This week, another mainstream news outlet decided to declare a new trend for the upcoming winter season. What is it, you ask? Timberlands aka Timbs. Yes, Timbs. Elle Magazine has declared Timbs are the “new” thing.
Earlier this week Elle’s Fashion Editor Danielle Prescod wrote about how her prediction for Timbs to be the next big thing. She wrote:
Last summer, it was the beloved hippie sandal, the Birkenstock, that was resurrected by the fashion pack. This season, I predict a similar ascent to fashion greatness for the classic Timberland boot. Here’s why: All cool girls are wearing Timbs, from Cara Delevingne to Rihanna to Gwen Stefani. (And it’s no coincidence that they all hang out, either—cool begets cool. I’m not saying she’s not cool, but Taylor Swift has never been photographed in a Timberland.) Anyway, now that stylish babies North West and Blue Carter have been spotted in Timbs—and they just learned how to walk—I know that they’re about to explode. They. Are. Happening.
There was of course the usual backlash on Black Twitter, questioning if Danielle had ever met Black people before, seeing as how we’ve been wearing Timbs for years. But, plot twist: Danielle Prescod is Black.
Once Black Twitter came for her neck and everything in her purse in their typical fast and furious way, Danielle tried to defend herself:
Wow wow wow wow. People please. What I am saying is that ALL cool girls wear timbs and am predicting a mainstream absorption this season.
— Danielle Prescod (@danielleprescod) October 8, 2014
@danielleprescod so you’re saying the millions that made timberland successful wasn’t cool and it’s just now trending?
— Me-luh not Mel-uh (@FunSizeMela) October 8, 2014
@danielleprescod so basically the millions of ppl that have been wearing Timbs winter after winter didn’t start this trend, white celebs did
— Excuse My English (@JustTori__) October 8, 2014
@danielleprescod So you told Elle that Timbs were the new style?!?
— Mellow Yellow (@_DGood_) October 8, 2014
A mainstream absorption? You mean white people? And someone asked her if cool girls means Black girls? Ha! The article has since been removed from the site and it’s no wonder why. Listen, I really don’t have the time or energy to conjure up some faux outrage for this, but I do wonder why Danielle didn’t mention that Timbs have been worn by everyday Black people for decades. This is not like a white writer for the LA Times declaring that cornrows are the “new” thing. A Black woman had the opportunity to shout us and she didn’t. The fact that she mentioned North West and Blue Carter are wearing Timbs (as if they dress themselves) without mentioning Kanye West, Jay Z, Beyoncé and her Manolo Timbs, hip hop, “urban” fashion, or Black people is just laughable and ludicrous. We expect the erasure of our culture and trends to come from people who don’t look like us, but I guess Danielle has absorbed some of the mainstream ways. Such a shame.
Diana Veiga is a Spelman woman, a DC resident, and a freelance writer. Of course, she’s also on Twitter.