a billion dollar global business in which every single person must engage

Robin Givhan, New York Magazine fashion critic, recently took questions at a live interview hosted on Reddit. I love her answer to this question:

iamknowman
Why on earth did you devote your professional career to something as inane as fashion?

RobinGivhan
Oh, you’re just trying to get my goat, aren’t you? Surely people have mentioned to you that fashion is a billion dollar global business in which every single person must engage? I did not set out to write about fashion. My desire was simply to be a journalist and the fashion beat was open. Over the course of the years, I’ve learned the fashion is a fascinating business about selling magic. It is done on the backs of our optimism and our insecurity. It is as much psychology as commerce. But I’ve also learned that every day we make split second decisions about people based on their attire and those decisions can have powerful implications — see the story of Trayvon Martin and his hoodie. It’s important for us to understand how fashion works and how we connect to it.

Hear, hear!

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