"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." Oscar Wilde | Skillshare Projects



"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." Oscar Wilde


“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde

I don't mean in that 70s way of "free to be, you and me" but in a sophisticated and highly stylized way.

I love fashion, but am especially intrigued by Mannequins. My goal is to expand the concept of Aspirational, as mannequins are intended, to be more expansive.

Why are most mannequins that grace department stores and boutiques predominately white? (nude, plastic, etc...)

If I am an African-American young woman, why can't I see a mannequin that looks like Beyoncé or Halle Berry or Michelle Obama? What if I have an amazing body? But, if I’m Asian or Indian or Filipino, the idea presented by this ‘white’ mannequin is that is what I should 'aspire' to but, I will never be white, and don't want to be.

And if I am a white woman who is 5'1" and see a mannequin who is on average 5'9", what can I do? I'll never be 5'9" no matter what I 'aspire' to.... so the clothing will not fall on me the way it does on the mannequin. It is not designed with me in mind. Why doesn't a mannequin have the skin, eye and hair coloring, never mind the figure, of JLo??

I’m not talking about plus-sized mannequins that prowl the JCPenney stores but mannequins that look like Margaret Cho, Padma Lakshmi, and Salma Hayek.

My name is Sonya Burres and I am a film producer and filmmaker by trade. Hollywood, in comparison to mannequins, does an excellent job of showing gorgeous, unique and dazzling women of color, and Hollywood is often faulted for its exclusion of women. I think there are so many more exquisite, alluring and beautiful looks out there, why not put them front and center?

This is not a philanthropic adventure but a capitalist concept. Wouldn’t you be more interested in something beautiful if you saw how it looks on someone that resembles or embodies you, or what you admire, or even really ‘aspire’ to?  Why limit the scope so narrowly?

With $5000 I can create a prototype and get it into a friend’s boutique to see if it actually works, or it’s all in my mind.



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