OPINION: IF YOU don't like the Vegemite dress, there's no need to get bitchy about it.
Too many social media commentators are doing just that, spewing poisonous opinions - "absolute embarrassment" and "hideous", for example.
Trolls, is it a personal insult to you that Sunshine Coast designer and clothes maker Megan Dive is fun, creative and doesn't mind pushing the envelope?
Or perhaps you missed the memo that the competition was for an Australiana-themed costume, not a ball gown.
Why is it that every time time someone - in any pursuit - tries something fun and different, haters try to tear them down?
When Megan decided to make a dress in the pop-art style of Andy Warhol's 1962 Campbell's Soup Cans piece, and the dresses he made afterwards, she was met with ridicule as well as appreciation.
Shock. So was Andy Warhol. But that was 1962, people - 54 freakin' years ago!
It should be noted that Warhol's soup can dresses were lapped up by an exclusive club of socialites before Campbell's created a paper version - the Souper dress - for an advertising campaign.
The design still inspires fashion to this day.
Megan should take heart in the trajectory Warhol's artwork took, and ignore the haters.
She's a modest person though - she doesn't even describe herself as a designer. She would probably be embarrassed to hear me compare her to Warhol.
She's a "technical designer", she says, helping clients come up with designs which she and her growing team manufacture from her home-based Pacific Paradise business.
But I think Megan should take heart in history, and take the pummelling her Vegemite dress and many other entries received on sites like Mammamia, as a badge of honour.
She should stand by her vision for a clearly recognisable Aussie dress and enjoy the controversy it creates.
It doesn't matter one iota that the Japanese now own Vegemite. It still communicates Australia like the Sydney Opera House.
The Miss World Australia Costume Competition judges clearly applauded her, selecting her design above 200 other entrants to join a finalist list of just four.
Heaps of the public love the dress too, with positive comments all over the Facebook pages of major media outlets.
After Megan appeared on Studio 10 last week a post invited people to say which dress they would vote for and a heap said "Hands down, Vegemite" and comments to that effect.
It's sad that positive comments are always more concise, while horrid ones dribble on, often full of typos and ill-considered abuse.
You have until tomorrow to vote for the winner.
Make your vote count, Sunny Coasters!
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