An Open Letter To The Man Repeller

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This goes to you, Leandra.

You don’t know me but I know you. I’ve known you for a few years now and I’m pretty sure this relationship has reached its peak. Isn’t it nice we got to skip the “getting to know you” part and dived head first into the stalking? Yeah, I thought so too.

I was a little confused before I met you. There wasn’t a word to explain my unusual and ever-changing wardrobe status. “What the hell are you wearing?”, people would ask. How was I supposed to explain my need to wear a pair of cinderella gloves with a t-shirt and a tutu? Carrie Bradshaw did NOT prepare me for this.

Before you, the dark shadows of anxiety and the inconspicuous spots of hesitation flooded every inch of confidence I had, which sadly, was not very much to begin with. There was no authenticity to hang on to, no slight resemblance to justify the strangeness, and no influence to calm the nerves of inadequately trying to fit into the same audacious demeanors as the “cool” kids did. I tried desperately and endlessly to belong but such place was nowhere to be found. I felt as the old man once did as he waited, wearily, to find his fish until the day it finally came.

And for me, it was not until there was you. You shouted, you screamed, and you really gave it to us. You made the “uncool” acceptable, in fact you filled every corner and every aspect of it with sanguinity and whimsical self-confidence. You’ve torn down the great wall that so eminently protects the fashion industry.  You have manufactured a new sense to fashion, a death to personal style, and a triumphant finish to the arrogance and intimidation that walks alongside the industry.

You make us laugh, effortlessly. You have built a halfway home for every inexperienced writer, every unstable millennial, and every unripe stylist. We come to you for your Suessian insight and your eccentric intelligence. Your words stampede over any pessimistic and timorous thought, and as melancholic as Mufasa’s death, they’re left there to feel their slow and  painful death.

You, Leandra Medine, give fashion blogging a new genre. You are a different kind of girl and a whole lot of man repelling.

Sincerely,

— Every striving writer wandering aimlessly through the fashion industry.

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26 Comments

  1. April 6, 2016 / 11:50 am

    Hey!!!!! What a delightful post to come upon.

    • April 16, 2016 / 12:28 am

      I don’t think any comment has ever made my day as much as this one has!
      Thank you, Leandra!

    • April 16, 2016 / 12:30 am

      Haha I’m so glad you digged my post!
      Thanks, Lauren!

  2. April 6, 2016 / 6:10 pm

    This post made my heart so happy! I’ve been following her since she started and she has seriously had such an impact. Total bad ass girl boss! Hugs, Kait
    http://makeminemaroon.com

    • April 16, 2016 / 12:34 am

      She is a badass! I love her!
      I’m so happy you liked it Kait 🙂

  3. April 7, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    I loved reading this. I am a huge fashion follower and I’ve always valued Leandra’s writing style. She’s just so honest, brutally sometimes hahah! I’m an aspiring fashion writer so I always try to read what others in the industry are writing. It helps me develop my voice and vision!

    Read my latest post: 10 Apps Every Fashion Blogger Needs
    http://stopdropandvogue.com/lifestyle/fashion-blogger-apps/

    • April 16, 2016 / 12:36 am

      Taylor I’m so glad you loved this post! Thank you so much!
      Same here I’m always looking around for inspiration and reading and finding new bloggers always help

  4. April 7, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    I love how honest this letter is. Your writing is perfection!

    • April 16, 2016 / 12:36 am

      Haha aw thanks Nicole! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

  5. April 7, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    What brilliant writing! I really enjoyed reading your post! This outfit is pure fire! Total perfection!! xo

    • April 16, 2016 / 12:22 am

      Thank you so much! This means a lot and I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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