Bedazzled Breasts and the Binary Opinions: Glastonbury Festival
The Glastonbury Festival in the UK culminated this weekend and it featured some of the latest fashion trends. The most eye-catching was the glittered and bedazzled breasts.
Seeing the growing trend, BBC’s online channel, The Social, posted a tutorial about this sparkle. And guess what? The video got over 160,000 views within a couple of hours of it going online.
Bouquets and brickbats came pouring in equal measure. The primary emotion, of course, was the horror of how a woman could bare her chest. The comments under the video read that just because the nipple was not visible, it does not mean that it is not profanity. Many even reported the video for ‘blasphemy’.
However, the channel defended its post and said that the content is aimed at the age group of 18-35. It is claimed that the subject matter is driven by their audience and the writer pay heed to what their viewers are interested in. Following the growing search of this beauty trend, many festival goers or party lovers are opting for this trend. Since the weather suits going bare-chested and covering up in glitter is not completely revealing their body parts, women opt for putting gems and sparkle on their boobs, arms and neck.
Young women in India are up for trying bedazzled breasts. “It’s great to let free, if men can do it then, why can’t we? I would love to go to a party like this. But that does not mean that I will not be looked at lecherously,” says Nadia Alhuwalia.
Supporting her, Kadambini Prakash says, “At first, it sounds a little off but if you think about it, clothes do the same thing. It’s just that here the material of covering up your breasts is sparkles and small pieces of plastic that reflect light. What do body hugging, skin-coloured tops do? And it’s okay to see the celebrities dance in something that is similar to this trend. Reporting such images is being hypocritical. If it is not hurting you, then don’t interfere and if you find it disturbing, look away.”
Despite such vocal support, there were some who found this degrading. “Covering yourself in glitter is no substitute for clothes. Tutorials are available online to anyone and everyone who searches it. Young girls are still not mature enough to understand the difference between the West and India. Or the fact that you cannot have 13-year-olds walking around with jewels on their breasts. And for this reason, it’s okay for people to report the BBC video online,” justifies Triana Jain.
A mother of two daughters, Shweta Banerjee says,
“I would not be okay with my daughter walking around flashing like this in India. I’m okay with her wearing deep necks or have glitter on their neck and face. But she can wear sparkle in a physical space where majority of the women are doing so. A radical move like this is within the ambit of normal if most of the people are doing so.”
Unlike the popular belief that boob glitter became popular at the 2017 Coachella, Yves Saint Laurent’s fashion show SS17 featured boob glitter for the first time. Taking up from there, glitter forayed into makeup and was used on the face. Eventually, it came up as an outfit for music festivals which is now in the tutorials. If anyone is interested in trying it out, make sure you use skin-friendly adhesives and gems.
Pic Credit: glastonburyworld.co.uk
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Jagriti is an intern with SheThePeople.TV