Last night I went to the Her Universe Fashion show at Comic-Con San Diego. I was there to cheer for my friend, Morgan, who was a model, and to support my friend Ashley Eckstein, who is the founder of Her Universe. The theme was “The Power of Fashion.” I love fan-girl fashion because anyone can wear clothes that make you feel powerful. It doesn’t have to be hidden. When you wear something you really love, you can just be you.
One thing that stood out to me was that several of the models on the runway had disabilities. They were just like everybody else modeling: They like fashion and they like to represent their own fandoms. I liked how everyone was included. I think that’s the real power of fashion!
My outfit last night was Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-it-Ralph. I feel that Disney made a different kind of princess in Vanellope. First, she didn’t know she was a princess! Second, she has a glitch. When she gets nervous or excited, or has any other big emotion, she glitches out. By the end, when she gets put into a princess dress, she uses her glitch ability to change back into her real, authentic self. I think this makes her the original princess with a disability! She has a difference that could be seen as a negative, but she learns to use it in a positive way to make her powerful and strong. Vanellope reminds me of me because of her style and her positive, independent point of view.
I had so much fun last night – and I bought a dress for the grand opening of Positive Exposure 109, too!!