I did not publish this comment on the blog but I would like to address it here. Shall we take a look?
I don't expect you to post this as a comment but I just wanted to let you know a few things. I really like your beautiful blog design, your neat informative writing style, and your LOVELY photos, but I think you should stay away from modeling. You always look like you're trying so hard to look beautiful but really, it's not working (i am NOT saying you aren't pretty, you are. I'm saying you try to look all amazing and superior. Girl, put a smile on your face). Your outfit seems very normal, something that I would wear all the time, but you do have a good sense of fashion. It's just this outfit seems regular and not something so important to blog about. My message: Stay away from the whole modeling thing. DO NOT GET ME WRONG! I am not one of those blog hater people who purposely go around and write mean things on everyone's blogs. I LOVE your blog I just think a few things need to be altered. No one's perfect. P.S. I liked the name Olive Tree better because it seemed more original and had an interesting origin.1: I think you should stay away from modeling.
Whoa, where did that come from?
Well, I can understand how Anonymous can be confused. Media has blown modeling way out of proportion. It's gone from (in the eyes of the world) a respectable career to a supposed world of starving Glamazons.
This. Is. A lie.
I mean, yes, you do come across anorexic models. Yes, some are snippy and like to go on America's Next Top Model (worst representation of modeling ever, by the way).
The truth? We models are honest, hardworking, talented people. Most models are also actors, including me. I do TV commercials more than still photo shoots, and I've never walked a runway. Anonymous, would you tell me to stay away from acting? I'm guessing not. Looks like someone needs to check out my post about modeling myths.
You see, Anonymous, I have been a model/actress literally since I was a baby. My first photo shoot was for a hospital when I was a tiny baby. It's a way of life for me, and I enjoy acting.
Anonymous, your comment makes me doubt that you've ever been on the set of a model/acting shoot. You obviously have a very weak perspective of what this craft truly is. Please refrain from criticizing that which you do not understand — it makes you look extremely stupid.
2. You always look like you're trying so hard to look beautiful but really, it's not working. You try to look all amazing and superior. Girl, put a smile on your face.
Well that was rude.
I'm sorry if you think I'm trying "so hard" to look beautiful. I can assure you I am not.
I mean, sure, I care about what I look like. I wouldn't leave the house having just rolled out of bed with greasy skin and such. And I assume I am not alone there!
Yet again, I can see how Anonymous could have jumped to conclusions. I am naturally a very theatrical person. Very theatrical. My normal stances (even just standing in the hallway at my locker) are thus rather extreme (according to friends). So while it looks like I'm trying wayyy to hard to pose for a photo, I'm really just standing like normal old me.
Or was Anonymous perhaps referring to my makeup? Yes, I wear makeup. But I don't wear it to try and be someone I'm not. I generally just wear a lick of mascara, to be honest. When I'm feeling funky, makeup can be my mode of expression. It's an art when done right, and you can have some serious fun with eyeliner and glitter. For me, my makeup is just another outlet for creativity.
Or maybe my lack of smile is what caught the eye of Anonymous. It's true: for that particular self-portrait session I didn't smile much. Reason? I was bone-tired. I wasn't trying to look sexy or beautiful. I wanted to share the outfit and makeup, not my face.
I am by no stretch of the imagination perfect and I don't want to masquerade as such. Any beauty you may perceive is my own, not forced or faked.
3. This outfit seems regular and not something so important to blog about.
Hmm. Not quite sure how to handle this one.
Of course this outfit is "regular". I was going to a party, and my friend's family isn't the particularly outlandish type so I decided against something crazier.
And I still posted about it, yes.
Because even when I'm not in crazy clothes, I still like to share what I'm wearing. I remember a really nice comment a while back from a girl who said that she was very uncomfortable with her fashion expression, but after looking at some of my more toned-down outfits decided to give it a shot and she was ever so much more happy for it. So I apologize if an outfit for a party isn't exactly ground-breaking material. But it's my blog.
I can post about what I like.
If you don't like it, oh dear Anonymous, you don't have to read it.
4. I liked the name Olive Tree better because it seemed more original and had an interesting origin.
Sorry, dear, that ship hath sailed. There was a poll and most people thought it was okay for me to change my name. And I feel more comfortable with my real name. I'm sure you'll survive.
5. I am not one of those blog hater people who purposely go around and write mean things on everyone's blogs.
Maybe not, but you obviously knew your comment was offensive because you wrote that you didn't expect for it to get published. May I employ that ever-so-articulate expression: well, duh?
And this particular Anonymous (judging by his or her writing style) is smart and well-spoken. I would assume they have more brains than this.
Also, read this Anonymous comment then check out Hannah's (linked at the beginning of the post). See how similar the style is? Little red flags going up... Anonymous doesn't go around and write mean things on everyone's blogs, huh? How many other anonymous commenters are there who write long, involved, criticizing comments that are a weird mix of flattery and insult? I'm seeing a pattern here.
My point is this. Who I am, how I live, and what I post is my own business. I make some of it public on the world wide web because I'm confident about who I am and how I live.
Don't get me wrong here. I appreciate reader's comments and I do love constructive criticism. Really, it is the best way to learn! I highly encourage it, actually.
But when someone decides that they can pilot my life better than myself? I am not okay with that. Especially when our dear Anonymous doesn't have the courage to post his or her true identity.
What really cracks me up about this comment is that the whole thing seems to revolve around their warning not to model. It's just so random, it makes me giggle a little bit.
I can't decide if Anonymous is purposefully trying to upset me or not. If you are, Anonymous, rest assured that it did not work. I raised an eyebrow, yes, but my emotion beyond that is pretty limited. Mostly I just feel sorry for you.
So what do you think, dear friends? Would someone like to shed some light on what Anonymous meant? Do you agree? Disagree? Have you gotten any (ahem) interesting anonymous comments? Do we need to start a mob? (Kidding, kidding.) I'd love to hear your opinions and/or stories!