Wednesday 21 February 2018

Pop culture has taken a 'Wrecking Ball' to traditional femininity

Miley Cyrus cavorting suggestively in her YouTube video for 'Wrecking Ball'
Miley Cyrus cavorting suggestively in her YouTube video for 'Wrecking Ball'

Aisling O'Connor

After a good number of years of wincing at the sight of hair extensions, fake tan, platform pumps and skinny jeans, which, let's face it, suited next to nobody, an alternative perspective rocked pop culture in 2013. It was the year, to quote Madonna, of ladies with an attitude.

From Miley Cyrus's chart (and retina) shattering 'Wrecking Ball' and Katy Perry's seemingly unending self-professed 'Roar' of independence, to Lady Gaga's bid for applause via an awkward request for us to do what we want with her body -- there has been an undeniable air of boldness in the antics and images of our lady stars. This shift toward the daring side of femininity was accompanied by menswear-inspired trends on the runways and sidewalks.

Androgyny underwent a makeover as the slim, minimalist tailored look gave way to rough 'n' tumble rebel-wear. Miley's signature look of the year of cropped hair, ripped jeans, creeper 'flatforms', and little else, was a melange of a 1950s James Dean with Ska and Punk styles of the 1970s and 1980s.

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