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Being a first generation Indo- Canadian I have found that I have had to maintain a fine balance between my parents roots and this western culture I find myself living in Sometimes I feel like I am in a tug of war caught between the two - the cultural beliefs that my parents refuse to let go and that of my generation I am constantly being surrounded with hundreds of visual images on how to wear your make-up how to act on a date and what are the hottest clothes of the season Balancing the two cultures and integrating them to make it a livable situation for both me and my parents has proven to be a life long task Take a fashion article from Cosmopolitan magazine Willardt 216 that I was looking at the other day I just had gotten paid and had money ready to be spent which I wanted to treat myself and spend on clothes So Cosmopolitan was giving me ideas of whats hot and whats not for this season I saw beautiful outfits strategically placed and positioned on these models bodies accentuating every curve and bend making them look absolutely flawless Naturally I wanted those outfits So out to the mall I went My mother wanted to go shopping with me a bonding experience I think So we went and the struggle began Every piece of clothing lead to a lengthy debate either the shirt was too tight the skirt too short the pants too sultry or the tank top too revealing After an exhausting four hours with my mother I walked out of the mall with a hat The only item we could agree on but of course for different reasons I thought it was fashionable she thought it was good to block out the sun Here is my argument I had tried these shirts that were apparently too revealing and short but they showed less skin then some
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