Shunning the spectacles had been an inevitable part of any story that had a cinderella moment where its average plain Jane character metamorphosizes into an irresistible damsel. Ugly Betty, princess Mia, all these fictional characters who had an astonishing makeover had to toss away their glasses in order unleash that powerful and sexy inner goddesses within.
Pop culture of the past failed to see any harmony between brainy and sexy; calling someone a nerd, was akin to insult those days. Even superheroes like Superman and Spiderman preferred to hide their real selves behind awkward alter egos wearing nerdy glasses.
With the passage of time and fashion’s shifting loyalties, what used to be ‘uncool’ started becoming cool; the next thing you know, geek chic got mainstream, capitalising on the favourable wind.
Inclusiveness and plurality being the motto these days, words like sapiosexual — a neologistic word to define someone who is turned on by intelligence — has become voguish.
For millennials who scorn binary, brains matter equally as brawn, and they love to channel their inner geek with flamboyance. The geek look ooze sex appeal as well, however counterintuitive that would seem to a conformist.
In Bollywood as well, leading stars like Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Katrina Kaif, etc., often rock their off-duty look in glasses. In the West, models Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski are often credited for popularising the minimalist style with a dash of nerdiness. Even Mia Khalifa, the popular adult actress, seldom parts with her glasses.
Thanks to celebrities, #geekchic is one of the popular hashtags on Instagram these days.
Check out some of the Bollywood movies that portrayed heroines in glasses. Don’t they look spec(s)tacular?
(Image credit: Movie Talkies)