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When were sagging pants invented?

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The controversial practice of wearing sagging pants began in prisons and eventually worked its way into hip-hop culture. Although evidence of sagging dates back many centuries, it was not made an actual fashion statement until the 20th century, according to Snopes.com.

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When were sagging pants invented?
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Sagging was adopted by rap artists including Ice-T and Too Short to enhance their "tough guy" image. By 1995, the practice of wearing sagging pants had become part of teen culture, and no one needed to be a rapper or hip-hop artist to wear the style. Some young fashion followers, like the music group Kriss Kross, took the baggy-pants trend further by wearing them backwards.

Various municipalities have tried to ban sagging pants. In 2005, the Virginia House of Delegates passed the so-called "droopy drawers bill," which would have imposed a fine on people who wore pants so low that their underwear could be seen; the bill died in a Senate committee.

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