As your kids are getting ready to go back to school, it may be time for them to consider whether they want to have braces this year. Of course, it may not be as hard as in previous years, because this year, braces have been embraced by a pair of models who hope to make everyone appreciate that they can be a cool way to straighten your teeth. This goes beyond actors who wear braces and are famous in spite of them–these models are making headlines because of their braces.
The two models who have chosen to make braces a big part of their image this year are Kitty Hayes and Charlie James, a couple of teen models who are openly wearing braces on the runway and on magazine covers. Kitty Hayes not only has the obvious metal wires, but also accents them with bright blue elastics that really make them stand out. James, on the other hand, has less standout braces, and has made some of his most notable shoots in black and white.
Hayes got a big boost from her appearance on the cover of CR Fashion Book. It’s noteworthy that there is some sense that the braces are a mark of imperfection as the editor, Claire Roitfeld, saw them as being in opposition to “the most famous and beautiful woman in the world [Beyoncé]” who had been on the cover the previous month. However, Roitfeld describes her choices for the issue as having “special qualities” and to show that, Hayes’ shoot had several images that likened her to the prototypical blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe. Importantly, it included a nod to Monroe’s alter ego, Norma Jean, the awkward teen who would become the most famous star in the world.
Of course, not all representations of braces by this year’s fashion fit so nicely within traditional notions of beauty. One of the runway shows prominently featuring braces in their fall/winter show was the Hood by Air designer Shayne Oliver, who sent his models down the runway not only wearing hoods (sometimes with weird hair painted on them), but also some unusual jewelry attached to their braces. This could serve to help give braces a counterculture cachet, similar to tongue and lip piercings.
It’s hard to say how anyone will react to having braces, but hopefully with some of these models, teens–and maybe the rest of us–will feel more comfortable wearing our braces this coming year.
If you’re looking for braces in Spokane or Spokane Valley, we can help. Please call 509-368-7788 [Spokane] or 509-228-3998 [Spokane Valley] for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics.
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