I accidentally rocked a goth look a few times in college. Usually those unintentional fashion forward days came after nights where I did not manage to properly remove all of my eye makeup. So there I’d be, in my morning theatre history class, getting the nod from the cool girls in the back row. Instead of my usual squeaky clean nerd face, I was sporting, “I have seen the world and it is a very dark and mysterious planet” smoldering eyes.
What exactly is goth? Rolling Stone says goth “emerged from the ashes of punk” and “was drenched in darkness: black clothes and heavy eyeliner.” Time thinks the goth scene has roots that stretch as far back as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Maxim W. Furek has made a living studying subcultures, including the goth scene. In his book, The Death Proclamation of Generation X: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of Goth, he says. “The Goth Culture, equally fascinating, equally obscure, has been difficult, perhaps, impossible, to define.” Thanks for clearing that up, Maxim.
When celebs go goth, it’s not one size fits all. If anything, it is most likely more costume than lifestyle. Some stars love to go full goth for a red carpet event, while others just give a bit of a goth wink. Then there are celebs who have dark hair and love dark clothes so they manage to look a bit goth whether they mean to or not.
When I get glammed up for events now, I do confess I like to go heavy on the eye makeup. It makes me feel empowered and bold, loud, and stylish. With my super pale complexion, all I have to do is put on a black dress and I am quasi goth. It’s a fun thing!
18 Celebs Gone Goth
Want to try the goth look this month? Check out this popular tutorial for an “editorial goth” from Julia Graf.
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