I have another confession to make. My husband and I are bronies. We love My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. We have a My Little Pony calender, a Twilight Sparkle/Princess Celestia fuzzy blanket, 2 sets of the Mane 6 with brushable hair, plus the Cutie Mark Crusaders & Cheerilee, and several pony plushies and papercraft ponies made by my husband. We also have a large painting hanging above our TV that a friend made for us that has ponies on it. Saturday is pony day in the Sheep-Sloth household. We. Love. Ponies.
I guess I should explain this phenomenon, since many people are still in the dark about it. In October of 2010, the first episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic aired on a children’s network called The Hub. The show follows the adventures and friendship of 6 female ponies (dubbed “The Mane Six” by the fandom: Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Flutershy, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie) as well as some of their other friends and relatives. Because it was such a well-made, well-animated cartoon, the internet (comprised mostly of 15-30-year-old man-children) fell in love with it. The Executive Producer was Lauren Faust, who was also the Executive Producer on shows like The Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Unlike previous generations of My Little Pony shows, the producers and writers worked to give the main characters real personalities. They’re not all just girly-girls who like to dress up and go to tea parties. The ponies in the show have real, exciting adventures, and they also discuss important values and morals that are integral to good friendships and to life in general. The ponies are also far cuter than older versions of My Little Ponies – they look more like ponies instead of hippopotamuses. The animation is beautiful and detailed, unlike many other modern cartoons (I’m looking at you, Spongebob). Even the background ponies in the show have some personality to them, though much of their “character” has been assigned to them by the fandom. The fandom is expansive and includes fanfiction, flash animations, remixes of songs from the show, music videos using clips from the show, crafts (papercraft, plushies, clothing, figurines, etc), and art in all forms. My Sloth and I finally decided to see what all the fuss was about, so in October of 2011 we decided to start watching it, and we were instantly hooked.
In addition to our discovery of & subsequent seduction by this little girls’ TV show, I also recently started playing around on Pinterest, which led me to discover Polyvore, which is a site that lets you put together different outfits from a wide variety of clothes and accessories that people have uploaded to the site. It’s a fun way discover your sense of personal style, as well as allowing broke, unstylish women like myself drool over clothes that we are either too poor or too self-conscious to wear. I have decided to combine my love of ponies and my new-found enjoyment of Polyvore by putting together outfits inspired by the personalities of the ponies on the show.
Today’s pony (and my husband’s favorite) is Applejack. Applejack, one of the Mane 6, is a light orange Earth pony with a light yellow mane and tail. Her cutie mark (the picture on her flank) is 3 red apples, and she is rarely seen without her signature cowboy hat. She works on her family’s farm (Sweet Apple Acres) with her older brother Big Macintosh, her little sister Applebloom, and their grandmother Granny Smith. She also has a pet dog (probably a border collie) named Winona, who helps her herd cows and other animals. Her Element of Harmony is Honesty, and she is a very hardworking, down-to-earth pony but sometimes she can be stubborn and too proud to ask for help when she needs it. Since we have yet to ever see them, it is largely assumed by the fandom that their parents are dead, so Big Mac & Applejack take care of Applebloom, with help from Granny Smith. Here is the outfit I put together based on Applejack’s personality.
$36 – buckle.com
$20 – abercrombie.com
$134 – asos.com
$138 – piperlime.gap.com
$17 – amazon.com
$50 – sheplers.com