Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Unicorn top: Forever 21(my boyfriend bought it for me)
White jeans: Topshop
Basic white leather tennis shoes: Keds
Pink leather purse: Vintage
Lips: Mac lipstick in "Dear Diary"
When I was in kindergarden, my teacher Mrs. L had our class draw an animal of our choice. The assignment was to draw any animal we could think of and then share it with the class. But before the class saw the drawing, they had to guess what the animal was that we chose based on a series of simple questions. Sounds pretty easy, right? At the time, I was a huge fan of The Little Mermaid so I went ahead and started drawing the prettiest mermaid I could think of. As I was busy scribbling bright red hair on a stick figure, my teacher walked up to me. She said, "What's that?" I told her, "A mermaid." Duh. It was pretty obvious. "You can't draw a mermaid." Confused, I asked her why. "A mermaid is not a real animal." I ignored her and kept drawing, but this persistent teacher kept telling me that I could not draw a mermaid because "they are not real animals". So I had to start over as she watched. As she stared at me in disbelief I said to her, "I'm going to draw a unicorn." Clearly, that woman lacked any sort of imagination.
Over the past 6 months, I've seen many 90s inspired t-shirts and other garments with these mystical one-horned creatures. It really got me thinking...did unicorns ever exist or were they really just a creature that we created in fairy tales? I did some digging and you might be surprised by what I found out.
As some of you may know, unicorns were mentioned several times in the Bible. Although they were never described as being horse-like in the Bible, many people simply take this as proof that anything in the Bible is phony and made up because to this day there is no living proof that these animals ever existed. It turns out that the word unicorn comes from the latin word unicornis, which refers to a one horned animal that is similar to the rhino. So the beautiful, mythical unicorns that we know today are completely made up. Real unicorns (those mentioned in older dictionaries and in the Bible) were much more stalky, bulky, and nothing like the graceful horse-like unicorns we imagine. These rhino-like "unicorns" did in fact exist. I only wish I had known this 20 years ago ;)