All About Emo: An Insider’s Look at the Ageless Trend [Teen Article]
Posted Jul 27 2009 10:51pm
Joanna is an almost-fifteen-year-old residing in Chicago, IL. If she’s not reading, writing, listening to her iPod, hanging out with her friends or cooking, something may be wrong.
“I fall upon the thorns of life, I bleed”-Percy Bysshe Shelley
When I walk down the street, I see the flourishing trend of dark clothes, pale makeup, scars from razor-blades and other identifying factors of the modern adaption of an age-old style. Many people who claim this style dispute the way some teens interpret the style.
Throughout history there are many figures who have qualities now attributed toemos. It is thought that the beginning of the trend originated during the Romantic Era through the artists, many of whom thought that suffering inspired great art. In this article I would like to give an account from one self-proclaimedemowho wishes to set the record straight. The interviewe will remain anonymous and shall be known as Int.
JNO: Would you explain the differences between the trendsemo, scene and Goth?
INT.: Well, first of all, Goth is more punk thanemoand Goths tend to dress differently. Mostly Goths have paler faces, more dramatic jewelry and try to be something you really look twice at. Scene is more of a trend thanemoand goth. They like to combine lots of black with really bright colors and are obsessed with Hello Kitty. They have lots of bright colorful hair and favor the teased style.
JNO: What do you think people misunderstand most aboutemos?
INT.: I think the thing I hate most is theemostereotype. It seems like everyone assumesemos[are people who] cry a lot, write bad poetry and are cutters. It’s definitely not about all those things.
JNO: Who do you see as a role model foremos?
INT.: I’m not surewho, where I live there aren’t manyemosat all. The ideal role model for anemowould be someone who dresses howtheywant, isn’t afraid of culture and doesn’t care about what’s trendy. To me,emois all about being myself, because everyone is unique.
JNO: What do you gain most from beingemo?
INT.: It’s great to see people so open with themselves and not worrying about what others think. I’m happier and less self-conscious. I think being myself will make me happier socially. Beingemois generally associated with being very emotional and it has really raised my self-esteem and improved the way I see myself.
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