Tuesday, November 16, 2010
United States of Philly Hoodrats???
The most popular young black women in entertainment right now are Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. The young black women and adolescent girls around the country watch them, envy them, and emulate their styles. This is a huge problem. This problem isn't because I think they're bad role models or because I don't like them, but because of the stylistic effect that they are having on young black women. Let me explain.
Unlike a Beyonce, for example, whose aesthetic popularity comes from a place of "classic" or "mainstream" beauty, Rihanna and Nicki both use eccentricity as their calling card. Problem is they've done it so well that they're everywhere and they, and their looks, are mainstream.
Result? Young black girls all over America are starting to resemble ugly Philly hoodrats. I'll explain later. First, Nicki.
The so-called "Black Barbie" took a few chapters out of the Lil Kim book then wrote a thorough appendix to include multiple voices and accompanying personalities into her act. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but the manifestation comes out in the form of body suits and multi-colored hairstyles, mostly achieved through wigs.
Rihanna used to go the mainstream "I'm pretty look how hot I am route" when she first hit the scene five years ago, but with Beyonce already holding that market down and having almost zero personality, singing ability or stage presence, her promo team smartly had her turn the other way and be the spunky "good girl gone bad." Our first popular black emo kid, if you will (Prince doesn't count he's fucking Prince. Respect.) Her look has been getting gradually more avant garde with time, as we'll note in this little montage.
First there were these...
....and now she's doing that stupid ass black Katy Perry thing you saw in the first pic.
And now my point. 85% of regular chicks out there CANNOT GET AWAY WITH THESE LOOKS. Nope. Sorry. It ain't working. And this is why. When a girl goes all in and shaves one side of her head and blows out the other, or starts weaving pink streaks into her jet black processed hair, one of two things will happen. Either...
A) A woman plus or minus a couple points from average will go from boring to intriguing, catapulting her into a new, hotter category of woman
B) That same girl and her uglier counterparts will end up looking laughably worse, silly, and visually unworthy of a good job.
The desired effect is always A, but unfortunately the result far more often than not is B.
Why? Because everyone forgets that both of these girls are already pretty, and that gives them leeway to do things off the beaten path. You can "ugly them up," if you will, and it comes off edgy. With Rihanna, it's all because she's hot. Nicki has the personality to back it up, but is also hot. Both have professional stylists and consultants who carefully craft the look.
You on the other hand have your homegirls and y'alls hairdresser of questionable repute, and often do not have the personality / swagger to carry such a bold fashion statement.
Result of that? You look like a Philadelphia hoodrat. For you see Nappy Fam these looks are nothing new to the Bros, who all met in the city of Brotherly Love and Sisterly FUG! Philly girls (colloquially known as jawns) I'm convinced are the ugliest on the east coast, not just from a lack of cuteness, but mostly from a complete lack of style. Pink and black weaves, green or blue hair, body suits, neck tats and flight jackets. Sound familiar? Exactly. Now because of these two bitches the whole country thinks it's cool. America, please wake up. Black women may never recover from this. Maybe soon a famous chick will have dreads.
Tako: Yeah and maybe Show stops fantasizing about trannies and midgets.
Show: Fuck you
Or maybe the jawns will take over forever....
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