Netflix is a blessing and a curse. Why do I say that? It allows you be anti-social and just binge on shows and snacks. And the only time you move is getting up to the pantry for more snacks. Tell me you haven’t done this.
Ugly Betty, stars America Ferrera as the Editor-in-Chief’s assistant with bushy brows and a big smile filled with braces. Anyway, I rather not go into full details of the show, but there was a particular scene that caught my attention that reveals a larger theme about myself and life.
Aside from the fact that Betty also wants to be a writer and to be published- story of my life, she also feels out of place in the industry she works in: fashion. The way she dresses, her short and full figure, her untamed hair and all these “flaws” that revolve around her physical image, which has nothing to do with her ability to perform her skills. She is constantly teased for her image and how awkward she can be at times.
There is always that sense of unwelcomeness and insecurity when working in certain industries. Fashion is a big one, based on personal experience. Remember how I mentioned how I was flirting with the idea of not wanting to continue to working the fashion industry? If you missed that post, click here.
Although we may embrace our differences, including our sense of style, a part of us want to feel welcomed as well. To have that safety net and comfort amongst a group of people.
Side-note: I told my roommates, that Betty Suarez is my is my Spirit Animal and you know what they said? “That is a very Californian thing to say.” Anyway -
Why am I crafting this? In the pursuit of my career, I am also trying to find “where I fit in”, as well as in New York. Where I can be myself, open to compromise my voice, but still produce creative and profound work.
Although I merely touched the surface in how I see myself in Betty, as I continue to finish up the series (I am on the very last episode just so you know), she and I are are genuinely on the same path.
She’s an inspiration of where I want to be. I know, I know, she’s a fictional character, but whatever. She’s kind of real – I am sure she depicts a real person in some shape or form. I strongly resonate with her character from not fitting in the industry to striving for success from a minority background. There are so many details I can describe, but that will do just do.
Starting to believe that any character associated with fashion publishing is living the life that I dream of – or the career I hope to obtain in the near future. Such as Jenna Rink from 13 Going on 30 and Andy Sachs from The Devil Wears Prada.
Closing up this entry with one final thought: I do belong in the fashion industry. As much as I try to deny, flirt with the idea that I do not belong, or my continuous questions and rants. Ultimately, I do want to continue to work in fashion.
Well, there you have it.
Thank you all for joining me today for this post and my ongoing reflections about myself, career and New York adventures. Really means a lot to me!
But… have you ever questioned yourself if you want to be working in the field you’re working in now? I’m not the only one, right? Do share, I’d love to read about it (:
Oh, and Happy Hump Day family & friends!
*Artwork by S.