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The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures’s Associate Professor of Italian Rebecca Bauman spoke to Teen Vogue and broke down the recent mob wife fashion trend that sprung up early this year on TikTok. She explains that while male mafiosi narratives are embraced for their bravado and determination, mafia wives are derided as “cheap” because of their over-accessorizing, bright colors, and big hair.

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