I loooovveeee crop tops. As someone who grew up being hyper conscious about their body because of the media, I always felt empowered everytime I saw someone wearing one. Even as I get older I tend to gravitate toward this article of clothing that seems to be about body empowerment. However, the older I get the more I realize that loving your body is a radical notion, according to a lot of societal standards. I think the conversation needs to shift as a reflection of society itself and its harmful notions of HOW someone needs to love themselves in order to be properly perceived as non-threatening in an imperialistic, patriarchal society.

Right now, you might not be asking yourselves “How did these pieces of iconic fashion come to be?” But in case you were, I got you covered.

A young Will Smith wearing a crop top
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