Racial Identity And Its Influence On Young People Of Diverse Backgrounds

1505 Words Sep 15th, 2015 7 Pages
In the modern era, the “hipster” trend’s popularity has skyrocketed among young people of diverse backgrounds. As these groups often unconsciously conform to several dominant fashions, they have also begun to challenge traditional boundaries. In particular, the hipster trend eliminates many gender specific styles, has opened a new front of acceptance and tolerance for new notions of gender identity, which were formerly highly confrontational. However, as with all popular trends has become difficult for many young people not to conform to the hipster trend, especially when the fashion industries and other influences integrate the trend into society, until it becomes a norm. This cultural dominance ultimately contradicts the key components of the hipster mindset, the impulse to question conformity and mainstream ideas.
There are many different perceptions on what defines a hipster, in general, since the “look” has many different components from the past that contribute to why it is a crowd-pleaser. The word hipster first made its appearance in the 1930s around Williamsburg, N.Y. and slowly faded away for a few decades until the 90s with the rise in the hip-hop culture. Today’s usage of “hipster” has been redefined from the past contexts when describing a person’s identity. Now words like Millennials, trendy, stylish, progressive, imaginative, and unique and others have often been use to describe a hipster. “The Urban Dictionary defines hipster as “a subculture of men and women…
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