An Accidental Icon
Lyn Slater was an unknown University Professor in Social work when she was standing in line to attend a fashion show when she became an accidental icon. In her own words:
...I was having trouble finding a fashion blog or magazine that offered an urban, modern, intellectual aesthetic but also spoke to women who live what I call “interesting but ordinary lives” in cities. Women (like me) who are not famous or celebrities but are smart, creative, fashion forward, fit, thoughtful, engaged, related and most importantly clear and comfortable with who they are..
A papaprazzi covering the event "mistook" her for a celebrity based on the verve of her wardrobe and the panache with which she carried herself. It was a photographic feeding frenzy.
Gifted with an audience Lyn decided to use her voice. The accidental icon:
- Does not consume garments, she lives her life in them and dresses honestly.
- Has original style without being eccentric.
- Chooses garments and experiences that allow her to be the self she is and the self that is always becoming.
- Is somber, seductive and romantic.
- Has the strength not to be part of a group even while she is delightedly part of a group(s).
- Is able to express uncertainties, fears and contradictions
- Has a life that is lived in neighborhoods, workplaces and with families and friends.
- Walks the fine line between rebellion and convention because she has to
- Has integrity in that she can embrace opposing tension
- Is becoming increasingly experimental.
- Relishes the fully lived life
- Is interested in meaning and memory.
- Occupies cultural space with confidence.
- Repudiates invisibility.
- Has unfinished business
- Open to serendipity, she can let go and follow where chance leads her. A huge fan of accidental occurrences’ and making something of them, she believes in fate (like a professor becoming a fashion icon).
NOTE: I received several emails informing me that this is a scam. I am leaving it up as a flag and as a personal reminder to check things out more carefully in the future.
It helps to first read an essay from one of the author's earlier blogs.
Two-and-a-half years later the family is battered by the slow moving hurricane called Cancer. Cancer sucks, but it sucks even worse if you have few financial resources. Gritty narrative with minimal amounts of self-pity.
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