If you told me that in the early 2000s, people protected themselves from mal de ojo with massive shades with heavily tinted lenses, I wouldn’t be surprised. Tego Calderon often sported the butterfly-shaped shades, while Daddy Yankee flaunted (and still does opt for) aviators, and others like Ivy Queen tapped out of the fad entirely because a reina does whatever she wants.
Now, in the last few years, the new wave of pop urbano artists have flipped the switch, accessorizing with the smallest, sheerest specs possible. Most recently, J Balvin pushed the limits with red, pea-sized lenses that wouldn’t cover an eye in its entirety even if it were combined and turned into a monocle. Still, I found myself wondering where he got them.
With the exception of those who need to wear shades at all times for medical reasons, there’s absolutely no one who doesn’t look ridiculous with shades on indoors or after sundown. These tiny specs, on the other hand, are clearly a fashion statement and leave the windows to the soul widely exposed. Here are a few urbano artists who are hoping to ride this wave into the sun (though not literally because their eyes are all but protected in these babies).