Jeans or trousers hanging on hips, a sticking elastic from pants is segging. Originated in the environment of the abducted African Americans, this fashion has now finally become the mainstream among all. Although segging in the wrong place you can still sit down. "Lenta.ru report"Figured out the history of the mast pants.
On the other side of the lattice
There is no dispute about where the segging originated, and never has been. They do not argue about what caused the birth of such an unusual fashion. In 1980s, belt belts were banned in most US prisons, as prisoners could use them as weapons or as suicide weapons. As for the prison robe, it was available only a few sizes, and, quite large. Prisoners, in this case, as a rule, got their pants not on the figure, but more than a couple of sizes. As a result, many inmates had trousers dangling on their hips, gathered in baggy folds along the entire length of their legs, and almost fell when they moved quickly.
At the beginning of 1990, many young African-Americans and Hispanics, on returning to freedom, continued to wear flat pants, emphasizing their status as an ex-convict, and, consequently, their own authority in the harsh ghetto world. Pretty soon they began to imitate those who had not yet sat, but led the life of a street gangster.
The first half of 1990's was the heyday of gangsta rap with his stories about the crimes committed in the texts, indispensable photos with pistols in their hands and external copying of gang members. Stars like Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg did not disdain to even dress like the members of Blades and Crips, so the segging quickly became routine for them. Naturally, rap fans across America began to copy idols pretty quickly. It doesn’t matter that you are from a middle-class family, and in the ghetto your mother forbids you to drive in, lowered your pants - and already a gangster.
Against this background, a second legend appeared about the origin of the Sagging. Say, in US prisons only those prisoners who either were ready for sexual relations with other inmates or had already been “lowered” lowered their pants. And a beautiful legend about segging as a symbol of the coolness of the imprisoned person was thought up already at large as a cover. One way or another, but in the second half of 90's, pop stars, rappers, and young students, and stern ghetto men shone elastic bands from underpants.
On the first coming of the segging, as a rule, chinos, sweatpants, shorts and bermudas were lowered. In African-American culture, pants were lowered so strongly that almost all buttocks were visible, but mainstream lovers of segging preferred to light only a wide elastic band from underwear. By the beginning of 2000's, the hobby for sagging in pop culture had disappeared, but the rappers continued to lower their pants for a while during their performances. However, this was more likely for the performers of the new wave, like Ludacris and Nelly, who introduced fashion for sports suits among rappers, the pants of which were hanging on the hips.
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All changed by a teenager
By the end of 2000's, the segging finally shrank to the ghetto level. Those who stayed continued to lower the pants, but those who did not sit were no longer dressed. Everything was changed by a teenager who did not sit and was not going to the zone, but really wanted to get rid of the image of a sweet boy and become a real brutal. His name was Justin Bieber. Having successfully completed puberty and earning tens of millions with sugary songs about teenage love, in 2010, Bieber decided to radically change his image and become cool.
A Canadian perfectly captured the global trend of turning R'n'B, and then rap into a trendy mainstream, and, at least visually, became a real successor to 2Pac and Ludacris. A cap with a flat visor, a torso covered in tattoos, a massive chain around his neck, pants hanging on the hips, which seemed not to cover the underpants at all, to be a black rapper, Bieber lacked only skin color and rap.
The only exception to the Sagging classic that a Canadian has allowed himself is the replacement of chinos and baggy skinny jeans. Since the return of the lowered pants did not occur from below, but from above, the new fashion spread again faster than on its first run. In addition, in 2010-s, girls were also fascinated with sagging. Initially, in African-American culture, segging was a purely male fashion phenomenon, and even with its transition to the mainstream in 1990, there were few female seggers.
The most prominent examples are No Doubt soloist Gwen Stefani and members of the Destiny's Child group Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Moreover, the latter signed an advertising contract with Tommy Hilfiger and appeared at various events in the sports underwear of the brand - the elastic of underwear was sticking out from under the pants, and the bra was visible due to the unbuttoned zipper of a denim or sports jacket.
During the second wave of segging, to lower the pants, showing the elastic of the underpants to everyone, the singers, actresses and models began. And not only African-American. Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Poppy Delevin and many others were spotted during the segging. Naturally, it was not without the interest of manufacturers of underwear. If during the first wave of segging Tommi Hilfiger was his main supporter, then during the second wave Calvin Klein intercepted the championship. Underwear of this American brand most celebrities. A little later, they joined the trend in Supreme, not hesitating to show segging in their advertising shootings.
However, most mainstream stars were limited to only demonstrating the elastic of their sports underwear, especially since models with wide white, black or red elastic bands with the brand name written on them in large letters appeared in the range of almost all lingerie manufacturers. The Tru Seaggers, which showed up almost all the cowards as a whole, were still only rappers. Rappers and justin bieber.
Above the law
The absolute majority of modern lovers to lower their pants are not only not sitting, but also trying to get as far as possible from any associations with crime. However, in some states of the United States, for the very fact of segging, one can run into problems with the law and even go to jail.
The legislators of the state of Virginia started the fight against the seggers, where in February 2005 of the year a bill was proposed, according to which the appearance in a public place in pants lowered in lewd or indecent manner was punished with a fine of 50 dollars. But the Senate Commission rejected the bill. Much more successful were the legislators of the city of Albany, Alabama. According to the adopted city law, between the edge of trousers or skirts and hips there should be a distance not exceeding three inches. The first violation of the law was punishable by a fine of 25 dollars, the second and subsequent violations were fined by 250 dollars. In the first year of the law, 187 citizens were fined, and the total amount of fines was 3 916 dollars.
In 2011, segging was banned in all schools in the state of Florida, and in Fort Worth, Texas, seggers were banned from using city buses. And the controllers drove more than 50 people out of buses. A number of airlines have ceased to let seggers on board, even if these seggers were stars and millionaires. Thus, US Airways did not allow the star of the team on American football at the University of New Mexico Deshon Merman, and at Southwest Airlines, singer Billie Joe Armstrong.
Then began and landing. In 2012, in Alabama, 20-year-old offender Lamarcus Ramsay went to prison for three days for coming to court in his low pants. In 2013, the nonprofit organization of the Black Mental Health Alliance (Black Mental Health Alliance) in Massachusetts lobbied for amending the public disorder law that would allow the seggers to be sent to jail for three years. Fortunately, the matter did not go further than the PR campaign and the loud discussion in the local media.
Nevertheless, it is still possible to go to prison for a decent period for wearing lowered pants in the United States. In the town of Ocala, Florida, appearing in a public place in lowered pants, from which you can see underwear, is punished with a fine of 500 dollars or imprisonment for up to six months. Similar penalties apply in Wildwood, New Jersey. So before lowering, it is better to study local legislation.