25 Years Later, Gwen Stefani Seems to be Again on the Music Video That Outlined Her ’90s Fashion

25 Years Later, Gwen Stefani Looks Back at the Music Video That Defined Her ’90s Style

How Stefani felt clearly resonated with individuals the world over, given the track’s runaway success; first on radio stations, then in packed-out stadiums on the two-year tour that adopted the only’s launch. Nonetheless, the video itself established the components that may come to outline Stefani’s iconic ’90s appears to be like, which gave the DIY fashion of Riot Grrrl icons like Kathleen Hanna and Kat Bjelland a kitschy, kaleidoscopic spin. Along with her cropped tank tops, dishevelled monitor pants, and tonged platinum-blond hair, the look mirrored her function because the frontwoman of a band in a closely male-dominated business, a sentiment she so skilfully expressed within the track’s lyrics. “I don’t think I thought too much about wanting it to be a tomboy look, but I think the message behind the video was the divide between the genders,” Stefani explains. “That separation of the two genders is something we saw our whole lives, and I think ‘Just a Girl’ was just about coming of age and being aware of your sexuality.”

It was this divide, nonetheless, that Stefani was compelled to play with in her vogue decisions. “I really liked the idea of mashing time periods together, so my face and hair would be inspired by a glamorous screen siren from the olden days, and from my chin down, I was quite masculine in the way that I dressed. But then it would be fun to find one girly thing to add, like, I’d let my bra straps show and let them be a contrasting color or put diamonds on the bra straps. I was really into this whole sort of masculine and feminine thing at the same time. It’s weird, I didn’t really think about it then, but I really was. It was very natural, though—it wasn’t really thought out. It was just everything that I loved put together.” 

Whereas the bindis that additionally shaped a key a part of her fashion could also be met with a extra divisive response as we speak, the inclusion of them in her appears to be like was equally private and heartfelt. “At that time, I was 25 and my boyfriend was Tony Kanal [Stefani’s No Doubt bandmate],” she remembers. “His family is Indian, and I grew up with him from age 17 to 26. I was over at his house every day. It was so fascinating to me to watch his mom come down the stairs completely done up in clothes and fabrics I had never seen before: glittery, sparkly, full of color. And of course she used to wear bindis. She gave me a bunch, and I just thought they were so beautiful, and I started making it my thing. Every time she would go to India, she would bring me some treasure back.”

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