Authentic Designer ≠ Authentic Human Being

Authentic Designers ≠ Authentic Human Being

Just because you have authentic designer things, doesn't make you an authentic person.


Very soon after coming to GW, I learned that fakery is not an enigma that disappears after high school. It's no secret that every private university has people that use money like it's toilet paper. The amount of Gucci belts and Louis Vuitton bags that I see on a daily basis is dumbfounding. I'll even admit, I got a fake Gucci belt off of Amazon for a whopping $12 in preparation for college.

I have never been one to judge another person based off of their financial situation. Coming from an affluent town and not necessarily fitting in, I've seen how having money can affect people. The houses in my hometown are all huge mansions, a heavy contrast to my barn-style home.

Come high school, I noticed the flock of Canada geese, which soon got to the top of my Christmas wish list. People would park in their junior parking spots with high-end sports cars. Then the clothing from high-end boutiques like LF started to appear head to toe.

These are all exterior factors that at the end of the day, don't really signify much more than material. My personal inner conflict emerges when a person acts as if they are superior, or just ungrateful because of the endless pit of money that daddy provided them with. I find that here, people generally don't understand that all money comes from somewhere; someone had to work for that money, and it doesn't just magically appear in your bank account.

It frustrates me to no end that the question is always: "what does your dad do?" Very rarely do I get asked what my mother does for a living. My parents met later in life when my mom was the health commissioner of the state of Connecticut.

As a little girl, my dad always told me that what attracted him most to my mother was that she "didn't need him" in her life— she just let him in. She was already a well-established woman, who depended on no one but herself.

Her career journey began with her father, a reconstructive plastic surgeon at Lehigh Valley Hospital and flight surgeon at Kessler Air Force Base. He focused on burn, trauma, and cleft lip and palates.

He encouraged my mother to also go into the medical field, and she ended up getting her nursing degree from Georgetown. Fast forward years later, and she's now a businesswoman.

She always told me that growing up, her father never bought fancy cars or extravagant properties— he refused to get rid of the same chevy that he grew up driving. Because he dedicated his life to medicine and gave all of his funds to his children, he is the sole reason that I can attend GW.

I grew up hearing my mom tell me "you are one lucky girl," and I'd respond with "I know." But I don't think I really did know until coming to college. Being thankful is something that's at the root of a positive lifestyle. When you start to think of all the blessings you have in your life, even basic necessities, it makes your worries seem minuscule.

My mother is a prime example that even if you grow up having money if you save it, work hard on your own passions, and provide for others, material things dissipate into oblivion. She could've used her inheritance to buy expensive clothes or handbags, in preparation for a housewife lifestyle. Yet, she saved it in order to send me to any school that my grades could get me into. For that, I'm forever thankful. After all, material things will never make me C.E.O. of my own company one day.

Popular Right Now

10 Outfits Every College Girl Wears To Class At Least Once

You can thank me later.

It's happened on more than one occasion.

The occasion of being called out more than once for dressing down for class and by "down" I mean some of the haters we hate to love claiming that they can't see the shorts we're wearing under the oversized band tee on our way to class.

Contrary to popular belief, yes I'm not oblivious to how my choice of outfits for class tends to shift on the more comfortable side and yes, I am aware that it looks like I'm not wearing pants, I like it that way.

Every girl in college wears what they feel is comfortable enough to wear in a 2-hour lecture and these are my ideas of comfort.

1. The infamous oversized tee with Nike shorts.

I'll say it right now, I have a variety of assorted Soffee and Nike shorts that I pair with almost every oversized tee I own and it's my go-to for those 8 AM math lectures.

2. Oversized tee with leggings and riding boots.

Once the first red, yellow and orange leaf is found on campus grounds, you know you're about to see a swarm of college girls, like me, sporting riding boots in every shade of brown. Jeans optional.

3. Oversized tee with leggings and rain boots.

Once the first rainfall hits campus, you better believe you'll see this same 'fit paired with Hunter boots in almost every color.

4. The "I'm going to the gym right after class, I SWEAR" look.

Whether or not I have plans to go to the gym after class or not, I'm probably in my gym gear 4 times of the week and I'm not ashamed by it.

5. Jeans.

I've always had a hate/hate relationship with wearing jeans when I absolutely do not have to and here's why: they make my derriere completely disappear. When (and if) you catch me wearing jeans in lecture hall it's probably because someone paid me a large sum of money to do so.

6. Your boyfriend's flannel paired with... you guessed it, your favorite pair of leggings.

This is probably one of the many flannels I've stolen from my boyfriend and certainly not the last one. Paired with another favorite standard black leggings, you can't go wrong with this outfit to snooze in.

7. The baseball hat and quarter zip ensemble.

One of my all times favorites, you can't go wrong with a zipper up 3x too big for your body and a baseball hat you honestly forgot where you got it from. We also can't forget our infamous black leggings.

8. Your "walk of shame" outfit.

Now, this doesn't mean you roll up to Intro to Psychology wearing what you wore to the lacrosse mixer the night before, no. This is more of the outfit you so quickly had to throw on in a span of two minutes because you left so and so's apartment downtown an hour too late.

9. A v-neck.

Another one of my favorites.

10. Dresses (or anything even relatively formal).

Disclaimer: I personally would never come to class wearing this but gigantic kudos to cute a** girls that do decide to wear this because you look good.

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

'Sissy, Why is That Boy Wearing Makeup?'

June is time to celebrate equality.


This past weekend, I went to the mall with my family. It was just a normal family excursion, and I wanted to walk into Sephora to show my mom a perfume I liked. We go inside, and my mother and I drift away from my dad and 6 year old sister, Sierra. I showed her the perfume I thought smelled amazing (Roses de Chloé) and we look for my sister and father to exit the store. As soon as we leave, my little sister grabs my hand and asks, "Sissy, why is that boy wearing makeup?"

This was the first time my little sister has ever asked about anything like this, and I wanted to make sure I gave her an answer. I turned to her and said, "Sierra, sometimes there are boys who wear makeup, and girls who may dress like boys. People are allowed to wear what they want, it doesn't matter." Sierra looks up at me, says, "Oh okay," and that was the end of it.

Sharing this experience to say, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

So thankful to live in a country where all sexual orientations get a day to celebrate their love. That's what this world needs more of-- love. It shouldn't matter who it is, where they are from, the color on their skin, or their gender identity.

When Sierra was born, I always wondered when this conversation would come up. I wondered what I would say, how she would react to it, and how she would be exposed to it. Like I consistently preach, everything happens for a reason, and I'm glad Sierra was able to get exposure and receive an immediate answer. Love is love, and I will forever stand by that.

Related Content

Facebook Comments