We heard many stories about how the game offered many Coveters a way to express themselves and feel beautiful, often while held up in a hospital bed battling for their lives. Each story was incredibly touching and unique in their own way, and choosing which to feature was no easy task.
The resilience and passion for advocacy demonstrated by "BuffyWillPatrolTonight" inspired us to support her in her fight to bring greater awareness to mental health issues, and the all too frequent isolation and stigmatization they can bring. Read on to learn her story and how Covet provided a canvas for self expression when her body didn't feel like her own.
Covet Username: BuffyWillPatrolTonight
Where are you from: Melbourne, Australia
How long you've both been playing Covet: Around 3 years, since Covet season Fall 2015
What's your favorite thing about Covet?
Styling all the different bodies on modern mode! The next best thing to styling myself is styling other people, and the modern models mode is really great at providing that opportunity. It’s interesting and fun to find what works for different shapes, and definitely helps me in the real world when shopping with friends or offering fashion advice when asked.
What is your go-to hair and makeup in Covet?
Makeup: From my early Covet days I've absolutely loved the Princess Rocker makeup! The dramatic eye with bright shimmer and a bold lip has come to be a look I regularly replicate in the real world. The bolder the better!
Hair: The Effortless hairstyle is one that I feel is really perfect for any occasion (and one that I would love to achieve some day!). There’s a really nice balance between sleek and soft and overall I think it's just striking.
What advice would you give to new Covet players?
While it is a great part of the app, I think it's easy to get caught up in the competitive side of Covet Fashion. Sometimes I find that rather than styling according to my own taste I'm actually styling to “win votes”, and I then consciously make the effort to get myself out of that mode. My advice would be to try and see every challenge as a chance to experiment and showcase your personal style. In real life there are a lot of clothing rules we have to follow either at school or work or different events, but on Covet it's your chance to be free and try new things! You might even be inspired to transition some of the looks you come up with into your daily wardrobe!
In 2017 I underwent brain surgery. It was an extremely stressful and scary time in my life when everything felt like it was changing. Once the pain of the recovery was over I was ready to get back to my regular life, but I no longer looked like my regular self. My favorite clothes didn't fit the same and along with my hairless head I felt extremely low and my confidence plummeted. I am in love with fashion and beauty, and feel it is the way I can best express my inner self. When I felt like I lost that in my everyday life, Covet Fashion was there to make me feel creative, and keep me active in the fashion and beauty world. My body is usually my canvas, so it was great to be able to open Covet Fashion on my phone and have access to multiple canvases every day where I could express myself while feeling so low. Covet Fashion helped me in regaining my confidence and self-assurance, and linked me to a community of like minded people all over the world who share the same passion as I do. I used the app as a connection to something important to me when I felt like it had been lost, and have chosen to share my story on a platform I love to highlight the importance of self-expression and its connection to our personal identity and happiness.
The condition I suffer from is severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I am 26 years old and have been affected by this condition for the past 19 years. Since my official diagnosis in 2010 I have been through every treatment available, gaining little improvement, and last year qualified for a brain procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation. Here in Australia there is very limited help for people with OCD, and it is still a disorder that is largely misunderstood by the general public. During my years in treatment I have met so many amazing people affected by different brain disorders and noticed something extremely saddening – most were reluctant to talk about it for fear of being judged or misunderstood. Since then I have taken it upon myself to become an advocate for people who feel they can’t talk about what is happening, and try to spread awareness about different brain disorders and mental health issues whenever I can. One of the hardest parts of going through a difficult time can be feeling alone and isolated from your community. My hope is that open discussion around such disorders will lead to an informed society and one where sufferers will no longer feel judged or defined by their illness.