Jenna Ortega’s turn as Wednesday in the hit titular Netflix series has, overnight, turned the counter-culture goth girl – ironically – into the fashion’s reigning anti-hero. Not only did the 20-year-old actress seal her status as Hollywood’s “It” girl (her Instagram following grew by 10 million in less than a week since the Tim Burton-directed series aired on Nov 23), but topics such as goth makeup and dressing are also making waves on social media. As of press time, the hashtag #GothGirl has amassed over two billion views on TikTok.
Wednesday, starring Jenna Ortega (above), has even surpassed the latest season of Stranger Things to become one of Netflix’s most-watched shows.
The subculture has its roots way before the Internet though. While Gothic literature burgeoned during the Victorian era, it was not until the wake of UK’s post-punk era in the ’80s that the goth movement really took off. Musical acts like Bauhaus and Siouxsie and The Banshees spearheaded the subculture with their dark-leaning aesthetics.
Fast forward to today, and goth style is no longer defined by a singular dress code or look – it has evolved into many subsets that resonate differently with individuals within the community. Here in Singapore, the Gen Zers continue to put their own cultural or individualistic spin on the style – and surprise, not everyone is allergic to colour. Ahead, they tell us more about the subculture.
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