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Youth Radio's the Best of "What's the New What?" (Series)

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This year-end roundup of the most provocative trends includes Sex Without Condoms is the New Engagement Ring, Killing is the New Fighting, and more.

Most recent piece in this series:

Gay Fashion is the New Straight Fashion

From Youth Radio | Part of the Youth Radio's the Best of "What's the New What?" series | 02:55

Markanthonywaters_small Youth Radio's Mark Anthony Waters used to hear straight guys in his inner-city neighborhood whisper about his style on the bus. Now, they're copying his look, trading in their blue jeans, white T-shirts and Nikes for, "big shiny sunglasses, sparkling necklaces, tight-legged jeans and a cute shirt"- a style once considered gay in his neighborhood. He says that the trend is influenced by hip-hop stars like Pharrell, Kanye West and Cam'ron sporting the fashion-forward style on TV. Though the world of hip-hop fashion is obsessed with looking and acting tough, Waters finds that, "there is nothing tougher than being who you are, without apologizing."

This story is part of Youth Radio's Best of What's the New What? series, which asks what new trends in youth culture are replacing old trends. In short: What's the New What?