If there's something we love at TABIBTO is to celebrate beauty. And by that we don't mean ageless perfect people, though they are clearly part of it too. But beauty for us is not just perfection, but rather the opposite. For us it’s the imperfections brought on by nature, by fate, by living a fulfilling or very hard life. Imperfections from aging, from scars life leaves us and that we battle through. ‘Flawed’ people seem to show signs of life and thus become perfect in our eyes. They’re the ones that change the world around them even if just a little, with what they do.
That's what Beauty of the Week is all about, celebrating real beauty. Today, we celebrate the amazing Lynn Slater, the blogger from Accidental Icon (if you haven't checked out her blog, do it. Now. We mean it).
Lately we’ve come to realize how incredibly important it is to have role models, and not just childhood heroes or career gurus we may each follow. But an ageless stylish, authentic person who makes you think: I wish I can age like that. Lynn Slater is the first (of many to come) who’ve inspired that in us. That sense of purpose and fearlessness when facing time, which we all seem to fear so much.
…coming to acceptance of the aging process and realizing that fashion
could offer a solution to the invisibility that often accompanies aging. Being
rebellious, I started to risk more in my style, almost like a dare. It got to the point
where everyday I was being asked about my clothes, most of the time by
young people. Several of them encouraged me to start a blog. +
-Slater, talking about one of the catalysts that made Accidental Icon
come to life, in an interview for Grey Magazine.
How do you feel about aging?
I guess the honest answer is ambivalent. I do not like some of the physical changes that
come with it and by that I mean more things that limit my energy or activity level, not how I look physically. Ironically I am much more confident in my physical appearance now than when
I was younger with long beautiful auburn hair and flawless complexion. +
On the other side I feel an enormous freedom of expression and even more of a desire
to reject the status quo and be rebellious. This gives me a different kind of energy and feels similar to when I was an adolescent albeit a wiser and less self-destructive version. +
Life becomes more urgent, in a good way. All things are put in perspective
and living in the moment becomes imperative. I probably like it more than not like it.
I can still be crazy but I am more in control of it that makes sense. +
If you want to read the rest of the interview, go to Grey Magazine.