Destroying the gender stereotypes of fashion

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Male celebrities are helping end the stigma surrounding men expressing their femininity by wearing skirts and dresses to red carpet events. Photos courtesy of (left to right) mensxp.com, popsugar.com, and guardian.com.

Maddie Rich, Reporter

Oftentimes, when men are seen expressing their femininity or wearing something that society has deemed feminine, they are assumed to be gay or that they didn’t have a strong male role model in their life. This is simply not the case.

In 2016, when James Charles became the first man to be a CoverGirl spokesmodel, a movement of men wearing makeup was sparked mainly on the video platform, YouTube. Though there were men who wore makeup before James Charles, he publicly helped men feel more comfortable wearing a product that was originally only socially acceptable on women. Because of this stereotype, boys who wear makeup are often the target of homophobic and transphobic accusations.

In the late 2010’s, a new style, commonly associated with “e-boys and e-girls”, emerged on another video platform known as TikTok. The look is reminiscent of skaters and the look that is tied to them. One defining feature is black, painted nails. This is something that skater kids have been doing for years but has now been made a trend by TikTok stars such as Chase Hudson and Noen Eubanks. Both stars have had their sexuality questioned by viewers. 

One of the more recent trends is men wearing skirts and dresses. Because so many different types of men and boys have participated in this movement, it is hard to say who started it. Some of the big names in this movement are Billy Porter, who is known for his extravagant mixes of femininity and masculinity on the red carpet, Dan Levy, who is known for his unique style that sways over the line of masculine and feminine, and Harry Styles, who recently has started a new era in his career where he is often seen wearing clothes that are more on the feminine side. While Billy Porter and Dan Levy have both come out as gay, Harry Styles is still often asked about his sexuality because of the way he dresses.

At the end of the day makeup, nail polish, and clothes are objects that, despite being considered more feminine, have no gender and can be enjoyed by people of all sexualities and genders, How you dress or what you wear does not define who you are.