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I agree with this and I think it's why so many of us are a bit cynical over her 'coming out'. She always acts as if her truth is the be all end all, and that she has some kind of authority on every topic she labels herself with (race, sustainability, mental health, sex positivity, trauma etc.) even if her truth and her takes are inherently harmful to share with her young, impressionable audience. No one is saying she's not allowed to identify as bi, but she has been annoyingly bait-y in the past, and no self respecting bi/gay woman is going to want to date someone who is as misogynistic and self centred as she is. She can't even handle having female friends because she always has to put other women down and be the centre of attention. She has a lot of work to do on herself to get past that before she can have healthy friendships, let alone relationships (with men or women). We know she has a very unhealthy relationship with sex and sexuality because she makes icky jokes about it every 5 minutes, but she needs to see a therapist about it instead of offloading onto her audience. If she's in the stages of exploring herself and her sexuality that's totally cool, but none of us want to see her get up on her soapbox trivialising LGBT issues by treating her bisexuality as some new quirky trait the same way she trivialises her mental health, her family's mental health and other trauma she faces in her life. Everything she says feels so insincere and calculated to fit her carefully curated image in order to make money, and I do think that is harmful. I do feel for her and want her to get better, but she does dig her own grave sometimes. I think when she is older she is going to look back on this time of her life and be really embarrassed of the messages she has put out.
I hate gatekeeping as I'm gay myself but something about Ashley being bi doesn't make sense to me. This is the girl who has constantly gone on and on about how she uses sex as a coping mechanism for everything bad in her life. She doesn't even seem attracted to the men she sleeps with, she just wants validation and intimacy. And now she's saying she's attracted to women? Ashley hates other women. Make it make sense.
This is what I don't understand. She didn't take Bunka seriously at all. I know she couldn't sew before this, so I'll give her that, but she should've put more effort into honing her design aesthetic and technical drawing skills past 12 year old weeb level. She speaks 3 languages and has a decent social media presence, she knows how to work algorithms and market herself. A degree from a prestigious school like Bunka would give her an amazing CV and skills. She could've started her own label or got a job in fashion anywhere if she took things seriously. Saying Japan won't hire foreigners is a total cop out and she knows it. She turned in total crap for her assignments, probably flunked out and just gave up to do nothing but cling on to some dude she's known for a couple months and she wants to justify it.
I'm currently doing a fashion design degree and although I'm not a pro by any means, I agree with pretty much everything that's been said. Looks cheap and weeby, but I never really expected someone like her to have a great deal of fashion knowledge outside of her weeby fast fashion bubble. Design wise it's all incredibly basic and lacking in direction that isn't just knockoff weeb fast fashion, but I assume her assignments are more focused on the technical skills and finishings (which are hard to judge without seeing close up. I do think the fit especially of that yellow shirt looks pretty awkward though.) Overall I think it's all okay for a very beginner level sewer, but I'd be pretty embarrassed to turn that stuff in at university level. Especially that purple shitshow of an illustration... I hate to be mean but I honestly wouldn't be shocked if she failed just judging by that alone, it was just really bad. Did she not get taught basic fashion illustration or at least think to google it? If she truly didn't flunk her classes, she probably got a rude awakening by being around actual serious designers with formed aesthetics and skillsets, and with actual interest in the fashion industry rather than cheap weeb junk, and felt out of place leading her to drop. Honestly fashion design at university is really intense, and I've seen a lot of people drop because they had some glamorised image in their head of being a designer based on whatever fashion they like, and are too immature to study or adapt to anything else, or they can't commit to the workload for whatever reason. Whether it's weeb shit or whatever else, there are lots of students like her who just aren't cut out for it. Sometimes you just have to cut your losses. Ironically being an influencer who ebegs and models cheap weeb clothes is probably the perfect fit for her, despite her 'hardworking' persona.
