We have all heard of the term “EDM fit” and know many people work insanely hard for their festival body so they can feel good in their outfits during festival season. I’m not here to talk about what EDM fit means or how to get EDM fit. I wanted to address the question I’ve been overhearing a lot lately: “why are you wearing that?”
It’s a bit baffling to me to know that when I was participating in pageantry, and competing in a bikini and six inch stilettos, no one seemed to care that my body was visible for an audience of hundreds. Or how when you post a photo at the beach, no one seems to care about how much skin you’re showing in your bikini. But when you post a photo from an electronic music festival, well, how dare you be confident enough in yourself to wear whatever you want.
When asked on a post “where did (my) clothes go” a friend jumped into the comments stating; “Some women are empowered by modesty and some women are empowered by showing off their given body, isn’t life wonderful in that way?”. And in response to her, yes it is wonderful.
The wonderful thing about electronic music festivals is that they are one of the last safe havens in the world where everyone has the ability to wear whatever they desire. There is no fear of judgement or persecution. You can express your inner soul without worrying about the judgement of others. People often say that while at a festival, they feel free. So why should it matter if that freedom comes from heart and soul, or from reveling more of your body then you would in daily life. Festivals are not daily life, they are an escape.
That being said, this goes both ways. To those who are dressed more modestly at a festival, well done. To those girls with no shame in their pasties game, well done. To the guy wearing that full on gorilla suit, well done, you are the man and probably dying from the heat. We are all unique, we are all special and under and electric sky we are all united.
So remember, they are not wearing that outfit for you. No one is wearing that outfit to make you look at them. So before you decide to tell someone not to wear and outfit because it is “provocative”, remember that it’s their freedom of expression to do as they please. If you are confident being completely covered, then do so! If you are comfortable showing a little more, do it! There is no right or wrong when it comes to your own right. So no, that girl at a festival is not just half naked. She’s expressing herself. Personally, I view nakedness as something much deeper, it’s your fears, dreams and inner soul. Not the clothing that you wear.
I know it can be easy to fall into judging another for what they do, I myself am guilty of it several times over. But remember that negativity is a poison we would all be better off without. So take the Respect from PLUR and apply it, you might just like the results. Remember that at festivals, freedom of expression flies just as high as the music in the air.
And if all else fails remember, if you really don’t like it, just don’t look.
I'm a cosmetologist and recovering pageant competitor turned raver. NorCal based. I love kandi, hoop dancing and you can find me at any event with Trap or Hardstyle.