Grills are nothing new. The metal dental molds gained popularity when hip-hop artists sported them in the early 1980s, and upgraded them during the 90s in New York City, but they became widely popular during the mid-2000s in the South. But now, as is with everything that has modern-day roots in hip-hop, grills have reached a more mainstream pop culture status. Remember Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s American flag iced-out grills?
Ladies have also rocked grills for years, so when Beyonce popped up on her website yesterday with a clever little fanged version of the accessory on her lower teeth, reactions went from “cute” to “who does she think she is?!?” I guess we’re just getting accustomed to having all this access to Bey—who has been decidedly private over the past decade—and the different sides of her personality…or do you think she’s just frontin’? Reminder: Bey is straight-country girl underneath all the glitz, and she wore grills in her “Bootylicious” video back in 2001.
I sort of love it (surprise, surprise), and so do a few others at the Clutch offices. Rihanna, Kelis and Lady Gaga have all worn the look, and with just the right amount of edge that let’s you know they’re real women who have different sides to their personalities. They’re a little sexy, a bit badass and cheeky. Are we alone… or are you with us?