Ahh inspiration. Picasso said once that, “a bad artist copies; a good artist steals”, but how much stealing/imitation from the same person does it take to actually be a downright talentless thief?
First, let me clear out that I have nothing against copying ideas from others as I do it myself. Dalí said once that, “Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing”. The world of art and its evolution spins around copying ideas, but somehow making them your own. That’s how art movements became other art movements and how art evolves (or anything! Even us humans and the physical world are the product of copying, e.g. genes, molecules, etc.). If you know a thing or two about art, you might already know this. The fashion world and by default the fashion blogging world is no exception to this, since even the idea of trends spins around this concept.
However, today my main complaint is about a couple of fashion/outfit bloggers/Instagrammers/influencers, particularly one of them who has become incredibly and increasingly popular during the past couple of years and who (coincidentally?) has been copying/actually physically wearing my outfit ideas (on Polyvore and in a lesser degree, my blog) since back then as well. Like I mentioned before, I have absolutely nothing against getting inspired from others, but what bothers me about this blogger/Instagrammer (too classy to mention her name) is that she actually consistently copies and wears my Polyvore outfit sets even before I get the chance to wear them myself! As some of you know, I
work my butt off on use Polyvore to plan ahead my outfits and the outfit inspiration for these sets is almost never copied from anyone else, since they are very authentic as they portray what I am loving at the moment(designer or highstreet pieces I find, colors, silhouettes, fabrics, textures) and they are the product of hours of research a day (on Pinterest, tumblr, other blogs, and even online shops, editorials, and campaigns). I put a lot of thought on each set and each piece I include in them: the colors, the contrast, the silhouettes, and the whole. Therefore, it is no coincidence that this blogger regularly comes up wearing an outfit almost identical from head to toe to my outfit sets on Polyvore and even several of the things I actually wear.
After so many ‘coincidences’, you realize after a while that it is no coincidence at all
It actually took me a very long time to realize that she was doing this, because I could never imagine anyone wanting to copy what I do (not because I am not to an extent proud of my work, but because maybe I seem too ‘excentric’ to others or maybe I just can’t imagine anyone actually stalking me on Polyvore!). Everytime I saw a picture of her wearing one of her outfits (either on Pinterest or on other blogs, as I don’t follow her, never check her blog, and have no interest in it since I was never a fan of her work), I was like, ‘oh my god, what a coincidence, this looks so similar to my old outfit/to what I had in mind’ (which were actually ideas I had published on Polyvore before, the publishing dates evidences it),but after so many ‘coincidences’, you realize after a while that it is no coincidence at all.
This person does not only constantly copy/wear my Polyvore outfit ideas before I get the chance to post them on here and actually wear them myself, but she goes as far as copying other aspects from my work (i.e. photography ideas, style of garments, shoes or even accessories from sunglasses to hats, I recently bought or constantly wear, go-to outfit and color combinations).
How can someone be so lacking in creativity and imagination and at the same time so desperate for popularity that they would be dishonest to achieve it?
Like said, I think it’s cool to get inspired from and by others, but why do it constantly to the same person and even for years?! I, for one, get inspired by many things and people, but why target only me? It just seems to me incredibly dishonest and that this person has an unhealthy obsession with what I do. How can someone honestly feel good about themselves when they simply grow popular by basically constantly ripping off another person? Is this real success? I wonder what will she do now and what will she come up with now that I will not publish any outfit on Polyvore? Sadly, she always seem to stick to what gives more likes and growth all the time and that seems to me (stealing aside) incredibly inauthentic. How can someone be so lacking in creativity and imagination and at the same time so desperate for popularity that they would be dishonest to achieve it? I’m sorry, but real success is based on the individual’s talents.
They say that imitation is the biggest form of flattery, but how about imitating my work, before I get the chance to post it on my blog?
They say that imitation is the biggest form of flattery, but how about imitating my work, before I get the chance to post it on my blog? It looks like if I am her biggest fan and considering that now she has a bigger following than me, that she is my biggest inspiration (which has never been the case). That’s definitely not flattering. If she would at least have pinned any of my outfits or outfit ideas on Pinterest (no signs of my work), or even follow me on Instagram (she used to, but I don’t know/care if she does anymore as I never see her liking any of my pictures), or show some sort of respect towards me, maybe, just maybe, I wouldn’t get so worked out about her taking credit for my ideas. Alas, this isn’t the case.
Furthermore, she is not the only one who has done this more than twice. There have been 3 other bloggers (2 of them are really big) who have done it as well, even considering that the outfits I create are not and were never their style at all (thankfully, they stopped).
So sorry for the long rant, guys, but I just needed to take it off my chest. The ones who have been following me the longest, know that I never complain or try to post any negativity here and even avoid at all costs posting personal issues, but this is the exception, since I firmly believe that shamelessness has to be called out.
Again, sorry, and I sincerely wish you all a great Sunday. x
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