Some embrace ‘VSCO Girl’ stereotype

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 One trend that has seemed to have taken hold over the summer is a stereotype called the “VSCO Girl.” While some WHS girls have shunned the term, others have embraced the trend. 

   This trend originally sprouted from an app called VSCO that has specific lenses and filters that are periodically used. Girls who typically used the app and continuously post on the app or on the app TikTok, finally got the term or name “VSCO Girls”.  According to dictionary.com, a VSCO girl is a term, generally used as an insult, for a young, usually white woman who posts trendy pictures of herself edited on the app VSCO.

   “I think being a VSCO girl isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For example metal straws. Even if people are doing it just as a trend, it’s still a good thing to do. I don’t understand why being a VSCO girl is considered a negative. Why do people care how people dress or if they want to save the turtles. I’d honestly consider myself a VSCO girl during the summer but in the winter I just wear sweats. I love big t shirt because I can get them from thrift store, which I adore.” Senior Andrea Merritt said. 

   The stereotypical VSCO girl wears scrunchies, oversized shirts or hoodies, short athletic shorts, and are usually found carrying around a Hydro Flask (reusable water canisters). Although some find being called this term offensive because of the jokes around the trend, such as pictures, memes, and other social media references, others see a different side to the trend. 

   Sophomore Lara Orton sees a better aspect to the VSCO trend, such as a desire to ban plastic straws. In trying to ban plastic as much as possible, getting hydro flask is one way they see as helping. 

   “[I see it as an attempt] to change the environment, I assume, but the way they do it is annoying,” Orton said. 

      There are some students that follow the aesthetic of the VSCO girl, yet don’t identify as a follower of the trend.

   “I think of myself as more of a student athlete rather than a trending VSCO girl. I feel like people make fun of VSCO girls. Although, I can see how others think I am [a VSCO Girl], but I don’t think of myself as one,” freshman Ashley Spry said. “When the trend first came around everyone assumed I was just because I wore scrunchies, but I don’t even have half of the things.”

   All in all, the trend is just a light-hearted phase that will eventually pass without anyone ever remembering that it was here. 

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