What is a Metrosexual?
A metrosexual is a male who takes pride in his appearance through the use of beauty products, monitoring calories, and dressing in trendy styles. A metrosexual is usually a straight male who has tendencies often associated with females or gay men when it comes to appearance and style. The term “metrosexual” is believed to have been first used in print in 1994 by Mark Simpson, a British journalist. Writing about metrosexuality in 1994, Simpson now says, “Truth is, I was not being entirely serious when I first wrote about metrosexuality back in 1994… I was being slightly satirical about the effect of consumerism and media proliferation, particularly glossy men’s magazines, on traditional masculinity.” Satirical or not, the emergence of metrosexuals became strong in the decade following Simpson’s first use of the term in print. Metrosexuals are generally: • Concerned with appearance to the point of using beauty products to enhance their appearance. • Not afraid of having treatments done,
A number of musicians working in the 1970s and 1980s, such as glam rocker David Bowie or Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, often spent hours before appearances applying heavy make-up and hair styling products to achieve an androgynous look on stage. This practice of heterosexual men affecting certain aspects of a feminine or homosexual lifestyle eventually earned the moniker of metrosexual. A metrosexual is said to be a straight man in touch with his feminine side, especially when it comes to personal grooming and appearance. A homosexual British journalist is often credited with putting the term “metrosexual” in print first, but others have claimed usage since the 1980s. At first, a metrosexual was considered to be a heterosexual man who affected certain homosexual mannerisms, but later the term described any straight male who invested heavily in skin care products, colognes, male cosmetics and fashionable clothing. A modern metrosexual may not exhibit any homosexual mannerisms at all, and i