I fell in love with this song. It’s so soothing and the lyrics are filled with depth. I really love discovering new and unheard of artists. Her voice is very unique. Here’s looking forward to more of her music.
American Vogue is one of the most popular fashion magazines. Vogue being the most popular publications around the world. American Vogue since under Anna Wintour’s leadership has seen heights of popularity that many didn’t think was possible to achieve however not everything hits right on target.
American Vogue in honour of its 125th year decided to put a diverse range of models on its cover. Noted as the Diversity issue. A noble intention yet gone wrong amongst its stubbornness to differ from the norm. Instead of taking leaps forward they settle for mere steps.
The first thing that caught my eye was Ashley Graham on the cover alongside other models. A plus size model with other models and that too on a cover. Unseen and unheard of. However this was the only positive I could find with this notion issue, there were other things which ended up overshadowing the intent of the issue.
The issues began with the cover, where Ashley Graham arm was strategically placed in order to cover her thigh. Even though Ashley Graham has become a household name for being a plus size model and yet in order to minimise her size, her arm was placed albeit at the instructions of someone involved in the creative process. Even in the diversity issue, we are still experiencing a resistance to accepting the diversification.
Ashley Graham shouldn’t have to compensate for her plus size figure especially considering that the average woman would be more similar to Ashley Graham than Kendall Jenner. Ashley Graham hand was strategically placed in order to cover her thigh, the sad thing as she is currently the most famous plus size model, it seems ridiculous to make her seem smaller when everyone knows that she is plus size model and it shouldn’t be denied. Are we expecting bigger people to constantly make themselves seem smaller when around slimmer people.
In Ashley Grahams December Cover for British Vogue it was later revealed by British Vogue’s editor-in-chief that some fashion houses ‘flatly refused to lend us their clothes’, while she still ‘Slayed’ the cover and the editorial. It is hard to refuse that even now the prejudices in the fashion has against plus size people.
Another issue I found was with the cover models being in the content. It is the norm for the cover stars to be featured heavily in the issues they are the face of. However, that was not the case for Liu Wen and Imaan Hammam. Magazine covers are a big deal but content should not be ignored especially in the case of Vogue. If you are pursuing to create an issue with an array of diverse models then one should go out of the way to feature them in the following content of the issue. Vogue has gone from strength to strength with minimal hiccups along the way. This issue just shows the lack of recognition of the international modelling industry.
The talent pool is overflowing, therefore to not see the diversity that represents us all is a pity considering how the world is becoming more connected through globalisation and social media therefore we can see the options available to us but it is taking mainstream media a longer time to accept this and reflect it promptly.
The intention may have been good but it was clearly a little off the mark for Vogue this issue.
When will Winter end and Spring pop up. Don’t mistake the sunglasses being for sunshine, they’re for the grey clouds. I need a new bag but nothing has caught my eye sadly! I think I’ve outgrown my backpack phase but I still can’t seem to want to use my other bags.
Imagine flicking through Netflix because of sheer boredom and continuously flicking for 10 minutes and right when you are about to give up, you hit the jackpot.
That is how I felt when I stumbled upon ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’, the Pakistani content on Netflix has been low, not unexpected as Pakistani films and movies aren’t well exported as other industries. Pakistani dramas have been shown on Indian channels and demand has been growing however after the political issues which surrounded the two countries last year. I can’t be sure to say that the demand is still high or is still being supplied.
As I digress, It’s a big move for Pakistani Dramas. Netflix has 93.8 million subscribers worldwide. That number allows for Pakistani dramas to be exported across different borders and enjoyed by non urdu/hindi speakers. All Netflix content comes with subtitles, in my experience it has allowed me to enjoy many different language films. The fact that it does not only host many languages, with multiple language subtitles and tv shows, documentaries and films from different industries around the world. The possibilities are great.
I did not realise how much Visual media plays a part in how one perceives that country but I’ll talk more about that in another blog post.
Pakistani dramas have greatly production values with great writing. It’s a shame that it isn’t shared more with the world especially some themes portrayed are not just exclusive to the Pakistani culture.
I then binged watched all 26 episodes of Zindagi Gulzar Hai, even though I own it on DVD. I can go back on this blog and see how I loved this drama. It’s still one of my favourites and the acting is so natural. It’s definitely one of the more story driven dramas that focus on how time changes characters.
Humsafar was a smash hit Pakistani Drama which proved that good productions, scripts and acting can be done. Humsafar even now, 5 years on is still enjoyed by many around me. Humsafar made Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan household names. It for me also signifies the revival of Pakistani dramas, the drama opened up people’s eyes to the potential in the content produced and while this was along the lines of saas-bahu drama the way it was handled was completely unique.
Considering that Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan are one of the most populars and highest paid actors in Pakistan. They bring a bankability which I guess is why Netflix or Hum Network has pushed these dramas to be featured. I believe it’s a good choice to focus on Hum dramas as they do create the most diverse content in terms of story and characters.
With this all done, I hope that this paves the way for non-urdu speakers to enjoy Pakistani dramas but also Pakistanis living around the world be able to enjoy their culture. Here’s hoping that more Pakistani dramas get featured because at the rate that dramas are produced in Pakistan, they don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.
Unplanned Burger Day Out but a Burger Day Out nonetheless.
I, originally looking over the menu, really wanted a steak. However as luck would have it they had just run out of steak. I’m never one to say no to a burger.
The settings of this diner was to replicate a trendy industrial inspired restaurant in Brooklyn. I’ve never been to Brooklyn so I’ll says it what we think of Brooklyn more than actually Brooklyn. It’s the part of the new trendy restaurant movement coming to my city.
Finally, Food and Atmosphere are coming together.
I ordered a chicken new yorker. It was drowning under a bucket of cheese as you can see.
The slaw was abit tangy for my taste but I assume it is to combat the richness of the burger. The fries while looked fresh and crispy were slightly soggy.
I struggled to eat my burger in any civilised way. It tasted so good. I can’t wait to go back and try others burgers on the menu.