Allie Weber

High School girls are judged for having VSCO accounts, even if they don’t fit the criteria of the stereotype (Photo Courtesy of Allie Weber).

VSCO, a social media platform used to post and edit photos, has blown up over the past year;  the popular app can be found on almost every teenager’s phone, which in turn, combines all of the popular trends so they end up in one place. Hydroflasks, Jeeps, puka shell jewelry, and environmentally-friendly metal straws are among these fads, which all morph together to ultimately create: the VSCO girl. 

The idea of a VSCO girl didn’t come about until Emma Chamberlain, a YouTube “Dote Girl”, became popular on social media. The influencer is often wearing stereotypical VSCO girl clothing, like white vans, Fjällräven Kånken backpacks, and crop tops, and using common mannerisms, which influences her eight million plus YouTube subscribers. There was nothing wrong with this behavior until more teenage girls started acting similarly. Then, a stigma began to form around the app users, where it is almost now considered annoying or even unacceptable to be classified as a VSCO girl. 

“Honestly, people should just let them be. They shouldn’t be criticized for liking certain things. [A VSCO girl is] just trying to live her best life,” said junior Kylie Roach.

Many high school students view the mannerisms used by VSCO girls as annoying, which, to be quite honest, can be true, but it is mostly being said as a joke. The two most popular phrases, “and I Oop” and “sksksks”, however, came from TikTok, another popular form of social media. The piercing sound of “sksksksk”, can be heard echoing through the hallways of highschools around the nation, but it seems as though it is being said in a mocking way and is never said by an actual “VSCO girl”. 

“It is the most annoying thing since sliced bread, but, to be honest I don’t find it that annoying, it’s just society [that] tells me [what to] think,” said junior Cody Vogel.

But why is being classified as a VSCO girl such a problem? What is wrong with wanting to wear cute clothes, being trendy, or using the same slang as other people?

The fact of the matter is that there is nothing wrong with it. Other people who aren’t included or involved in a trend tend to make fun of or mock it, especially if it is widespread. One can see this in everyday life but especially in high school. When a trend is started, for example, many people jump on the bandwagon because they like said trend or their friends are taking part in it. However, when others are singled out because they aren’t or can’t participate, they mock those who are participating in the trend. An example of this would be Birkenstocks. In recent years, Birks became extraordinarily popular amongst high school students, particularly girls. Then, those who didn’t have them called them “Jesus Sandals” or “Jerusalem Cruisers.” While there’s nothing wrong with that, it makes it seem as though there is something foul about them. 

Giving someone a hard time about something they enjoy, how they act, or simply who they were created to be, does not encourage community. It doesn’t encourage an accepting environment or a cordial one. VSCO girls are a miniscule example of this subject, but this idea can be enlarged to see a bigger picture. What if we gave people trouble for being homosexual, or having a disability, or struggling with a mental illness? We as a society shouldn’t judge someone for their persona because this is the most unique characteristic a person can have. It can be taken to heart due to the fact that they cannot change this about themselves, and when we diminish that value, it seems as though they are worthless and must conform to society to be accepted. Our planet would be extraordinarily boring if we were all the same, so we should embrace these differences, no matter how abnormal we believe them to be. 

“[Embracing our differences] would make life easier. We would all be okay with our own personalities, and wouldn’t feel inclined to compare ourselves with others,” said Roach.