Geeky Glamorous Blog Creates an Art Show to Celebrate the Female Fan
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"It forced a lot of girls to get creative," she says.
Now, after a few years of seeing the women at conventions taking their interests beyond standard costumes, making outfits that resemble Death Stars, TARDISes and even Jayne's hat, fashion designers are responding. "I think that they realize that there is this huge untapped market," Bettencourt surmises.
While there certainly is a contingent of women clamoring for Black Milk's Star Wars items or Galaxxy's Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt line, geek fashion isn't quite mainstream yet.
"I think we kind of live in the Internet, the geek girls," says Bettencourt. "You go to message boards or on Tumblr and you think that there are all these girls who are into it."
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She continues, "I don't meet so many girls on the street that are into it. But, then I go to a convention and I feel like I'm home."
Bettencourt makes an important point. The things that rack up Facebook likes and Tumblr reblogs don't necessarily spill over IRL. "I do feel like there is a stigma attached to being a geek, being a nerd, so people don't really embrace it," says Bettencourt. She adds that some women might feel like wearing geek finery on the street might attract the same sort of "con creepers" that exist at the big events.
That's where events like "Geeky Glamorous: The Art Show" come into play and it's for more than just fashion, more than the knowledge that some companies may now see the lady geek as a viable demographic. It's the repeated image of female fans inside JapanLA's tiny gallery that is incredibly powerful, whether the girls are sobbing over an episode of Doctor Who or spending who knows how many hours making a dress that looks like the Millennium Falcon. These things that are so often thought to be the territory of guys really aren't.
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