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CESJDS must implement diversity programming otherwise it will cause a gap between JDS students and the greater world.
CESJDS needs to implement more education on diversity
Sadaf Zadeh, Reporter • November 28, 2023

Private school students worldwide face the same issue after graduation: being sheltered. After years of growing up around the same general group...

JDS students from Shepherd Park travel about 7 miles to and from school each day.
Neighborhood creates intricate carpool system to adapt to long commute
Maya Greenblum, Reporter • November 28, 2023

Although a lot of the CESJDS community resides in nearby Montgomery County, over 20 of its families commute daily from a neighborhood located...

The American public responds with their opinions on celebrities voicing opinions on politics
Celebrities need to educate themselves before making statements on political issues
Sophie Schwartz, Reporter • November 28, 2023

Celebrities have a tremendous influence on society. From the shoes they wear to who they should vote for, celebrities have the ability to sway...

Gen-Z is not #livelaughloving the cheugy style

Ellie Levine
Kaylah Goldrich poses in front of a butterfly wall, with the clothing, editing and background exuding cheugyness. Goldrich was in middle school at this time, when these types of photos were trendy.

Are you a fan of the side part? Do skinny jeans make it into your wardrobe essentials? Is your love for products from Home Goods unmatched? Do you sip your coffee from a glitzy tumbler? Well, brace yourself because, according to Gen-Z, you might be labeled as “cheugy” or, let’s face it, just a typical millennial.

The New York Times has neatly wrapped “cheugy” in a definition: an adjective meant to describe someone either stuck in the past or trying a bit too hard to fit in. 

This term has been all the rage on TikTok, with over 30 million views under its hashtag. According to these users, liking Disney as an adult, tall Ugg boots, and jean jackets falls under the cheugy category.

The mastermind behind this word is Gaby Rasson, a 23-year-old software developer in Los Angeles, who coined the term during her high school days. She was searching for the perfect term to describe those who seemed to be trying a tad too hard. “Cheugy” seemed to embody what she was looking for, and the way it sounded fit the meaning perfectly, she explained to The New York Times.

For those yearning to keep up with the younger generation and avoid being dubbed a “cheug,” here’s a handy guide:

  1. Stay away from Buzzfeed surveys and perhaps Buzzfeed altogether.
  2. Refrain from unironically buying “Girlboss” stickers for your laptop or planner.
  3. Skip purchasing “Live, Love, Laugh” signs to adorn your living space or, for that matter, any home decor from Target. 
  4. Opt for a middle part, and embrace baggy jeans while bidding farewell to your skinny ones.
  5. Anything from Lilly Pulitzer is a no-go.
  6. Say no to cheesy hashtags and filters on social media. 

However, as with any trend, some oppose using this word, branding it as misogynistic and classist. TikTok user Kiera Breaugh (@kierabreaugh) conveyed her perspective on this, emphasizing how thinking oneself superior to other women, especially when linked to consumerism, is misogyny. The comment section of her video echoed this sentiment, highlighting concerns about fast fashion and the importance of allowing women to enjoy what they like.

This trend is just a glimpse of generational differences, showcasing the cyclical nature of trends and styles. After all, one day, Gen-Z will find themselves on the other side of the fence, when one day, Lululemon leggings and Starbucks drinks are no longer in style.

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