Practice English Speaking&Listening with: VSCO Girls, E-Girls, & Tik Tok

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- Hello my dudes.

My name is Tiffany, welcome back to my series,

Internet Analysis.

Today we're actually analyzing some Internet content

cause we're going to be talking about VSCO girls,

e-girls, and teenage Internet style, I guess.

A lot of you suggested that I cover this topic

which has indeed blown up this summer.

Everywhere I see VSCO girl memes, parody videos.

There are probably literally thousands of

transforming into a VSCO girl videos on YouTube.

So what in the heck is a VSCO girl?

Here is a meme that helped me understand,

but also kind of confused me even more.

- Ssk ssk ssk anda oop (inaudible)

Hi, you must be new.

Oh these?

These are just my scrunchies.

I noticed you don't have one.

Really, you keep that, don't even worry about it.

Ssk ssk ssk anda oop.

Oh this?

This is my new lip gloss.

It's my fave, really.

Try some!

Okay, well it was nice meeting you.

Ssk ssk ssk anda oop.

- (laughs) That's my actual reaction to that video.

What?

So, VSCO is a photo editing app

that apparently these type of girls use.

And of course this carries over to Instagram

and even TikTok.

Now I have long resisted learning more about TikTok,

downloading TikTok,

but it keeps becoming more relevant,

even for older people like me.

I'm 23, so I am a little bit out of the range of Gen Z.

I'm out of the loop, but TikTok is relevant,

so I am going to talk about it

a little bit later in this video.

But before I continue, real quick

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At first the description of a VSCO girl, to me,

just sounded like Emma Chamberlain.

Maybe not current Emma Chamberlain,

but like Emma Chamberlain before L.A.,

before she changed.

Apparently this is what is on a VSCO girl checklist.

Hydroflask, big shirt, metal straw,

(sipping)

Save the turtles.

Just pretend that my Yeti is a hydroflask.

Scrunchies.

Kanken backpack?

I think that's how it's pronounced.

(speaking in foreign language)

- I'm from Sweden, so I can actually pronounce this.

I've heard people trying to pronounce it

and it sounds weird.

- Messy bun, mine is especially messy

because my hair is too short.

Puka shell necklaces, which I cannot,

honestly cannot, believe are back in style,

but they are.

And Birkenstocks.

I'm a big birk fan.

I'm also a fan off birk-n-socks.

It's a look, okay?

I bought these babies in 2017,

and that summer I was a camp counselor

for the first time, for teen girls.

And one day one, of the teen girls

called me a granola hippie,

and she was making fun of my clothing.

The fun thing is I overheard this

because I happened to be walking behind her.

It's so fun being bullied by a teen.

But anyway, who's the winner now? (laughs)

Birkenstocks are stylish for the kids... these days.

But anyway, to me VSCO girls just seem

like kind of the classic skinny, white but tan,

beachy girls.

Like I'm from Southern California

so that aesthetic isn't super surprising to me.

They're also probably wealthy

considering the prices of the products that

they wear and use.

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And most of these items are available

at Urban Outfitters, which we all know

is a pretty pricey, trendy store.

By the way, I was there the other day

with my boyfriend, looking around,

and there were a bunch of like cute,

like 14 year old girls,

back to school shopping with their moms.

And I was like, am I too old to be here,

cause I feel like it.

By the way, which came first?

Did these trends happen and then Urban decided

to sell the items?

Or did Urban sell the items and create the trend?

Which came first, the vegan chicken or the vegan egg?

All I know is that Urban Outfitters

is trendy teen paradise and also trendy paradise

for adults like me. (laughs)

We're hip, we're young.

But anyway, when people first asked me

to make a video about this,

I was like, what is there to say?

This is just a current trend of teen girl style.

But there is more, there is so much more.

VSCO girls have become a meme,

and therefore people are posting

a lot of jokes about them,

and creating these parody videos.

- This is my hydroflask.

You don't have one?

- You may have noticed my scrunchies.

I have two.

One to share, take it.

(giggling)

Oopa oop?

(clanks)

Ssk ssk sss.

- Andy oop!

- It's a Kanken.

Ssk ssk ssk.

- Let's be real.

Some of those are funny, and some of those

are more embarrassing

than the actual meme itself.

Ssk ssk ssk anna oop.

It is kind of fun to say.

The thing is, I don't know if

any girls actually act like that IRL.

Like, are they really out humble bragging

about the items that they have,

and literally offering to give you them

because you're untrendy and poor?

Take it, no it's fine, take it.

And I also don't know the extent to which

people actually say, "Ssk ssk ssk anna oop"

out loud.

Ssk ssk ssk anna oop.

Stan Twitter alleges that these phrases

have been stolen and re-appropriated by the VSCO girls.