The before is short but actually cute, it has a nice silhouette since it goes in and out slightly at the hips and ends at just the right point. Flatters her well and has that cute/trendy/slightly sexy look she's going for. What she wants to do with it is going to make it look abruptly cut off, rather than making her legs look longer. She's a thin girl but things that cut off at the widest point of your hips/thighs always look weird. If she wants to elongate her figure that's not the way to do it. If it was a romper/playsuit thing maybe it'd look better, but as a skirt she's going to flash people. If I saw her on the street I'd think she's trying to wear a shirt as a dress. I keep thinking of those weird montages in cartoons when a toddler grows up/transforms into an adult in a matter of seconds and is still wearing the same clothing. If she's trying to go for the fetish/nymphet/ageplayer look then she's nailed it. If she isn't she just looks like she forgot her pants.
Honestly influencers like her who have all the disposable income and a platform of so many people who still choose to promote the fast fashion lifestyle are scum to me (not like she isn't already morally questionable) I work in the fashion industry and right now the problem of how much damage we are doing to the environment is no longer a thing to debate about or use as a marketing strategy. It's a prerequisite to even existing because at the rate we are consuming and thoughtlessly discarding as a culture we don't have much longer and there's no planet B for us to go to. People like Taylor who don't have to settle for buying cheaper made clothes out of economical necessity, yet choose to buy it in excess and promote that lifestyle to 1million plus viewers need to be criticised. It's 2019. They need to wake up and realise that this whole "wear it a day, throw it away" mindset is extremely harmful and no amount of being 'woke' about metal straws or whatever is going to make a dent into her massive carbon footprint. Taylor isn't buying her basics from zara because she can't afford better, wearing it until it falls apart like someone would out of necessity, Taylor is buying every tacky trendy piece of crap she sees to hit the next viral trend and fill the void in her life because she has literally nothing else going for her and no sense of who she is, only to maybe wear it once and never to breathe in it's direction again, rinse and repeat. I understand that most people don't have the resources to be zero waste or even always buy ethical clothing, and no one is perfect but Taylor has all the time, money and resources in the world yet she chooses to promote this lifestyle to her impressionable fans who then feel inadequate because they can't shop in the sheer quantities she does. It's downright irresponsible of her. She wants to be seen as this ~mature 30 year old WOMAN who cares about social issues~ yet she shops like a 15 year old girl who first discovered F21 in 2007. Maybe I could be a bit more forgiving if she wasn't claiming to be some sort of woke self made fashion/lifestyle influencer. As seen through the MC debacle she's easy to brush off any blood on her hands as long as she can maintain her lifestyle. She should be ashamed to be living like this but of course she is not.
Everyone thinks that's creepy though. Unless you're a complete sociopath it's hard to argue that the way idols in Japan and Korea are overworked and hyper sexualised is okay. The idea of underage gravure makes most people in western society uncomfortable for obvious reasons. Who here is defending it? Only people like Taylor who say it's just a different culture or schoolgirl fetishes are innocent/not inherently related to sexualising children are the people defending it. Everyone who has a problem with MC knows that isn't okay and would be equally uncomfortable if elbowsan were making his money through a business like that too.
It honestly seems like since the moment she turned 30 she's given up on being anything other than Ew-san's trophy wife and actually having her own hobbies and ambitions. I get that when you get married and decide to start a family that your lives change but what does she even do all day? She acts like age 30 = mature adult must settle down have babies nothing else. I can't imagine that she'd enjoy motherhood much either, she just likes the novelty of having a ring and a bump because everyone else she knows does, regardless of if it's even what she wants. I remember when she went on about the whole VS debacle saying now she's a '30 year old woman' she needs to be able to have 'mature discussions' but it all seems so performative. All she has going on in her life is desperately clinging to her youthful looks and going on and on about trying for a kid so much she belongs in r/ihavesex. Now with the 2 new apartments and watching everyone around her have the big beautiful wedding she probably dreamed of she honestly just looks like she's playing house and doesn't actually know who she is or what to do with her life. She's become totally devoid of personality and her channel is just hollow and soulless. Everything with her feels like she doesn't even realise what is going on, she's just putting on a show of what she thinks a 30 year old woman should do/be like. If she actually does have a kid she'll be shocked by the reality of it all.
