This November, Preview collaborates with ad agency blackpencil manila to commemorate the International Day of Tolerance with a special editorial reflecting on the lack of kindness and the judgmental way we often view those who are different from us in everyday life.
Entitled "Mirror Image," the fashion editorial shows two different girls on each spread sizing each other up, both thinking very harshly of the other as seen in the judgmental thoughts integrated into the backgrounds. Using conversational language, the aim is to sound familiar and to provoke reactions like "I say stuff like that too!” and “OMG, do people say that about me?”
United Nations has declared November 16 the International Day of Tolerance and defines it as a time to raise awareness for this value that’s very much needed in a world divided by a lack of compassion, respect, and understanding among different people. As defined by UNESCO, tolerance is “respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human.”
If we are honest with ourselves, we will acknowledge that we often make harsh judgments based on how others look and even on what they’re wearing. Pauline Juan, Preview Editor in Chief, shares in her November Fashion Sense column how she is often shocked at the nastiness of the comments in the wardrobe posts done on the magazine’s social media channels. “Truly, if we cannot be tolerant of something as simple as the way someone dresses, how can we hope to achieve compassion for much more divisive issues such as race, gender, religion, and the economic divide?” she reflects.
The hope is that by portraying the viciousness of an intolerant attitude towards each other, we can reflect on our own behavior and make a conscious effort to be more compassionate in our thoughts and words. After all, peace can begin with all of us, in all of our encounters, in our own little corners of the world.
*On the day of its 50th anniversary, November 16, 1995, UNESCO's Member States adopted a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, affirming that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference and that it recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. People are naturally diverse; only tolerance can ensure the survival of mixed communities in every region of the globe.