Reality Chic

Winter Wonder?land

Posted on: November 23, 2009

Although magazines and movies, when shooting an outdoor scene, try to make a picture with two people who just happen to look like models playing in a perfect winter wonderland, realistic.  It’s obviously not that way as most of you already know.  Normally the photo or movie paints a picture of a playful snowball fight that occurs in ultra stylish color coordinated snow apparel.  While this does create a great picture for a magazine or scene for a movie, it is highly unrealistic. 

First and foremost it’s very abnormal to see two models, male and female, jumping around frivolously in the snow.  Second, if one is a male unless its your first date, I’m pretty sure if he has any testosterone at all he’s not aiming to be cute rather than just aiming to hit you as many times as possible with multiple snowballs. Third, snow attire is frankly unflattering! 

Realistically, it’s almost impossible to look good when wearing 8 layers, long johns, nylon overalls with a puff jacket over that, and boots and gloves that don’t color coordinate in any way.  If you look in the mirror and find a snowman staring back at you, then you know you’ve reached the look your going for, that is warmth!  Of course there are ways to add some flavor to your snow outfit such as your colorful winter jacket or those pink boots you bought last year, but it’s doubtful that you chose them thinking about what your appearance will be while already knowing you’ll like look like the Michelin Man attempting to play in the snow in all actuality.   I can however understand the sense of wanting  non realism  in a  movie or a magazine.  After all, what model would want to put on 8 sizes more of clothes.  That would mean she might be a size 8 (Oh No!).  All joking aside, a perfect picture isn’t going to show two regular looking people dressed in Carharts or nylon overalls nailing each other with snowballs.  We’d all probably prefer looking at the other way as well.  Anyhow, I guess what I am trying to say is unless you are standing on a set with photographers (mom and dad not included) no real person cares what anyone looks like when its 30 below and snow is on the ground!  Meanwhile, don’t try being an ice queen or king and enjoy winter!  It’s the one time when someone can say to your face you look huge! And trust me take it as a compliment (because you know that suckers going to be freezing)!  So enjoy winter, act like a kid, and forget about how you look for two seconds. It’s worth it!!

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