"Ghetto goth," a modern mash-up of ’80s and ’90s urban wear (hoodies, snapbacks and Jordans), ’90s grunge (layering and rugged details) and gothic styles (statement accessories, head-to-toe black and subtle shine) is gaining steam in fashion circles, with Rihanna leading the push. Keep reading to see how Rih-Rih rocks this rebellious look.”
Ok, this new “Ghetto Goth” trend that she claims she is doing is not working for me. This is just my personal opinion so relax. I do like the typical Gothic styles but I do not appreciate how she is defining it as if she suddenly decided “Hmm, I think I’ll be Goth today.” Being Goth is a lifestyle. Do I find this racially offensive? No, but it will go down that road I can see it now…Now because of this fuckery, I will more often be referred to as a “ghetto goth”. It’s hard enough being a Gothic person of culture in such a close-minded society. I believe we went down this road with Nicki Minaj…I despised it when people compared me to her and thought she inspired me, wrong. Colorful hair means “ghetto” and weird clothes means POC goths are “sellouts” to their own race, according to biased people. I see her as someone that’s feeding the fire. I can tell she did not exactly do her research on what it means to be Gothic (no surprise) and assumed, like many others outside the culture, that it is solely about the fashion. Also there is a huge influence on grunge. So I’m not understanding why Goth had to be used instead of Grunge.
Ps- This isn’t a new trend _-_
Okay, so I came across this and it kind of resonated with me but lost me as well. Here’s my opinion:
People can dress however which way they please. Parents can dress their kids however they want to as well. Still, it would be nice if those same people would do the research behind the fashion they wear. Fashion and design stylists work hard to create new trends but they also work hard to bring awareness to the changes around them. Yes, Rihanna does look good in this new get-up she’s bringing awareness to (not starting; she didn’t START anything). But no, Rihanna did not do the research behind what she’s wearing.
Alright, look at it this way: Someone wears a t-shirt that says “Bomb Me? Bomb You!” (just as an example). Someone else might look at them and think that just because the font is bold and it’s over an urban layout, that it’s cool. Maybe even funny. Boom, it’s a new trend. However, someone else may look at it and see that the meaning behind it isn’t just a cool, urban t-shirt but a saying that means they’re a terrorist. Thus, leading to investigations and maybe even a small group with guns, believing that they’re simply protecting their families and country.
Another thing that resonated with me was the racial statement. Another example, I’m Black but I like to think that I dress in a Gothic/Indie/Punk fashion. And I’m not just dressing this way because I’m Canadian, or half Japanese half Jamaican (which tends to be the reason people come up with for me). It’s because I understand and respect the meaning behind the many forms of Punk; it’s because I understand the silent suffering of Goth; and it’s because I enjoy the “young and free” movement of Indie. If people did the research behind what they wear, instead of just buying clothes simply because they look “cute”, then we’d be one step closer to reaching a more understanding and open state of mind. Yes, Rihanna has opened people’s eyes to new mixes and styles but she has not been doing it the right way.
Being Black and dressing the way I do has finally ceased surprising others but it still hasn’t hit home. People are saying they like my style, and they like they way I carry myself, but no one is mentioning my attitude or what I’m trying to speak out. What’s the point of wearing clothes that define you if no one is really reading it?
I’m sorry guys! To whoever is still choosing to follow me, I apologize for just up and leaving without any notice. But I’m back and I have a bigger mind for art! So if you stay tuned, you might be catching a glimpse of new things art. I hope to continue in opening your minds to new forms of art and masterpieces.
So once again, sorry! But stay tuned!