Tooth gems are trending — here’s why they’re not a trend

Some are saying a throwback trend is making a "comeback," while others say it never was a fad to begin with. Tooth gems, caps and grills were all the rage in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In the Y2K era, the teeth adornments were popularized by the hip-hop community. During the 1970s, New York City's West Indian immigrants introduced grills and caps into the culture, . which eventually made them staples in the Black community. The beauty industry is eager to capitalize on the trend now that white celebrities like Hailey Bieber have jumped on board. But in the U.S. Black and Brown people have long been stigmatized for their teeth accessories

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