>> Thursday, December 23, 2010
Not just any ol' grill, but open-faced gold ones. Something happens with that gold twinkle hits my eyes.
When the Trending Topic landed in my Twitter timeline, I posted: #secretturnon Women with open-face gold ones. hahaha.
It was funny in the moment. I later went through my retweets for the month and came across this message: "My Kryptonite: girls with "open face gold ones.""
At this point, I don't know what prompted that first tweet, but there is clearly a pattern of confused desire.
Thinking back to where this habit may have formed, I have four theories:
- An elder in the community, a grandma, or somebody had gold teeth. My affinity for them has led to my perceived attraction to shorties with the grill
- When grills were poppin' in my high school days, I remember some pretty fly young ladies who had gold teeth. Maybe, I have a delayed/latent attraction
- Maybe it was Halle Berry in BAPS?
- There's something I associate with the gold teeth that I'm feeling.
Although there is something distinctly African about grills, I don't necessarily associate gold teeth with only Black folks. Besides the fact that young Latinos, South East Asians and White Folks get gold teeth too (in the Bay Area), I've regularly seen older Asians with gold teeth.
Unfortunately, Google Images doesn't appear to provide any justification for my fashionable fetish. Every single search combination I've tried brings up Flavor Flav. Not a turn-on.
Gold teeth is a form of facial adornment. It's definitely gotten way too out of hand. Then again, if I had disposal income, I might do that. But I'll get braces before gold teeth. (Don't worry ladies, I'm keeping the gap).
It's not something I see often these days. Then again, I don't travel down South as frequently as I used to. But even in Oakland, there were some woman--of good pedigree--rocking the grillz. But in this economy, it's not a wise investment.
But it's still cute.
After watching this video, I think I think I changed my mind.
Photo Credit: Watchyoursetup.com, NYTimes.com, © Paul Barton/Corbis, Grillz Video