Tiny Sunglasses Are Taking Over Hollywood But Not Everyone Is Happy
Jeepers creepers someone protect your peepers!
Hollywood A-listers are well known for rockin' the best looks season after season -- and the latest red carpet trend is definitely raising a few eyebrows -- but for all the wrong reasons.
Everyone from supermodels to pop stars, is wearing tiny, small-framed sunglasses. But seriously, what gives, people?
Most recently, Kylie Jenner left us questioning, "why?" as she stepped out on the red carpet at the Met Gala of all places wearing bejeweled Alexander Wang specs. And not long after, Kristen Stewart attended a film premiere at Cannes donning a pair of small frames.
And we're not the only ones questioning the trend -- eye doctors are suggesting the petite frames may actually be doing more harm than good. It was reported that the small nature of the frames exposes our eyes to the harmful rays of the sun.
As Ophthalmologist Rahul Pandit from the Blanton Eye Institute at Houston Methodist Hospital explained, "With smaller frames, more light is going to get around. Larger frames are going to protect you more.”
“The issue with UV light in the eyes is similar to the skin. Both UVA and UVB light can hit the eye and cause different types of damage,” Dr. Pandit said.
Prolonged exposure to the sun's harmful rays has also been linked to eye damage -- including the part of your retina called the macula, increasing your risk of developing macula degeneration -- which is responsible for more half of all cases of vision loss in Australia.
What's more alarming, ultraviolet rays may even play a role in the development of cataracts -- a clouding of your eye's lens -- as well as other growths on the surface of your eyes, including pterygiums and pingueculas, which equally impede vision.
Although cataracts and macula degeneration both take years to develop, as Dr Pandit advised, the short-term dangers of wearing petite-framed specs may, indeed, increase your risk of developing eye damage.
We saw the long term effects of sun damage recently, as none other than Her Majesty the Queen, donned a pair of dark shades at Epsom Derby at Epsom Racecourse to shield her peepers following cataract surgery.
But we digress ... So who do we have to blame for this revival?
According to reports, it would appear Kanye West.
In an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians, West's wife, Kim Kardashian herself said the rapper had specifically asked her to never wear "big sunglasses" again -- umm, controlling much?
"It's all about tiny little glasses," Kim said in the episode.
However -- thank the fashion gods! -- not everyone is convinced. Many A-listers have even taken to social media to share their thoughts on the teeny sunnies crisis.
Ryan Reynolds took some time away from his wife -- and blonde babe -- Blake Lively to post a pic of himself wearing teeny-weenie shades.
"I'm really into the whole tiny sunglasses trend," he wrote. "Thanks for your support everyone!"
Mindy Kaling also took to Twitter to share her two cents.
“I think we will regret this tiny sunglasses look,” she tweeted.
Ocean's 8 co-star Anne Hathaway also showed her disdain for the puny specs by posting a follow up message on Instagram.
"I’ll sit this one out with you xx," she wrote.
It's possible West may have been inspired by Rhianna's go-to costume designer, Adam Selman, who coincidentally designed a capsule range of tiny sunglasses for Le Specs in 2017.
Needless to say the collection was embraced by the likes of Hollywood millenials, including Bella and Gigi Hadid, as well as Kendall Jenner.
In two minds about whether to join them? Well we'll say it again: experts say wearing larger sunnies will actually protect your peepers from the sun's harmful rays.
And that's no sight for sore eyes.
Feature image: Getty.