How does the Ideal of Beauty Perpetuated by the Fashion Industry Influence Hip Hop Culture?
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In this research study, the aim is to find out whether fashion industry influences beauty within the hip hop culture or not. Hip-hop culture represents a form of expression for youth around the world making hip-hop their weapon against local issues in their community, in researching the localization of popular music. For this research study the qualitative secondary research was used. Thus, it was proved that fashion industry influences beauty within the hip hop culture but in a different way. The hip hop beauties do represents themselves as a sex symbol but in a way different fashion style and body shape than the fashion models.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION1
Background of the Research1
Research Aim and Objectives4
Layout of the Study5
CHAPTER 2: LITERATURE REVIEW6
Production of Culture in the Music Industry6
Fashion and Fashion Industry8
Ideal is Thinner over Time11
CHAPTER 3: METHODOLOGY13
Secondary or Textual Approach Research Methods13
Qualitative research method13
CHAPTER 4: ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION16
Secondary research findings16
Perception of beauty in hip hop videos18
Analysis of selected videos20
Snoop Dogg ft Pharrell- beautiful21
Nelly, P Diddy and Murphy Lee-shake your tail feather22
Analysis of the fashion text22
Fashion influence hip hop25
CHAPTER 5: CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS27
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
Background of the Research
Throughout the 20th and early 21st century, music and culture have had tremendous influence on fashion (Henderson, Henderson, Hoffmann, 2001, 1407). One style in particular, known as, “hip-hop” has become synonymous with sound, subculture, and style (Harris, Hynes, 2003, 45). Hip-hop music, also referred to as rap or rap music, is a style of popular music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, only to become a large part of modern pop culture by the 1980s (Bolino, 2003, 75). As a musical genre, hip-hop consists of four main components: (a) rapping, which has become the most prominent aspect to emerge in hip-hop; (b) graffiti, a social movement that first began in New York during the late 1960s, including spray painted murals, as well as identity “tags” such as names and symbols to claim territories; (c) DJing (audio mixing and scratching), which was the central element of early hip-hop; and (d) breakdancing, which consists of numerous types of dance moves including popping, locking, and up-rocking (www.zulunation.com). Hip-hop has grown to have a significant influence on music, dance, and art (Breward, 2003, ...