And I'm just kind of confused,

because generally I don't really understand

Stan Twitter.

But I don't know why they would think that

they own and I oop.

It's literally a meme that everyone loves.

Can someone explain to me?

What if Stan Twitter attacks me because of this?

#tiffanyherg is overparty.

But anyways some people in response to seeing

all of these memes, and parody videos are like

why do we have to make fun of teenage girls

for their hobbies, or their interests, or whatever

their style is.

Leave them alone!

And to an extent, I totally agree, I don't think that

young girls should be made fun of for liking

whatever they like, or dressing how they'd

like to dress.

It's pretty much in the nature of being a young person,

to want to follow trends, and look cute,

and do what's popular.

But based on the content that I've seen, yes,

the videos are making fun of these types of girls,

but again, do they really exist?

Is there really a girl going ssk ssk ssk anna oop?

I don't know, maybe she does feel attacked right now.

But generally, I don't think that this is mean-spirited.

Most of what I have seen is actually Gen-Z ers themselves,

poking fun at the whole trend.

And Gen Z is a very ironic generation.

I applaud their sense of humor, because for the most part

their hilarious, they love memes, they've grown up on memes.

They're so lucky.

Anyway they know that VSCO girl culture is slightly cringey,

and a bit overdone, but at the same time

it is still popular, and thus, rewards people

socially if they take part in it.

And, it's fun to dress up like the, so why not?

Anyway, another comparison is being made especially

by slightly older people is that VSCO girls are basically

the new Tumblr girls.

I used to be so into Tumblr, I think as we all were,

at like 14 ish.

Back then Tumblr girls looked like this.

Long hair, high-waisted shorts, those like fringy

cut-up tops that were like $80.

DIY, you ever heard of it?

At that time I actually made my own parody video,

because back then I was snarky and sarcastic and

not like other girls!

By the way, I wanna make a video on that cause that's

a whole thing.

But that's kind of my point.

Like as a teen girl, I would of loved to become

Tumblr famous for taking cute pictures.

At the same time, I was making fun of it though

because it's basic.

But really I find it interesting that when something

is popular, you know, it's cute, it's trendy, but

it reaches a certain threshold and once it passes that,

it enters basic territory.

Tumblr girls were basic, VSCO girls are considered basic,

and basic has a negative connotation, but it's also

a self-deprecating term.

You know, we've all been like I'm basic, but nothing's

gonna change that, can I have a pink drink please?

Because at the end of the day, it maybe basic but

it is still popular.

Among young people especially, being basic is not

the worse thing in the world.

If anything, it's safe, it's comforting.

At least, you're doing things that are generally

considered to be acceptable.

You're most likely not gonna be bullied for fitting in.

So this is where alternative styles come in.

There's always been a conflict between basic,

popular kids, and different kids, you know.

It's usually a form of preppy versus goth,

clean-cut versus edgy.

It's a tale that's old as time.

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There is just always a counter-culture that's gonna resist

the more popular styles.

And they often also have different taste in music,

art, etc.

So today, the antithesis of a VSCO girl is an e-girl.

So what's an e-girl?

Mixing alternative aesthetics like thick chains, chokers,

monochrome stripes, and dramatic eyeliner with softer,

anime-inspired qualities, like little hearts drawn

under their eyes, caked-on blush, and rainbow

colored hair, they're easily recognizable.

If VSCO girls are the new Tumblr girls, then e-girls

are the new Myspace scene queens.

The term e-girl, didn't start on TikTok.

The earliest definitions of egirl on Urban Dictionary,

date back to 2013, and describe them as internet sluts.

They're girls who seek out gamer boys, luring them in with

good looks and flirtation in hopes of getting their most

prized commodity, attention.

In short, it's a misogynist insult born of boys

fantasizing that girls who share their hobbies are

clamoring for their time and energy.

So to reiterate, egirls originated as gamer girls,

twitch streamers, but now the egirl aesthetic has

become pretty popular on Instagram,

and especially on TikTok.

And not all of those egirls are into gaming,

but I'm sure some of them are.

As much as TikTok is about memes, it's also about

just looking cool, being funny, and getting likes.

Speaking of, follow me on TikTok.

So, why TikTok of all platforms?

I still think of TikTok as it's predecessor, musical.ly.

We all have unfortunately heard of it.

Musical.ly merged with TikTok, and now TikTok is

known as the new Vine, so there's some comedic content

on there, but there's still a lot of the cringey,

lipsyncing, dancing, thirst trap videos.

But a lot of people use TikTok ironically, I guess?

And make like ironic TikToks, we love irony.

Do we know what it means?

Sometimes.

Irony is a staple of Gen Z humor, even if they're not

always using the word correctly.

Meme pages, for example, have given way to

ironic meme pages.

Aren't memes like themselves ironic humor?

