It’s 2021, and emo still finds relevance

Over the years, the trend that’s labeled as “emotional” keeps evolving and staying relevant.

From fashion trends to music tastes, there is one that stands out nowadays. The “emo” trend.  Many MacArthur students follow the “emo” trend on campus.  While not a new trend at all, social media keeps presenting the outlook as something many people wanted to try. Some influencers on social media that followed this trend include Pete Wentz, Joel Madden, and Trace Cyrus.

“Emo” is a known style that has been around ever since the early 1980s.  The origin of this trend took place in band groups in Washington D.C. during the Revolution Summer movement according to Wikipedia.  From there on, many people started following it.

“It’s too sad, I like happy things,” according to P.E. teacher Mr. Patrick Evans.  Evans also said that “emo” hasn’t impacted his life “in the slightest bit.”  He said he enjoys listening to “punk” or “rock”. 

Like many trends, this one comes and goes.  One of the highest peaks in this trend was seen in the early 2000s.  After that, the “emo” trend wasn’t as popular as it used to be.  21 years later, it is making a comeback and has influenced many young audiences through social media.  Although it isn’t as big as it was in the 2000s, “emo” is considered trendy as of right now.

According to sixth-grader Bella P., she thinks the trend is “cool, different, and edgy”.

Over the years, “emo” styles and preferences have changed from one perspective to another.  It went from “emo swoop”  to dying your hair and wearing all black.  As of right now, you can find “emo” related accessories and clothing at stores such as Hot Topic and Zumiez.

Many celebrities like Avril Lavigne are known as “emo” artists.  By the age of 14, she already started her singing career and became very successful.  Based on her style, Avril gave off “rock” and “punk vibes.”  Some songs that Avril made are “Complicated”, “I’m With You”, and “When You’re Gone”.

“I like it but I wouldn’t follow it… I like the music though,” said eighth-grader Delina B.

Would you ever consider yourself as an “emo”?