kelly ann nguyen

Heroes After All

Editors Note:

To be as blunt as possible: We’re all guilty. We’re all ignorant—but willingly so. There’s no way that we can all accept the accessibility of fast fashion without thinking about where it came from, and how it was made. But we all choose to do so because it’s easier; because no one wants to be held accountable for hurting someone else for one’s own pleasure. So we push that thought aside and go on with our glamorous lives.

I was once that girl who would thrive on sales. When I first applied to fashion school, the only thing I could see in myself was that I knew how to dress well. And if it wasn’t for these cheap, fast fashion companies, how would I maintain my style?

After watching Andrew Morgan’s True Cost documentary, my thoughts toward fashion completely changed. I looked back to April 24, 2013, and realized that I had no idea that the Rana Plaza incident even occurred. It made me realize how much we, as a society, have taken the concept of fast fashion for granted. What are we really paying when we can buy a shirt that costs the same as a BigMac combo?

Since then I’ve been trying to change my buying habits. I’m not telling you to stop buying that cute shirt from Zara, or basic tee from H&M—I’m simply encouraging you to think more about that piece before you do. Buy something that you know you’ll get a lot of wear of. Make smart choices, not impulsive ones. We won’t change the world today, but by taking slow steps to this change, we can pay respect to the real heroes behind the label. After all, who doesn’t want to be a Hero?