There was a Maureen Dowd editorial in the New York Times this weekend. It profiled Vogue's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour and her diva lifestyle. And then I saw an article about a young Chinese girl named Zhang Chianchian who works with her parents at a local brick factory in rural Guizhou (one of the poorest provinces in China) to help support her family.
On one hand, we have the ice queen with her entourage producing magazines with laughably priced and indeed just plain laughable clothing and accessories modeled by anorexic girls. On the other hand, we have a real girl on the cusp of womanhood who is taking her difficult life in stride. And you know what, I have so much more respect for Chianchian... It only shows that dignity and hardwork never go out of fashion. Here are pictures of Chianchian, she also helps to take care of her younger siblings.