A Short History Of Daisy Dukes

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The female trainer for the totally new forthcoming Pokémon: Black & White is wearing, as website Tiny Cartridge points out, Daisy Dukes. But what are Daisy Dukes?

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Jean shorts, a shorter and literally cooler version of blue jeans, were worn in the 1950s and 1960s as cut-offs. And it was in the late 1960s and early 1970s that they got short. Real short.

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From 1979 to 1985, the short shorts were immortalized by actress Catherine Bach. In her portrayal of country gal Daisy Duke in TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, she wore dangerously skimpy threads. Her shorts were so short that the network made her wear flesh colored tights!

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In 1993, the shorts saw a resurgence thanks to the rap song "Dazzey Duks", which reached number 12 on the Billboard charts. Both the original music video and the "clean" version were total, well, ass fiestas. The song held spawn a rebirth of Daisy Duke shorts — even among junior high schoolers.

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The turn of the century brought a Daisy Duke Renaissance. Sitcom Arrested Development (2003-2006) featured a character named Tobias who has a "never-nude" syndrome. In order to avoid seeing himself naked, he wears Daisy Duke-type shorts.

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With some many 1980s television shows being developed into feature films, it was inevitable that The Dukes of Hazzard got a big screen remake in 2005. Jessica Simpson played the role of Daisy Duke, shorts and all.

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Team Fortress 2 introduced gamers to rugged Aussie Saxton Hale. Saxton Hale introduced gamers to his awesome legs.

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Crunkcore group 3OH!3 named dropped Daisy Dukes in their 2009 hit single "Starstrukk".

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Outfitting the new "more mature" female trainer, 2010 sees Daisy Dukes making their way to Pokémon. Finally!

DISCUSSION

Those aren't Daisy Dukes, nor are the ones Daisy is wearing in the second pic. Dukes are cut-offs, not tailored shorts. The second pic was taken near the end of the show's run when the shorts had caught on so much that the seamstresses sewed them from scratch rather than cutting off jeans.

Also Daisy Dukes are DANGEROUSLY short... like important bits could fall out short. Hell I'm not even sure if the ones

Jessica simpson wore in the movie could be considered dukes... believe it or not they are too long!

The girl trainer is just wearing normal girls shorts (which are always really short). Also if you thought those white bits were torn edges or hanging pockets you were wrong. Those are clearly designs based on the flippers/paws of a pokemon. (Don't ask me which because I'm not enough of a nerd to know all their names.)