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Tomboy is a type of girl who exhibits characteristics or behaviors considered typical of a boy. Common characteristics include wearing masculine clothing and engaging in games and activities that are physical in nature and are considered in many cultures to be unfeminine or the domain of boys. This aesthetic often features feminist themes. Tomboyish girls are free-spirited, tough, sassy, and wild. They love to do fun things and be free to live the way they like. They are also often more chill and quiet in comparison to other girls.

The tomboy concept has developed over the years, as stated in this article. Around the 1840s-1860s, the tomboy concept was actually rooted in racist and misogynistic ideas. Since white people feared that their race would die out, they became concerned for the health of white women and therefore encouraged them to lead more active and typically male life styles. This was also thought to prepare them for marriage and motherhood. This later linked to third wave feminism.

Some tomboyish girls identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community and are lesbian and/or queer, and tomboyism is often associated with Butch/Stud lesbianism and rejects traditional gender norms for girls and women, who identify with a more masculine identity. However, we do not need to be LGBTQ+ to be tomboyish. Anybody of any background, lifestyle, and orientation can be tomboyish.

Fashion[]

Tomboyish fashion consists of feminine outfits modeled after masculine fashions. Things such as:

  • Oversized shirts
  • Boyfriend jeans
  • Distressed stuff
  • Combat Boots
  • Sneakers(Nike,Converse, Adias)
  • Father's hats
  • Camo clothing
  • Tie-Dye clothing
  • Leather jackets
  • Flannel
  • Carhartt
  • T-shirts with a rock or metal band's logo and name on it
  • Clothing torn from physical activity
  • Skull belt buckles

Often times, however, it can be paired with more feminine fashion accessories, such as golden hoop earrings.

Stores[]

Contrary to popular belief, many tomboyish girls still like shopping, albeit usually not at the same stores or types of stores as girly girls. However, there can sometimes be overlap.

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  • Hobby Lobby
  • Michael’s
  • Eddie Baeur
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Tilly's
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Hot Topic or Box Lunch
  • Spencer’s
  • Spirit Halloween
  • Target
  • Forever 21
  • Urban Outfitters
  • H&M
  • American Eagle
  • Hollister
  • Abercrombie and Fitch
  • Aeropostale
  • Dillards
  • Ace Hardware
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe’s
  • Best Buy
  • Game Stop

Makeup/Hair[]

Tomboyish-styled makeup can be anywhere from none at all to heavy. Some makeup styles can include:

  • Light eyeshadow ( Pale pink, browns/tans, oranges, light grey)
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Bronzer
  • Tinted lip balm
  • Filled/defined brows

Popular tomboyish hairstyles are things like messy buns, short cuts, naturals, and ponytails.

Media[]

Television[]

  • Daria (MTV)
  • Holly Hobbie & Friends
  • Gravity Falls
  • Amphibia
  • The Ghost and Molly McGee
  • Martha Speaks
  • Big City Greens
  • Kiff (TV series)

Film[]

  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Foxfire
  • Girlfight
  • Hard Candy
  • Just One of the Guys
  • The Legend of Billie Jean
  • Tomboy

Literature[]

  • The Hunger Games
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Wildwood
  • Clementine
  • Judy Moody
  • Meddling Kids
  • Percy Jackson
  • The Penderwicks
  • Cinder
  • Ruby Holler

Characters[]

  • Buttercup (The Powerpuff Girls)
  • Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • Rainbow Dash (My Little Pony)
  • Applejack (My Little Pony)
  • Noodle (Gorillaz, specifically phase 1 and 2)
  • Wendy Corduroy (Gravity Falls)
  • Vanellope Von Schweetz (Wreck-It Ralph)
  • Max (Stranger Things)
  • Eleven (Stranger Things)
  • Sandy Cheeks (SpongeBob SquarePants)
  • Sam Puckett (iCarly)
  • Lynn Loud Jr. (The Loud House)
  • Lana Loud (The Loud House)
  • Rosie Redd (Rainbow Rangers)
  • Indigo Allfruit (Rainbow Rangers)
  • Toodee (Yo Gabba Gabba)
  • Ashley Spinelli (Recess)
  • Merida(Brave)
  • Edith(Despicable Me)
  • Sailor Jupiter (Sailor Moon)

Music[]

Genres popular within the aesthetic include:

  • Blues rock
  • Psychedelic rock
  • Jazz fusion
  • Southern rock
  • Jam band
  • Progressive rock
  • Garage rock
  • Industrial rock
  • Heavy metal
  • Hard rock
  • Hardcore punk
  • Hardcore hip hop
  • Hardcore techno
  • Thrash metal
  • Industrial metal
  • Grunge

Activities[]

  • Sports (such as soccer and basketball)
  • Video games (especially ones in the action-adventure genre)
  • Physical activity (such as climbing or running)
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Taxidermy
  • Horseback racing
  • Collecting pocket knives
  • Treasure hunting
  • Star-gazing
  • Yardwork
  • Rock Collecting

Contrary to popular belief, not all tomboyish girls are "dumb" or "hate school." Many tomboyish girls like academic subjects that involve action or adventure such as history, geography, geology, biology, paleontology, astronomy, anthropology, archaeology, and photography. Some of them also like action and adventure books as well as technology and engineering.

Culinary[]

  • Granola bars
  • Oatmeal
  • Trail mix
  • Game meat
  • Candy bars
  • Potato chips

Many tomboyish girls also like to drink beer, whiskey, or vodka but other alcohol such as wine, margaritas, and martinis can be a bit too girly for them.

Subgenres[]

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Bro Hoe[]

Bro Hoe is a more sexualized version of the Tomboy aesthetic, described as "McBling but with more edgy & masculine elements". Bro Hoes are usually defined as girls who hang around guys who dirtbike or are tattoo artists. Because of the edgy element to Bro Hoe, there is some crossover with the Scene aesthetic as well, although Bro Hoe doesn't go as over-the-top and alt as Scene does.

Fashion[]

Bro Hoe fashion revolves around graphic tees, often from brands such as Ed Hardy, Metal Mulisha, Konflict, Famous, and Affliction, as well as accessories such as bandanas, baseball caps, piercings, and tattoos. Clothing with the Monster logo or the "Trucker girl" on it are also popular amongst the Bro Hoes.

Media[]

TV Shows[]
  • Rock of Love (2007)
  • Daisy of Love (2009)
  • Jersey Shore (2009)
Music[]
  • 3OH!3
  • Lil' Jon
  • Pitbull
  • Usher

Resources[]

External links to help get a better understanding of this aesthetic.

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