Feminism, fashion and today’s new teen icons
From Tavi to Amandla, Willow to Kiernan, a new gen of girls are proving that style and substance aren’t mutually exclusive
I really love and have the utmost respect for girls like Tavi and Amandla and Willow, like they are really some of the brightest people on the internet right now but i have this ever growing frustration with how people choose to make them the forefront of how teens in america live today, knowing damn well that this is all so flawed. A poor black girl in bumfuck nowhere is not going to read this article and relate to it.
There is only one type of girlhood or experience being presented every time they run pieces like this, on the same type of people who say and do exactly the same things. I honestly feel ridiculous typing this because this is such a dead topic and “representation” has become totally obsolete now because who even cares anymore? But it doesn’t stop being frustrating to people like me who come from low-income backgrounds with no resources, like i really just hope that one day celebrity culture will no longer play a part in the whole conversation of girlhood and feminism and that we will be able to reach across various types of girls and people who go through different experiences and see the world from different angles and be able to show that feminism does not only take place in the west and that girlhoods differ, and right now there are a lot of girls (mainly black girls) who are being swept under the rug or ignored because i guess our girlhood isn’t pretty enough or aesthetically pleasing.