In the past I have engaged in so many debates about the use of animal skin for clothing and accessories. Is it really THAT bad and terrible? Or have we become overly sensitive people who look for the bad in everything. There are so many way to dissect this situation especially from a fashion perspective. In the 20s and 40s, using mink and foxes for fur coats and alligator skin for shoes and purses was such a luxury, only true aristocrats could afford them (and yes everyone wanted a dead animal hanging elegantly around their shoulders).
But today, thousands of people each day are declaring a once glamorous act as; “ATROCIOUS” and the use of animal skin of any other reason besides food is fast becoming a taboo. Is it really cruel to kill an animal for a pair of beautiful shoes? What difference does it make? I mean we kill animals everyday to satisfy our hunger, animals are slaughtered for celebrations and annual feasts. Afterall, You will kill a cow to make suya wouldn’t you?
So what makes it so wrong to kill this ostrich….
For the purpose of using its skin to make this ostrich skin birkin?
You will kill a chicken or a goat to make dinner, right?
Then why is it such a taboo to kill this alligator….
To make this purse?…
Everyday, thousands of new ad spring up with international celebrities declaring their disgust with the use of fur or any other type of animal skin for fashion. Now during international fashion weeks, security is tighter than ever as fanatics storm the runway pouring fresh animal blood on models who have the audacity to wear real fur from a designer’s latest collection.
Years back, supermodel Naomi Campbell was one of the first international faces to declare her “hatred” for the use of animal fur in fashion. Two fashion seasons later, Naomi Campbell was caught on the catwalk and in FENDI fashion campaigns wearing..(wait for it)… REAL ANIMAL FUR. Hypocritical? Hmm… Yes a bit. But are we not being a bit too dramatic over this fur issue? This question is open for much debate.
In my fashion articles I always choose the path of honesty, whatever conclusion I come to is the honest decision I have felt in my heart. So here goes; do I believe wearing real fur is wrong? I don’t know because we slaughter animals to be eaten, what makes it different from slaughtering animals for clothing? If I were handed an ostrich birkin, would I turn it down? Still I do not know. As a fashion lover, I would love to have it but each time I touch I would be reminded that it was once a living, breathing creature. I believe that the debate over the use of real animal skin shall be debated over the next decade and more fanatics will use extreme measures to express their distaste for real fur. We are in a serious fashion dilemma.