Fashion Show to Benefit the Hungry & Music Education

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;

Matthew 25: 34-35

Startup Westchester is hosting “La Bonne Vie Défilé de Mode” (The Good Life Fashion Show) as a fundraiser for Hope Community Services and Composers of the Future. The fashion show will take place during New York Fashion Week to better highlight the irony of the fashion industry’s promotion of the “Thin Ideal” (see below) when so many people are hungry. We are also looking to counter the advertising model outlined in Jean Kilbourne’s “Killing Us Softly”:

We have become a nation that places a lower priority on teaching its children how to thrive socially, intellectually, even spiritually, than it does on training them to consume. The long-term consequences of this development are ominous… Contemporary American tweens and teens have emerged as the most brand-oriented, consumer-involved, and materialistic generations in history. And they top the list globally… Involvement in consumer culture causes dysfunction in the forms of depression, anxiety, low-self-esteem, and psychosomatic complaints. ~ Born To Buy by Juliet Schor

Currently in the music busines there is a lot of dumbing down, but there is no need to panic. We just need to teach our children well. For children will not learn about our rich musical history unless we teach it to them. It up to each one of us to make sure that the music never dies:

“La Bonne Vie Défilé de Mode” will be featured in For I was hungry…, a documentary about hunger, homelessness, and poverty; and the power of creativity to overcome them.

The fashion industry, advertising industry and Hollywood have embraced the “Thin Ideal,” the concept young girls and women should be unnaturally thin:

A new study shows that approximately 80 percent of all 10-year-old girls have dieted at least once in their lives.
The number one magic wish for young girls age 11-17 is to be thinner.
Rates of depression are the same among boys and girls until puberty, but twice as many women are diagnosed as depressed post-puberty.

In study after study, women consistently underestimate the amount of body fat that men prefer. When asked to predict the figure that men will find most attractive, women consistently choose a skinnier figure than the men actually prefer. The figures women think men prefer are more like fashion models than Playmates… The figures that the men actually prefer are also much closer to the women’s own figures than the skinnier ones women believe that men like. This misreading of men’s desires may encourage some women to mistakenly think they would be more attractive to men if they weighed less.


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