Mirror Me That

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Public image has always ruled the world. For a long time, it was reserved only for the powerful and the wealthy, but times have changed. With the rise of social media, we’ve become accustomed to the idea of curating the image we project to the world. Everyone’s a brand now. And while the constant availability of criticism, praise and competition may be motivating, its constant torrent is undeniably exhausting. It’s especially true for creatives.

Cloudy sky print midi skirt in a mirror on A Handful ofStories.

Any work we do is inseparable from our image, our persona if you will. How much of our actual personality goes into that? Oh, a lady never tells. Alexander the Great may have been short and average-looking, but that’s not the charismatic leader we know. Freddie Mercury may have struggled with his sexuality and expressing his feelings, but what we remember is the most passionate performer. Marylin Monroe may have been a lost soul, but that’s not the legacy she left behind.

Mirror illusion fashion editorial A Handful of Stories.

Storytelling is the central part of a public image, and a compelling story will always win over an uninspired recollection. You’re allowed to have fun. After all, where would we be without imagination? Confined to the real world and our fleeting imperfect human lives. And you’re definitely allowed to keep some things only for yourself. The private you needs to thrive too. She makes sure you don’t find yourself drunkenly shaving half of your head and/or beating an employee of yours with a cell phone. She keeps you grounded.

Mirror portrait on A Handful of Stories.

The bigger the public persona gets, the more you need to protect and nurture your soul. Imagination can be an infinite source of inspiration and consolation, but you can’t live there. Nothing lives there.

Can you separate yourself from the image? Does your Sasha Fierce ever take off her six-inch heels and sleep? Does your Lana ever slip out of her red party dress and just let Lizzie rest?

Blue culottes outfit in a mirror illusion on A Handful of Stories.Broken mirror reflection on A Handful of Stories.

Photography: Ilya Blinov

MUAH: Lika Glazkova

Style: Yana Pospelova

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Yana

Hi! I'm Yana. I'm here to inspire you to try new things in fashion, travel and in life. I'm a fashion stylist, cat lady and a food enthusiast with an endless list of travel goals. Check out my contacts to stalk me on social media and don't forget to subscribe to monthly A Handful of Stories recaps at the bottom of the page!

  • Beautiful pictures!

  • Hi Yana, nicely written. So true ! and the styling is gorgeous. Loving the marble print skirt.

    • Thank you! It’s actually a cloud print, and I will definitely shoot another outfit with this skirt <3