In Depth

Two Thousands: Good Bad and Ugly

By Allyson Levy

STAFF WRITER

   From Lady Gaga’s outrageous meat dress on the red carpet to the “In My Feelings” Challenge that had people jumping out of their cars singing, “Kiki, do you love me?”, the 2010s had the craziest trends and pop culture events. 

   Fashion fads ranged from giant Fila shoes to mom jeans, logo obsessed clothing, and new breeds of aesthetics. The decade started off as a rise in athleisure and continued to grow throughout. Streetwear also became popular, alongside the newest fashion style — VSCO girl. The most recent style caught everyone’s attention with an also new trend – TikTok. 

   Social media has evolved as well. Initially, Vine began in 2013 and later came Instagram. Instagram developed into many platforms throughout the decade, being a place to sell clothing or to show off memes. 

   Junior Liza Beltyukova was amazed by a post on Instagram of an egg that was able to reach the amount of likes over. 

   “The world record egg was crazy; I think it’s insane that an egg could get so many likes,” Beltyukova said.

   Starting as Musical.ly, TikTok rebranded itself for a newer, different crowd, and it has flourished, as users are attempting to become famous. TikTok has taken over teenagers across the globe and has also changed the music charts. 15-second TikTok songs made their way up to the top of the charts in 2019, compared to Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj’s pop songs in 2010. 

   Songs and artists stapled their way through the decade. “Gangnam Style” and “What Does the Fox Say” had the whole world dancing. 

   “I’m surprised how popular songs became. Like ‘Sicko Mode’ became the only song on the radio at one point,” junior Sophie Ashley said. 

   Memes were also birthed this decade. Later, songs would transform into memes and become cringey. Humor transformed from start to finish, going from Facebook mom humor to every meme dripping with sarcasm. 

   Surprising pop culture events took the decade by storm, and there are more to come in 2020 and forward. 

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