Monday, March 1, 2010

FAQ

This page is all the frequently asked questions I get from my readers that I've encountered via e-mails and formspring and other forms of social-media. Hopefully you will all get to know me better through these!

Is Gazel actually your real name? How do you pronounce it?
Yes, Gazel is my real name. It's pronounced "Gay-zul." Everyone thinks it's pronounced like "Gazelle" the antelope creature, but nope, it isn't. I also prefer if people did not choose to call me 'Gazelle' because it is easier on their tongues and it's "prettier".  Not only is not pronouncing my name the way it's supposed to be disrespectful, but it's completely ignoring cultural contexts as well - so please, call me as it's supposed to be pronounced and I will be happy.

Where do you currently live?
I live in Winnipeg, Canada.

What do you study?
I'm studying sociology, currently going for an honours degree. I want to hopefully specialize in race/ethnic relations in Canada, as well as immigration and globalization!

How old are you?
I'm 21 years old.

What size are you?
I honestly don't know... it's all just inconsistent. I order UK 22 on top (so 18 US) and 22-24 to the occasional 26 UK on the bottom.  I'm slightly a pear-apple shape, I have a smaller waist but a huge hip area. My bust is smaller in proportion to my hips!

Where are your favourite places to shop?
Check the 'links' section above.

Why don't you ever try to lose weight? Being fat is gross.
If you're on my blog and you're a fat hater, I think you found the wrong place to be trolling and flaming. I have nothing against the notion of losing weight, and I will do so at my own pace, but I don't need strangers telling me I need to lose weight. I prefer happiness over obsessing over my body.

What's the camera you use for your photos and who takes your photos?
My fiance takes pictures of me, sometimes I use a self-timer with a tripod. My camera is currently a Nikon D40 with either an 18-55 mm lens or a 50 mm 1.8f ... I occasionally use my iPhone or my Olympus point and shooter.

Don't you care about your health? Obesity is bad for you! Don't you want to live a long life?
My health is none of your business and even if I were unhealthy, it's still none of your business. Any pain I cause myself is my own fault - and I acknowledge it. I don't need any troll or fake-concern person to tell me that I'm fat. I get it.

If you have any more questions for me, send me an e-mail !

12 comments:

  1. What stores do you go to for thrifting? o;

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  2. Local ones here in Winnipeg, and I also go to Value Village/Savers and Goodwill.

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  3. How do you find the confidence?  I would LOVE to be able to style myself like you but every time I put something decent together a little troll passes through my mind telling me, "People will stare." Or "What if they criticize my size (i'm a size US 16 pants) and how I'm dressing".  Then I'll just take everything off and throw on a pair of regular shorts and a tee.  :/ I envy you and your style!

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  4. How do you find the confidence?  I would LOVE to be able to style myself like you but every time I put something decent together a little troll passes through my mind telling me, "People will stare." Or "What if they criticize my size (i'm a size US 16 pants) and how I'm dressing".  Then I'll just take everything off and throw on a pair of regular shorts and a tee.  :/ I envy you and your style!

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  5. Just wanted to say that I love your attitude, and your sense of style. I have a boyfriend who loves every inch of me, and have appeared onstage in a bathing suit to challenge our perceptions of beauty (I'm a size 20ish), but those notions that thinness = attractiveness are so ingrained in our culture, and have certainly had an impact on my internal self-image, no matter what I project on the outside. Good for you for being so confident, and promoting beauty in every shape and size!

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  6. thanks for an inspiring blog! as Gok Wan (UK tv presenter) would say, "it's all about the confiedence!"

    may you continue to inspire the world x

    www.thatgoodgirlchi.blogspot.com

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  7. Just wanted to say that you are adorable and I love your sense of style! 

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  8. Wise words: "Fake it until you make it." Once you get used to dressing up you kind of ignore the stares. Having a blog helps heaps for confidence! x

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  9. I would just like to say you are an inspiration. I have struggled with my weight for a long time. I have no confidence in myself because I'm not skinny Yes I have curves. But reading your blog gives me more confidence in myself to wear things I like and not hiding in jeans and t-shirts. thank you so much!!! (I've just subbed :D )

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Thanks for commenting! If you have any questions needed to be asked ASAP e-mail me at gazelma [at] hotmail.com ... feel free to drop me a question here on the comment box and check back because I reply/answer to most comments!