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Millennials and Gen Z are feuding over side parts and skinny jeans on TikTok

Gen Z has also declared laughing emojis are over

Chelsea Ritschel
New York
Saturday 20 February 2021 13:20 GMT
Millennials and Gen Z are feuding over side partings on TikTok
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There are just a few years between millennials and Gen Z, yet a fashion chasm has opened up between the two generations over a distaste for side parts and skinny jeans that appears too great to overcome.

The topic of side parts, and the older generations’ affinity for them, has been making its way around TikTok for months, with a viral video by a user who goes by Lady Gleep @missladygleep heightening the conversation over the summer after she encouraged her fellow TikTok users to “prove me wrong, but I don’t think there is a single person who looks better with a side part than they do a middle part”.

Lady Gleep is not alone in her opinion, as countless other members of her generation, which refers to those born after 1997, have denounced the side part while maintaining that the middle part is actually the more superior hair-parting style.

As of 18 February, the hashtag #middlepart has amassed more than 142.8m views on the app.

The discourse also made its way to Twitter, where millennials have attempted to understand Gen Z’s hatred towards side parts.

“Someone needs to write an article about TikTok teen’s obsession with hating on the side part (yes this is a thing) I am fascinated,” writer Jessica Valenti tweeted in October.

As a result, many millennials have found themselves in a difficult position, with some attempting to switch their hairstyles to fit in with the younger TikTok generation, while others have stood firm in their dedication to the side part.


27 years of side parting be gone ✨ 💁🏻‍♀️ ##middlepart

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