Hey beautiful people! I hope you are having a great day wherever you are in the world 🙂
Today I am excited to talk about my plans of direction for ‘The Real McCoy Of Style’ as well as the reasons why I am doing it. Firstly I will give you a brief background into why I lauched this blog and my journey of style.
Since I was young I have loved dressing up! I would normally sneak into my grandparents wardrobe and try on their clothes – especially my grandma’s shoes. Sometimes I would get creative and make my own clothes from literally bags.
1. Colour has always been a big part of my fashion sense and now I understand why – it started when I was two. Also Esmerelda was my favourite because I wanted green eyes.
2. My ensemble of my grandparents clothing.
3. This dress was a favourite of mine #PlaidLife
4. The hat was a Tesco bread bag and I walked down the street, basically a mini catwalk and what I can remember a dog chased me or barked at me because I still had breadcrumbs in my hat. Also to add I still wear T-shirts under dresses – proper 90’s gal!
I have always had a great interest in fashion, especially vintage style because the women looked so beautiful and elegant. I would cut out pages from magazines and I assembled collages which I stuck on my bedroom wall. I am a creative person and pursued art and drama at school – I loved dancing too! (even though I was very timid child). Through these subjects it was a easier way for me to communicate by expressing myself without opening my mouth, as I have expressive language disorder.
1. This is the first fashion photo I took of myself dressed in one of my mum’s dresses (because her wardrobe is fire!) I edited the photo on my mum’s phone in a pop art style as Andy Warhol is a creative I’ve been inspired by.
2+3. I was around fourteen years old here trying to pose and I used my webcam to capture these photos.
4. Oh my god! I loved this purple dress I purchased it from Primark (which was new at the time)in the sale for £3! #Bargain
1. I was eighteen years old and this is one of my top photos of all time of moi!
2+3. When I was fourteen I became “scene” which like a colourful unicorn emo and I dressed in bright green super skinny jeans or leggings.
4. This was my prom and around this age I began my interest into buying vintage clothing. I couldn’t purchase an expensive dress for only one night – when I walked home I saw this dress sparkling in the second-hand shop window; it was roughly £50. I still have it and will treasure it – it’s covered in sequins and my favourite part was the back of the dress.
I started my blog in East London when I came back from a long night of work – I didn’t know where it would take me or what fashion content I was going to write about, but I did know the reason was a way of conveying my own fashion fantasies – as fashion at the time was predominantly fashion magazines or celebrities that showed their representation of what fashion is meant to be.
I dreamed of becoming a fashion model in the magazines which were stuck on my bedroom wall or even strut the catwalks like Naomi Campbell which I would practice down the hallway. But I ultimately knew my body would never fit the bill by comparing my body to the models, as I am curvier with larger than normal boobs. My type of body was “only meant” for either page three, glamour modelling or maybe catalogue – which were all big NO, NO’S!
Throughout my blogging experience I was being inconsistent due to being depressed and working full-time in hospitality – which did not really help either. However, I never gave up as I knew I had more to offer with my photography and the process of creating the fashion shoot made me super happy.
Which brings me to the present day. This year I am planning on producing my photographs in an editorial manner being more outlandish, loud and showing emotion through the pictures. My top magazines are Dazed and i-D magazine as they push the boundaries of creativity. I personally believe that fashion is more than just looking perfect and beautiful, but it can also share important messages to open people’s minds.
Here is a gallery of some photos that I didn’t get to put in (as I have too many pictures). They are in chronological order of the evolution of The Real McCoy Of Style.
Thank you for reading my post and I hope you will enjoy my new chapter for The Real McCoy Of Style. If you want to keep updated on my upcoming posts follow me on my Instgram tahjana_mccoy as I am mainly on there.