How do you make an ironic meme, I don't know.

Funny TikTok compilations on YouTube have been replaced with

ironic ones.

What it signals, more than anything, is self-awareness.

So back to our VSCO girls, I don't really even know

if there are actual girls, VSCO girls on TikTok behaving

in the way that they are being portrayed to be.

Because all I've seen are people parodying them.

So I don't know if it came from an actual, real person,

or if it's just a caricature.

But anyway, undoubtedly, TikTok is the new place to

become Internet famous.

Much like Vine, where it was possible to create an account,

and gain a following really quickly, because

the chances are high for random people to

come across your post.

On TikTok, it is also potentially possible to gain

a lot of new followers, if you're put on their home page.

I haven't even downloaded the app,

I don't know how it works.

But I'm sure there's kind of highlighted section.

The growth potential is very high especially if you're cute.

Because as with every social media platform, that is

one of the easiest ways to get followers.

I thought it would be kind of fun and I was joking with my

friends saying, oh, if I dress up as an anime girl,

I'll get famous, and then I did.

And then it sort of transformed into this whole egirl thing.

So egirls have been embracing the term that was

previously thrown at them in a derogatory way.

And they are reclaiming it proudly.

I don't think it's offensive when people call me an egirl.

And I don't think it's offensive when people comment

that I'm looking for attention, because that's what's

anyone's doing on the app.

I love that attitude.

So now lets discuss some similarities between

VSCO girls and egirls.

There's a little bit of an overlap in some of the

aesthetics, and some of the pieces, or inspiration.

A lot of it is 90s inspired, because honestly,

everything is 90s inspired currently.

Love that.

But specifically, there's also a child like element,

there's some nostalgia, you know, throwbacks to childhood,

even though a lot of these kids are not 90s kids,

they're born like after year 2000.

And I don't think it's just 90s inspiration,

there's probably some early 2000s inspiration thrown

in there as well.

But things like bright berets being popular again.

Scrunchies, of course.

VSCO girls are wearing Crocs, un-ironically?

And they're making friendship bracelets.

It's actually very cute and fun and wholesome.

I find it really funny that you know,

we've all seen those memes that are like

what I looked like when I was 12, what 12 year olds

look like today.

I feel like a lot of 12 year olds wanna look 20,

but then you've got these like 14 to 17 year olds

who are kinda try to look six.

Now, what does that say about us, you know?

Did these kids grow up too fast, and they feel like

they missed out on their childhood and now they're

trying to reclaim their youth?

That's a potential, I don't know.

However, with egirls there's also potential to

crossover to the like, I'm baby culture.

The pigtails along with the pink nose, eyes, and cheeks

are indicative of youth.

It's a little DDLG.

There's a element of BDSM, kink, and fetish wear too.

Hyper-sexualized child aesthetic, which also borrows from

anime, means that egirls often look both older and

younger than they are.

I really hope I don't get demonetized

just for saying the word sexualization.

But anyway, also with egirls, kind of on that note,

there's something that I found out that's a little

bit disturbing, a little bit uncomfortable.

A lot of these girls make this particular face in pictures

that I guess they think it's like quirky.

It's like bleh.

Trying to explain this without being demonetized,

but also I don't wanna use girls' pictures, as an

explanation, because I don't know how old they are.

So, I'm using Belle Dephine as an example because

not only is she of legal age, but she specifically posts

explicit content.

Yeah, this article was referencing her and is explaining

this expression, yeah.

So teen girls maybe making this face

and not realize the context.

That's a big yikes.

Now, of course there are adult performers who are of legal

age, who maybe play into this kind of character,

this kind of style, and of course, this perfectly

legal and acceptable for them to do that, but

it's just makes me so uncomfortable imagining

teen girls like making a face for selfies and just not

knowing what the implication of that is.

Because many egirls are actually young, and they just

like the aesthetic, and some of them on TikTok are

being targeted, you know, with explicit messages, or

requests for pictures, and it's just fucked up.

Leave the girls alone.

Anyway, that's dark, moving on.

Also, kind of related to being inspired by anime style,

or Japanese styles, I wanna bring up McKenna Kaelin, who

is currently known as cozykitsune.

Previously known as simply_kenna.

She's actually a friend of a friend, but I've never

spoken to her, I've just come across YouTube

and her Instragram a couple of times.

But I think she's a strong example of someone

who really embraces these different online aesthetics.

Though I'm sure she wears them in real life also, but

she's definitely prominent online because of her style.

She's currently living in Tokyo and before she moved,

she was very open about her love for Japan, and

Japanese style, and culture, and all things kawaii.

But her style has definitely changed with the times.

I remember when I first came across her YouTube, it

was probably 2014, maybe 2015, and she looked like this.

