the 90s version of this was "The (Adjective) (Animal)"
The Black Dog
The Thirsty Whale
The Rusty Parrot
meaning it's more about nostalgic regression than a desire to blend in and deny fashion...
also the girl in the first photo of the slideshow has a hair wrap, the kind that all the annoying girls in middle school would come home from their tropical beach vacations with.
this is interesting however it is little more than a new twist on ironic dressing. a uniform is one thing, but it's not a uniform if you have to search thrift stores for it.
@cat o'clock hilarious!
I spent my entire childhood until college thinking that I was a picky eater destined to never be able to eat shared meals because my family and all my extended family cooks similarly to this style, though not quite as extreme. ("But what's she going to do when she goes on dates?") But no ethnic food whatsoever. Now my family thinks I'm strange for going out to eat things like sushi and tacos.
@Jennifer Culp agreed, I think most of what makes this video (and Miley's VMA performance for that matter) interesting is that it is overtly sexual and graphic but also veers toward the grotesque which does not in fact give the general population what they want or expect from a pop icon. It's not relying on their sexuality for the basis of their appeal, rather it's making people slightly uncomfortable. Very compelling, in my opinion.
@Rubyinthedust oops got confused who I was responding to, sorry!
@questingbeast I would say those 3 adjectives you chose definitely apply but also oversimplify her current image in 2013 which has certainly evolved from her early hits 5 or more years ago. I think the 3 ladies above did a good job of describing it so I won't elaborate.
The fact that you and countless other people will react to it and label it as degrading is another issue to unpack altogether. I don't agree off the bat, I see it more as so otherworldly that I haven't really formulated a clear opinion yet. Very interested in this discussion and what people think though.
@iceberg In selling pop music talent is secondary to image-making. Plenty of people can sing but what makes pop compelling is how it makes you feel about yourself, your own aspirations, and how you relate to the story that the pop-star creates. (which is why the target audience is teens and 20 somethings who are perhaps more aesthetically self-reflective) To say she can sell records on talent alone without her incredible personal brand is both untrue and almost besides the point in discussing the way that she chooses to present herself.