joined a fashion subculture that is over 40 years old - on a pedestal.
I hope Alanah’s letter gets the recognition it deserves.
1 year ago : Wednesday Jun 6 2012 @ 08:42pm
tagged as: dolly magazine. venus angelic.
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