Those who are fastidious with their attire and appearance are likely detail-oriented people. I think that’s an accolade most of us can handle, but how easy it is to become caught up in the details and completely tune out of the bigger picture. How quickly we forget that fashion is a luxury—not because you have to spend a lot of money to look nice and exhibit style (you don’t), but because only those in situations of relative comfort and security can afford to focus their pleasures and energies on non-essentials. The mark of a woman of true style is the ability to see outside of herself and her own world, however grand, to express solidarity with other women across the globe.
This is why I would like to recognize France’s celebrated singer-and-supermodel-gone-First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who has been branded a “prostitute” by Iranian media after publicly criticizing the country for sentencing a women to be stoned to death for alleged adultery. Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani is accused of cheating on her husband, and charges have been trumped up to include aiding in his murder. Her fate has sparked an international outcry and an open petition that has been signed by celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Peter Gabriel, in addition to Bruni-Sarkozy. Human rights are for everyone, in every country, in every life, whether it is lived in BCBG or a berka. It’s not difficult to join the protests — stay informed on this woman’s plight; sign the petition to free her and save her from a barbaric and inhuman sentence. And when you pick out what you will wear tomorrow morning, think about the millions of other women in the world and be thankful for the many freedoms you enjoy; they are not accorded to everyone.