Lancaster, PA to Jalouse Paris Re 'Amish Grunge': Amish People Don't Pose For Photos & Hate Guns Except For Hunting
I was intrigued to see this fashion editorial ‘Amish Grunge’ featuring models Zippora Seven and Dolores Doll, lensed by Mathieu Cesar for Jalouse magazine’s September issue. When AOC friends read our tag line “from fashion to flogging, teeling women’s stories”, they smile at the irony.
The flogging reference is to my work on behalf of the 40,000 women a year flogged for inappropriate dress and other offences against modesty and Islam in Sudan — not the global fascination with women getting flogged in bed ‘50 Shades of Grey’ style.
Evaluating these images as both a fashion editor and former fashion director, who also has two GlamTribale shops at Building Character in Lancaster, PA — the heart of America’s Amish country, I wonder just how accurate ‘Amish Grunge’, styled by Jennifer Eymere is, in its stylish portrayal of the Amish people.
Amish People Do Not Pose For Photographs
For starters, writes National Geographic, the Amish do not have their picture taken because they believe that photographs are ‘graven images’. Although most Amish refuse to be photographed, most make a distinction between a photograph taken in their natural setting — perhaps by a tourist on an Amish farm tour near Lancaster, as an example. The critical issue for the Amish is that they are not posing for the camera, as fashionistas do from morning to midnight.
The Amish and Guns
As for lavish display of guns in this editorial, let’s not send the fashionable message that the Amish belong to the NRA. They don’t. The Amish are pacifists and their traditions dictate that they abstain from any acts of violence. Most Amish are conscientious objectors, avoiding any involvement with the military. The Amish do hunt deer and other animals because of its involvement with nature. They believe hunting allows them to enjoy God’s creations while ostensibly fulfilling a practical need for food.