Credit score: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 26: Dua Lipa attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Middle on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Over the previous few years, articles have sporadically popped up on-line in regards to the return of the stomach button ring piercing. Like all good tendencies, this one reemerged on Tik Tok, with younger Gen Zrs—too younger to have skilled stomach button rings of their true, Y2K glory—started posting pictures and movies of their new stomach bling.
In 2019, Billie Eilish debuted hers on Instagram, and that very same 12 months Hailey Bieber did too. In 2020, on-line retailer Etsy reported that searches for stomach button jewelry had elevated 20 per cent in comparison with the identical time in 2019, itemizing the jewelry as one of many tendencies anticipated to extend in reputation.
Now, stomach buttons have properly and really hit the mainstream. With the Northern Hemisphere’s Sizzling Vax Summer time underway, mixed with the continued reduce out, midriff revealing development, increasingly persons are heading to the piercer. However whereas for millennials, the reemergence of the development evokes nostalgia, some are additionally left questioning whether or not this development—like Tik Tok—is definitely meant for them… or not?
Like most teenagers rising up within the 2000s, I used to be determined for a stomach button ring from the minute I turned 13 onwards. Britney Spears had one! Christina Aguilera had one! Janet Jackson had one! My mum, all the time a sucker for my begging (I even managed to steer my approach right into a golden labrador pet aged 11), finally gave in. However she put her foot down on the pink bejewelled Playboy bunny jewelry I later purchased with pocket cash and efficiently hid from her for near a 12 months.
Now, newly 30, the reminder of my youth stares at me within the mirror: an enormous gap the place the piercing was, which has by no means healed, nor shrunk regardless of the passing time. Determined to keep away from any temptation to put up badly choreographed dances of myself on the web, I’ve lengthy resisted the pull of Tik Tok, and had packed stomach button rings in the identical folder: cute for the Gen Z youngsters whose first rodeo it’s. However not cute for a 30-year-old girl. Cheugy, even.
That was, till Dua Lipa posted on Instagram final week, sporting a cute bikini, outsized printed shirt and, you guessed it, a stomach button ring. I instantly hit Google, typing feverishly, ‘How outdated is Dua Lipa?’ The reply stared again at me: at 25, she could also be on the cusp, however she’s a millennial—and considerably older than that of Eilish and Bieber.
I reached down and touched the outlet the place my Playboy bunny was. Maybe there’s life in her but.