Fashion Report



August 17, 2002

One of the things I will miss most when I go home is the complete lack of judgment or knowledge about Western fashion trends in Taabo.  Pretty much anything I do or wear is OK, simply because I'm American.  People just think it's in style in the US, and that makes it OK.

Yesterday I went out running. I was wearing pants that are too big for me; they were rolled up at the bottom and the waist.  I had on a shirt that didn't match the pants.  My hair, which hadn't been brushed all day, was piled on top of my head in a messy ponytail.  As I ran past two young men, they actually stopped to discuss how beautiful I was!

I went on running, laughing, not only at the way I looked, but also at the freedom from the media, advertisers, fashion industry, and current trends that I enjoy here.  It's very liberating.

Maybe I'll stay a third year...