Despite never having been particularly interested in fashion or style, this week I’ve found myself binge watching ‘The What’s Underneath Project‘ by StyleLikeU. This is unlike any fashion show I have seen before. The participants start off styled and whilst revealing their honest views and personal history and so becoming metaphorically naked, they also take off each item of clothing, jewellery and any make-up. The person ends up sat in front of the camera in their underwear, but having built up a persona and style over the course of the interview that connects with the audience.
The mother and daughter team who created this series, Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum, aim to show great style is the result of self-acceptance. The channel StyleLikeU has attracted over 306,000 subscribers to date with hours of interviews. These interviews are conducted with a range of people from those who have never modelled before to supermodels to celebrities.
One such celebrity style interview was with Lea DeLaria (Orange Is The New Black’s ‘Big Boo’) in which she revealed what it was like to grow up a butch lesbian in a catholic household. Interviews don’t always have to do with style, but are always about the experiences and feelings of the person which gives the series a very honest feeling.
In a later blogpost I hope to be able to show how their manifesto will change my style. I hope this encourages me to make bolder choices; and as for the manifesto point ‘consume consciously’, tomorrow I will be first hitting up the charity shops instead of heading into town to try and make my style less damaging to the planet and other people.
If what I have written interests you, I urge you to go to StyleLikeU.com and be sucked into their endlessly inspiring view on life put forward through their YouTube.