I’ve wanted to write about this topic for years, the fur debate is very much in time right now, especially after having fashion houses like Gucci going fur-free. Also, many social influencers are taking a stand from wearing fur together with people in fashion, which I think is fantastic progress! I like these small but important steps and I feel hopeful that we are moving in the right direction.
JetsetBabe.com is all about going fur-free
In the beginning, I used to post pictures on this blog of women wearing fur, but in 2014 I decided to stop posting any images of JetsetBabes who wear fur coats. I’m not going to judge people on what they do, but I don’t want to promote this fashion in my space.
Myself, I don’t own any fur. The only two things with fur that I have, is one Shearling coat and one evening coat with fur trimmings. All of them were bought second hand, as I would never buy anything with fur in new condition, and it was before I decided to take a step back from this industry.
When Gucci came out saying that fur is not modern anymore, I think that quote hit the nail in its perfect place. They are so right. Fur is incredibly tacky and old-fashioned, it has nothing to do with today’s modern world. We have evolved so much in our technology and development, fashion houses today make amazing, high-quality fake furs, so anyone who feels the need to wear fur has great options to choose from.
But then people say,
“I wear fur because it’s beautiful, faux fur can never look like the real deal.”
Okay, I get the fact that fur has its perks. If you live in a cold country, you want something that makes you look good while keeping you warm and be of high quality. Fur gives you this.
But I still don’t think its a valid excuse in such modern society that we live in.
The whole “I wear fur because it’s beautiful,” feels too easy.
With a little bit of psychoanalysis, you understand there is more than just beauty reasons behind.
Why do we think fur is beautiful?
Because of the associations, we have of fur.
Since forever, we’ve always seen glamorous looking people dress in fur. Let it be from real life, from movies, fashion magazines and so on – we associate fur with wealth, status and richness.
We see fur and then we see glamour.
Why else do you think people are wearing it? (There are tons of other, warmer clothing you can wear)
People in the jet-set scene are often very keen on wearing fur. Why do you think that is? Let’s be honest here.
Fur is a way of showing off your status and power.
Fur is a statement piece.
It’s in your face “I have money, I have power, I’m someone.”
It becomes this statement piece because of everyone’s associations with it.
So let’s not excuse it because it’s beautiful; our mind is more complex than that.
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The truth is, humans are very self-absorbed, we prefer causing suffering to other living creatures, just so that we can make a statement with our clothes.
We have this deep-rooted need for showing that we are somebody, it makes us stop caring about anyone else. Our own needs feel more valuable than the needs of innocent creatures lives. And ironically enough, we feel entitled to it.
I’m not here to point fingers, and I’m not perfect myself. But I’m trying to work with this and at least do small steps in a direction that is spiritually and ethically correct.
But whenever there is a discussion about fur, people always love pointing out:
“…But what about leather?”
I’m not claiming leather use is acceptable, but I believe we must start somewhere.
The cruelty behind fur is slightly more barbaric, as animals often get skinned of their fur alive because when done in this process, fur coating contains its shine.
The leather industry is extremely cruel too, animals get tortured on a daily basis for all the selfish needs of humans. But often with leather, you also have other parts of the animal to go for meat production. With fur, you grow small animals (and you often need many of them to create a piece of fur) to rip off their skin, just because some JetsetBabe can walk around feeling fabulous about herself.
How do you feel about this?
I personally can’t justify fur.
I think it’s pushing it too far and that’s where I draw my limit.
There are other cruel things than just fur and leather.
We have the terrible industry of exotic leather (another tacky statement piece that’s only there for feeding the ego of the human and no other, functional use). We also have the disgusting meat industry, animal testing for the beauty industry, and so on. I’m not saying that fur is the only “bad” thing that is out there.
I feel I’m doing something, but I’m far away from perfect. I eat mostly vegan food, I try and buy as much of my skincare and cosmetics from cruelty-free brands (Thank god for Charlotte Tilbury and Hourglass), I don’t buy fur, I don’t use products with goos feather, and so on. I feel everyone can do something and it’s often not that much of a sacrifice if you educate yourself.
Whether we like it or not, but we do have a responsibility after all.
We are not alone on this earth. As much as we need to respect other humans, we must also respect the planet and the other creatures that live here and came before us (plants, trees, animals.) We have evolved so much today we can adjust our selfish needs to make it more friendly for our environment. Everyone can do something.
For this reason, this post has been very important for me to write. I don’t want to preach to people, and I respect if your opinion is different from mine. But I want to raise this awareness because I want to take responsibility not only for what I do in my personal life, but also what I promote on this blog. Not every picture here will be 100% ethical, but my aim is to at least keep it as fur-free as possible. And for me, that is always something.
What is your opinion on the fur debate?
(All the images in this post are examples of classy women who can look glamorous without wearing fur)