I get that ES has a preference for her old dolly style (god knows why) and her current hair is a part of that which he doesn't want her to change but come on! She looks amazing with the shorter white blonde hair! Either Elbow san is blind or just has really shit taste. I understand telling her not to go too short if he thought it would look bad and she'd regret it but it looks so good. She should just take the plunge and go for it, she's obviously wanted to change her hair for a while and it's not like it'll never grow back lol. And if she really hates it she can always dye it back and get extensions. It's not like she can't afford it. Life is too short.
Hasn't she been sewing for like 4-5 years now? I just don't understand how she fails to do basic things like match a zip or pic fabric that isn't shiny as hell. No offence to cosplayers, I really respect the craft and the people that pour all their effort into making costumes, but you can really tell that Jillian has learned all she knows about being a 'fashion designer' from making mahou shoujo animu outfits rather than from studying actual garment construction. She should at least know how use a block pattern or something by now, I learnt that in my junior year of high school. Also the way she said she doesn't care about finishings on her clothes because she's not entering them in a contest and just sewing for herself? Yikes. If she keeps up with that attitude she's never going to improve and will forever be making Yumi King tier garbage that falls apart. Re: Fashion school, I think the problem is that she's settled for doing a crappy 2 year diploma course. Back when she was 16 or something she went on and on about Bunka Fashion College in Japan (not like that was ever going to happen but that's besides the point) so I guess thats where she might've gotten the idea of going to 'fashion school' rather than just doing a fashion degree. Personally, I'm going to a private art and design school to do my bachelors in fashion, but I just say I'm going to school for fashion or I'm going to art school. Jillian however is 8 months away from starting some crappy community college diploma because it's close to her mom, yet she still seems to be going on about 'muh fashion school'. Like I know she's from rural bumfuck nowhere but she's rather delusional and her standards are incredibly low.
^Same, I had my macbook air for 3+ years in high school and only upgraded to the pro because I wanted to keep big photoshop documents. It'd definitely still be going like new if I wanted to use it too. I don't see why she'd need a new one if she got this one in 2016. Is there something seriously wrong with the one she has or does she just want a newer flashier laptop for the sake of it? If anything the chargers are kinda rubbish and have to be replaced, I had one (wasn't fake, actually legit $100 from the apple store ) that literally caught on fire lol but Macbooks themselves are pretty long lasting and only slow down if you have too much crap on them. Does she take really bad care of her stuff or what? I generally like Mimei and I enjoy her vlogs, but the way she (and Duncan) go about handling their money is strange to me. Like shouldn't having a security net for emergency vet bills come before your comic book and BTS hoard? I know it's probably none of my business, and I'm not really bothered that she has a patreon (there are far shittier people than her that do) but with the sudden begging for money and now expecting patreon money to fund a new computer she doesn't even need... I just don't get it.
Not only that but some of her video topics are just really uninteresting to begin with and she doesn't know how to edit out the rambling. She just put out a 13 minute video about her accent and I couldn't get through the first few minutes because she kept going off on tangents. Like you I really tried, I want to like her but her content is just really boring and she doesn't know how to be concise and edit herself at all. I'm also really disappointed in her about the patreon thing if it's true, like she just kept the money and never sent out the rewards for months? Not that the rewards were that great but it's kinda shitty and I wouldn't have expected it from her.
Iirc she stopped her beckii box around the time she moved to London. I remember a few people on lolcow that were her patrons said they never got their last few boxes and she just stopped talking about it. Not sure how true that is but it really bugs me that she just goes completely radio silent on every one of her projects after a while. She has a proper job now working for a magazine company or something so I guess she doesn't feel the need to continue with the idol shtick or any of her side projects? Maybe she just doesn't have the time? Not sure why she still continues with youtube though, I'm in the camp that her videos are too boring and that's why her engagement has dropped. Even before the apocalypse and the Logan Paul drama she was making long rants about triggered jokes and recycled conspiracy theories. There are thousands of other girls on youtube that are more well spoken, have better production and present themselves better than her that make this same content. She can't blame the algorithm alone for people just not taking an interest in her. Even if she doesn't want to pander to the young weeb audience she's still just bringing nothing new to the table as a creator. Maybe if she kept up with some of her side projects it would've been enough to set her apart from other youtubers? I'm not sure why she's making a video whining about the algorithm, while she's not wrong by any means it's not the only problem with her content imo.