And I remember being really jealous of her hair, because

my ideal hairstyle, if I could choose what naturally

came out my head, would be curly, brown hair that I could

chop, and wear like that.

It's just, it's my favorite.

Anyway, in the time since McKenna has gone through

a lot of different phases, and her style has changed

many, many times, she's been accused of changing her

self to fit trends, and she's also been accused of

much worse, such as stealing art, but I don't

wanna talk about that too much.

But there are entire videos dedicated to that if you

really wanna look it up.

(gentle music)

Anyway, my ultimate point of this little segment

is that, looking good and keeping up with trends

is one major element for a lot of people in gaining

followers and maintaining followers.

So many people are Instagram famous, or even

famous on YouTube or TikTok or any other platform,

simply because they look good and

people like their aesthetic.

It is a business and some people choose to follow these

trends and things, because it's

beneficial to their business.

Of course, people changing their style or whatever

could be a personal choice.

Maybe they just wanna express themselves through

different aesthetics, I don't know.

But either way, regardless,

it gets likes, views, comments, followers.

So it is undoubtedly a valuable strategy in terms of

business and money to follow trends, whether it's

intentional or you know, 100 percent genuine.

So on that note, it is not just McKenna doing this,

we see people on social media adopt all these

different styles, pretty frequently, and sometimes

they are accused of that.

They're accused of being inauthentic and we as an audience

may hate when we perceive something is inauthentic,

but that's not gonna stop creators from doing it.

We've heard so many YouTubers say oh I made that type

of content because it was popular.

I actually hated making it but it was getting views, so

whatchu gonna do?

Going back to the issue of girls being made fun of for

dressing a certain way or liking specific things,

I do not think that anyone should be mocked

or bullied for that.

When someone online changes or tries something new,

they're often accused of copying someone else or

trying to be something that they're not.

But what if they are just experimenting or

what if this is always wanted to dress like, or act like,

and they're finally expressing their true self?

And even if someone were intentionally copying a trend

for the sake of getting popular, is that really

such a bad thing?

Like is it an earth-shattering revelation?

I don't think so.

It might be annoying, try hard, or inauthentic,

but does it bother you like that much?

Like if a creator I like suddenly did a 180 and

changed up their personal style, I'd be like all right,

cool, I hope your content stays good!

Stays good.

And ultimately I think people care less about

physical changes, and care more about personality.

Like as long as you're still acting your true self,

as long as you're not putting on an actual friend and

changing your personality as the wind blows,

then that's cool.

I don't know, am I getting off track?

Yes, lets continue.

One last point that I wanna make is that styles like VSCO

girls and egirls, these styles are kind of a refreshing

contrast compared to the completely face-tuned bodies

that we see on Instagram.

Allah the Kardashians.

I mean it's truly mind blowing.

If you've ever spent time looking through those Instagram

versus real life pages, it is insane what some

people on Instagram are passing off as their actual body.

So at least, being a VSCO girl or a egirl or whatever

other style or trend comes up at least that's

a different option.

I think it's a good thing for girls to not have

to have an impossibly tiny waist and thick thighs,

you know, they can wear a big t-shirt and a messy bun

and feel like they're cute and on trend.

Or you can sit in your room, do a cute makeup look,

embrace your creativity.

I don't know, I just think that these style ideals

feel a lot more fun and a lot more healthy,

a lot more achievable for the average person,

compared to the literal, face-tuned, photoshopped,

unreal Instagram aesthetics that are popular.

Egirls and boys style is the antidote to the homogenized

IG aesthetic.

It's like the antithesis of the glam Insta model.

Plus, one last thing.

With VSCO girls specifically, the whole like Hydroflask

and metal straws, save the turtles thing.

I think it's nice that there's an element of

environmentalism in their little philosophy.

It's not a philosophy.

(laughs)

And yes you may be saying,

oh they're only doing that because it's trendy,

but I think at the end of the day, if environmentalism

or things that are good socially are trendy,

that's a good thing.

That's a positive thing.

I just hope that they continue to use reusable

bottles, and avoid plastic after this.

But it's a good start, you know.

It's like in 21 Jump Street, where they're talking about

recycling being cool, there's always gonna be pressure,

there's always gonna be trends but it's like

If you make it trendy to care about the planet,

and be nice to each other, then hell yeah.

So anyway, shout out to the teen girls out there,

shout out to anybody out there.

If you find joy in following a trend, who cares!

Enjoy it.

Be basic once in awhile, be a little alternative.

Do this to your face.

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this video, I actually

had a lot of fun with it!

And, I'm gonna sleep in this makeup.

No I'm not.

I don't know why I said that.

Yeah, thanks for watching and subscribe if you enjoyed it.

You can follow me on Instagram for some mediocre pics,

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Stay tuned for my next internet analysis video,

thanks for watching.

Kay thanks, bye!

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