Fashion: noun, a tool for taking risks

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Fashion has the potential to change your life for the better. Follow my journey to see how you too can become the ‘fun, fearless female’ that I believe I am today.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘fashion’ is defined by ‘a popular or the latest style of clothing, hair, decoration, or behaviour’. Undergoing my own personal style evolution has led me to believe that whilst one cannot deny the concrete definition of the word, fashion invites something much more than appearance; it has become a tool for taking risks. Ultimately, I am becoming the ‘fun, fearless female’ that Cosmopolitan embodies through taking advantage of what fashion has to offer.

Living and breathing fashion is something which I have never been consciously aware of. As a teenager, I would almost ignore the fluttery feeling inside my stomach on seeing different sparkles, shades and fabrics as an unexplained obsession with shopping. It wasn’t until I embraced this feeling at university that I began to fully understand how fashion could affect me. Inspired by Manchester’s daring approach to clothing, I left behind my safe approach to ‘acceptable daywear’ and began to experiment with an individual style. By the end of my second year, I had exceeded in my studies as a result of both looking and feeling more like myself, rather than a conservative clone, prepped and ready (three suitcases in hand) to start a daunting year ahead, studying in Spain.

The past year has been a whirlwind of opportunity and additions to my wardrobe. With each building block of my own individual style beginning to take form, my confidence increased. My dreams of working in magazine editorial became a reality when I decided to launch my own online magazine alongside my university degree. With it came the chance to manage a team of writers, create original content and interview notable individuals on how to make it in the media. Fed up of ‘thinking’ rather than ‘doing’, I grabbed the chance to showcase my talents as a journalist, similar to how I once dreamed of wearing those aforementioned sparkles, shades and fabrics.

What fashion has in store for me next is a question I look forward to answering. At twenty-one years of age, I continue to develop as an individual, in both confidence and personal style. In the same way that painters express themselves through a canvas, women can highlight their strengths through fashion. I only hope that more women begin to realise its potential. Taking a risk by opting for a killer pair of heeled boots rather than the shoes half your friendship circle own will eventually pay off, as you begin to get recognised for your original approach to embracing new ideas. Whether you bag yourself a pay rise, job or man, the power of fashion should not be underestimated, regardless of how many zeroes there may be on the price tag.

Zara Zubeidi

Young Journalist of the Year entry 2012, in conjunction with The Clothes Show