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Social Mobility

Here at Switzerland fashion week, the hot topic of discussion is social mobility- does it exist in the way that it used to?  Is it really about Royalty and Aristocrats, socializing, and marrying models and premier footballers? Can a billionaire shipping magnate – a Hindu from the lowest cast marry a top Bollywood starlet, from a high cast Hindu family? Or is social mobility really about attaining a quality of life that people aspire to?

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We’ve all seen the Middleton effect, where young girls and their mothers now talk about emulating the positive path set by Kate Middleton and her mother. One where a girl or boy, for that matter is educated and their talents nurtured, so that they stand alone as confident accomplished individuals and then marry their dream prince or princess, who, in modern time, come in any number of guises.

How do we define  Social Mobility?

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Before we go any further, I thought I’d better do some research and find out what we really mean by social mobility. The best concise explanation, I could find was the movement of individuals or groups in social position over-time. It may refer to classes, ethnic groups or entire nations and may measure health status literacy or education— but more commonly refers to individuals or families and their change in income and their families over one’s lifetime or over previous familial generations.

It seems now, more than ever, we’re seeing models, actresses and reality TV stars marrying aristocrats and billionaires.  Footballers’ and their wives, appearing on the same guest lists as celebrity chefs, US presidents and Nobel winning pop stars. The list is endless. The most recent example of this social mobility comes from the Beverly Hills wedding of ex-neighbours sex-pot, actress Holly Valance to English Property Tycoon Nick Candy, guests to the wedding included the Artist Tracey Emin, the Duchess of York and Gary Lineker and his wife.

The Illusion

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At first glance it does look like we are moving among equals but on closer inspection we can see that   the common denominators are: money, beauty, talent and accomplishment be it in sports, the media and; they are the same things that have existed for ever and beyond. In the late 19th and early 20thCentury the pop stars – or the people everyone celebrated were the likes of Issac Newton, Humphrey Davey, Michael Faraday scientists and mathematicians. The likes of  Mozart and Beethoven mixing with celebrated artists, actresses and the politicians of the day. The reason we are more aware today largely due to the Internet and the digital age and the access we have to peoples’ lives.

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Politic views on Social Mobility


In UK for instance, Politicians from all parties are keen to tell us we are all middle class. Is it because social mobility has stalled? If the middle classes are unable to move up the next rung of the ladder, will they move down? I’m always amazed at the number of women wearing Prada boots and handbags when buying their groceries from basics ranges in all the supermarkets. And what’s happened to the rights of the working classes educated or otherwise?


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Politics aside we want to bring to you the big interviews with the people who’ve become not rich but stratospherically rich from very humble beginnings. We want to interview people from around the world, who live lifestyles we can aspire to, and have stories that inspire us. We want to hear about the how they identify the next big direction that they take and the decisions that they make. We want to know what drives them.  Is there ever such a thing as enough money? – Who inspires them? – And what do they aspire to? – What drives them?  Obviously, we want to get a taste of their lifestyle and the perks that it brings. We want to know about things like spirituality and empowerment and charitable endeavours.

Some of the people I’m going to be talking to are People like Jacqueline Gold, the woman who brought sex to the High St. She has also has also made Anne Summers – a family business into one of the most profitable private companies in the UK: strong sexy and intelligent my kind of women,

 Obviously, Branson is high on our interview wish list, as are Tommy Singh the man behind New Look, Nick Candy and Simon Fuller, all people from humble backgrounds who’ve all joined the ranks of the Super rich.

 We want to talk to Successful people from all walks of Life:  retail magnates, shipping magnates, and media magnates from all over the world. Successful people from the fields of medicine, drugs and the petrochemical industries – as well those leading the way in Green technologies.

I also want to hear about the people you want us to interview and the questions you’d like us to ask.

Kind regards

Nanzee Soin

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