For years, the Hip-Hop culture was often described as “hard,” “real,” and “male-dominated.” However, things have changed as women have gained a stronger voice in the scene, and rappers have become more open to redefining masculinity. This shift can be attributed to the rising popularity of gender-neutral and traditionally female fashion trends. Today, rappers are confidently embracing fashion choices that were once considered non-masculine.
Take Rocky, for example. He is known for his daring outfits, and his fashion sense is widely admired. This kind of fashion statement carries significant weight when it comes from a prominent rap star. Moreover, this shift in style is not a one-time occurrence. With trends like men wearing dresses and headscarves, both media personalities and everyday individuals are embracing non-traditionally masculine outfits, irrespective of gender. This progressive change is refreshing because, let’s face it, gender is a social construct, and men can look amazing with nail polish.
That’s why it’s the perfect time for artists like Lil Yachty and Machine Gun Kelly, who have a predominantly male fan base, to launch their own nail polish lines. While I don’t personally believe in exclusively gendered nail polish (as nail polish doesn’t have a gender), I understand the significance of this move. The reality is that men face challenges in experimenting with their clothing, accessories, and even makeup. Although it may seem like painting your nails or wearing a Gucci scarf would earn you praise and popularity on social media, the real world is less inclusive and accepting.
When someone like Lil Yachty introduces a nail polish brand, it’s a monumental moment. It’s not just because his collection has fantastic packaging, but also because he was once ridiculed and even expelled from school for expressing himself by painting his nails. Lil Yachty believes that everyone should be allowed to express themselves as long as it doesn’t harm or belittle others.