Joanna is an almost-fifteen-year-old residing in Chicago, IL. If she’s not reading, writing, listening to her iPod, hanging out with her friends or cooking, something may be wrong.
“I fall upon the thorns of life, I bleed”-Percy Bysshe Shelley
When I walk down the street, I see the flourishing trend of dark clothes, pale makeup, scars from razor-blades and other identifying factors of the modern adaption of an age-old style. Many people who claim this style dispute the way some teens interpret the style.
Throughout history there are many figures who have qualities now attributed to emos. It is thought that the beginning of the trend originated during the Romantic Era through the artists, many of whom thought that suffering inspired great art. In this article I would like to give an account from one self-proclaimed emo who wishes to set the record straight. The interviewe will remain anonymous and shall be known as Int.
JNO: Would you explain the differences between the trends emo, scene and Goth?
INT.: Well, first of all, Goth is more punk than emo and Goths tend to dress differently. Mostly Goths have paler faces, more dramatic jewelry and try to be something you really look twice at. Scene is more of a trend than emo and goth. They like to combine lots of black with really bright colors and are obsessed with Hello Kitty. They have lots of bright colorful hair and favor the teased style.
JNO: What do you think people misunderstand most about emos?
INT.: I think the thing I hate most is the emo stereotype. It seems like everyone assumes emos [are people who] cry a lot, write bad poetry and are cutters. It’s definitely not about all those things.
JNO: Who do you see as a role model for emos?
INT.: I’m not sure who, where I live there aren’t many emos at all. The ideal role model for an emo would be someone who dresses how they want, isn’t afraid of culture and doesn’t care about what’s trendy. To me, emo is all about being myself, because everyone is unique.
JNO: What do you gain most from being emo?
INT.: It’s great to see people so open with themselves and not worrying about what others think. I’m happier and less self-conscious. I think being myself will make me happier socially. Being emo is generally associated with being very emotional and it has really raised my self-esteem and improved the way I see myself.
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