5 Trends Gay Men Rocked Before It Was Cool
In the era of lumber, metro, sporno… whichever sexuals it gets pretty confusing to figure out who is who and what is what. “Real men” now spend more time in front of a mirror than an average girl, everyone seems to be rocking beards as a statement to their masculinity and man-buns in their attempt to awaken their inner samurai, the plaid shirt never leaves the room and the gym’s become a true male sanctuary. The sameness of these men is absolutely upsetting but also thrilling in an absurd way – this is probably when men are looking better than ever, and more than ever are they aware of it.
Truth is, to the straight world (i.e. girls mostly) the current straight-male-beauty-dominance is a little bit confusing as we’ve so far been used to looking up to gays for fashion inspirations and trends. Also, their sudden aggressive obsession with looking good has outshone the gay obsession with looking good and we almost have a hard time telling between a gay and a straight persona. Anyhow, what’s still the case is that while a straight man will only follow a trend once it becomes a trend, a gay one will set that trend and make it a statement.
With that being said, we give you five things gay men did that prove they are years ahead of everyone else.
Hipsterish Youth Haircuts
The menswear tastemakers of today are very much in love with this popular haircut with shaved sides and a longer, pomaded top. It’s sharp, clean and, unlike most haircuts, acceptable in formal and informal situations. It was gay fashionistas who first dared to bring this cut back despite it having being directly linked to the infamous hipster culture. And now we love it. especially in shades of merman!
Beards and Tattoos
Every other man in the street is rocking a beard and a set of meaningless tattoos these days. However, before anyone else dared walking out of their house with a meter long beard and so many tattoos you can hardly count, gays did and they did it fabulously. Not to mention they introduced a whole new way of styling it with glitter and flowers all over, which are now a common thing in male fashion.
Beauty Procedures On Point
Being a regular in a beauty salon has always been a girl thing. However, gay men understood maybe before everyone else did in the male world how important beauty really is which is why they introduced it into the male routine. While most divas (who are now known for indulging their surgical procedures) weren’t even properly informed of cosmetic surgery benefits, some gay celebs were rocking their mini face lifts like there’s no tomorrow. It is safe to say they’ve introduced and welcomed new cosmetics surgery trends into Hollywood and the rest of the world in terms of its acceptability in the society and practice.
While we all believe it was Kim Kardashian who introduced the contouring craze into our makeup world, it was actually gays who did it first; yeah, it may sound uncanny but it’s true. Many people in fashion and makeup industry that you meet are gay, hence, their interest in looking the role they are promoting. Using contouring nude palette was an absolute must (and still is) for every good-looking hotshot who wanted to emphasize their good facial features and stun wherever they show up. The trend quickly became the base of everything we now exercise and upgrade within current makeup trends.
Sexy In Streetwear
Needless to say that gay men have always been open about their sexuality and never hid their wickedness. Once they’ve decided it’s okay for that sexiness to become a form of personal expression rather than a fault in one’s character, they’ve started showing off their trendy shirts, hats and visible pieces of clothing making it a fashion statement, we’ve all now going crazy over. Anti-establishment messaging is definitely pushing the envelope and is what keeps streetwear alive.
We’d have plenty more to say but the list would get soo long! We can go on if you want us to?
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