The Daily Dress, one of the concerns I heard from a few readers was that they didn't want pictures of celebrities filling their RSS feeds. Others felt that they tried hard to avoid "celebrity and supermodel culture." And red carpet pictures—no matter how pretty the dresses—were all a part of that.
I certainly understand that sentiment. There have been times in my life when I've had to abstain from certain kinds of media for my own sanity. For example, the reading of any "women's fitness" magazines is now strictly prohibited in my household. I used to subscribe to them all: Shape, Self, Women's Health, and so on. But the thing is, they weren't making me any healthier; they were actually contributing to a bit of a predilection I have toward extreme dieting and binge exercising. Jeff gave me a bit of an intervention, in fact. He started to notice that every cover line was akin to "LOSE TEN POUNDS FAST!" and became skeptical about my reading material. I had to agree that perhaps the message wasn't the one I needed to be hearing. So Jeff took it upon himself to throw each of those magazines right into the recycling bin before I could even peek at them. He'd joke that he didn't even want our lady cat, Pip, to see them lest she get a bad body image.
I think taking that particular "media diet" (pun intended) was actually one of the best things I've done for my health. I don't obsess about my weight anymore or take on any crazy crash diets or exercise programs. And to me, that's kind of a big thing. Of course, I'd be naive to think I can avoid weight loss advertising completely. But I can assert some control over what I consume, and I think that intention is what preserves my well-being.
So, if someone felt that celebrity culture was something she needed to avoid all together for her mental health, I would certainly relate. Personally, I feel like I'm in a place where I can take what I want from that world (aka dresses) and leave the rest. Sewing, for me, is so tied into the fashion industry, which brings with it supermodels, celebrities, tabloids, and all sorts of stuff that's probably best consumed in moderation. And while it's hard to avoid all that stuff if you're interested in clothes, I suppose it's possible to limit your interaction. In respect to that view, I've tried to vary The Daily Dress to a certain extent, taking inspiration from places other than magazines and red carpets. It's definitely a work in progress, though.
And I think it's also worth noting that celebrity culture can be associated with positive things too. Pop culture is something that's brought infinite hours of joy into my life. (Hello Glee, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, Mad Men, etc etc etc.) It's just a matter of making sure the media consumed is stimulating rather than soul-sucking.
So, anyway. Back to the question. Do you feel that "celebrity culture" is something you'd rather avoid when possible?