Latest Hipster Fad: A Potbelly

Have men given up? Or is the president somehow to blame?

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 13, 2009 12:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – A new trend is emerging among hipster males. No, not the Hanes V-neck or the straw fedora—the potbelly. The protruding guts are too prominent to write off, so what accounts for the fad? Well, hipsters love nonconformism, so some blame President Obama, a magazine editor tells Guy Trebay of the New York Times: “If we had a slob in the White House, all the hipsters would turn into some walking Chippendales calendar.”

Another editor has a different opinion: “I sort of think the six-pack abs obsession got so prissy it stopped being masculine,” he says—sort of like manscaping and spray-on tans. Or maybe the perfect male specimen never really existed, a personal trainer says: “The only time you really see that guy, he’s standing in front of an Abercrombie & Fitch store.”

Potbellies are the new hipster fashion fad.
Potbellies are the new hipster fashion fad.   (©Paul Keleher)
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When do you ever see that guy, anyway? The only time you really see that guy, he’s standing in front of an Abercrombie & Fitch store. It’s the same guy. They just move him around. - Robert Morea, personal fitness trainer, on super-fit males

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