Thursday, March 12, 2009

The World is Watching

I had a bit of an epiphany this morning. I was watching a new reality show called Running in Heels on the Style Network (aka: the total guilty pleasure channel). It follows the lives of 3 interns for Marie Claire Magazine...its basically a real-life Devil Wears Prada. On this episode, the editor-in-chief, Joanna, and a team of editors go to Europe fashion week, and the 3 interns are given a "major" assignment to each pick a new fashion trend and design a spread. They spend 5 days at each other's throats, stressing over this spread, and ultimately, fail miserably at the assignment.

The show featured one intern breaking into tears over the fact that she couldn't fit into a jumpsuit she was using in her spread. Her photographer comforted her, saying that the jumpsuit is a sample from the designer and samples are always ridiculously tiny (agreed, but come on...tears?)

Also shown was Joanna and her stylist packing for Europe. They had a printed out schedule of her wardrobe (and when she would have a wardrobe change) because apparently, over the course of a day she has to change at least 4 times and that means about 30 different outfits in one week. She turns to her stylist and says something like, "thank you for doing all this, I just don't know what I would do without you." And her stylist replies with something like "oh of course, I don't know how anyone would do this without help"

I love fashion, ok, I reaaaally do...but at this point, I'm kind of rolling my eyes at the craziness this world expects. And then, the show plays a clip of music by Francesca Battistelli....a christian musician. Of course, they pick certain phrases to actually play, but the chorus of the song says "It’s your life, What you gonna do? The world is watching you, Every day the choices you make, Say what you are and who Your heart beats for, It’s an open door. It’s your life."

So yesterday was Global Food Crisis Day, and all day long, K Love was raising money for Compassion International, an organization that works to feed the hungry. 1/3 of the world doesn't get enough to eat, and for $156, they can feed a child for an entire year. 

Donating last night, and then waking up in the morning and watching Running in Heels was a little strange. I guarantee that $156 wouldn't pay for one pair of Joanna's shoes for one of her 30 outfits. It makes me sad to think that the world IS watching, a hungry world is watching, and what do they look at us and see? 


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