»All the guys want her and all the girls want to be her.«, says the Urban Dictionary when asked what an »IT girl« is. But is that definition enough? Can anyone be an IT girl, or is that reserved only for the rich and famous?
A BIT OF HISTORY
At the beginning of the 20th century, 'it girl' was a slang in British upper class, meaning beautiful, young, stylish girl with sex appeal. But it was Rudyard Kipling, English poet, and writer, who first used the term 'it' in literature in 1904, saying: "It isn't beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It's just 'It'." Elinor Glyn, who wrote the book 'It' and later screenplay for it, said: "With 'It,' you win all men if you are a woman and all women if you are a man. 'It' can be a quality of the mind as well as a physical attraction."
In the 2000s, 'It girl' were girls like Paris Hilton. 'It girls' became wealthy girls being pictured going to parties and hanging with celebrities. Then came the era of reality TV and social media. Today's IT are Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung, etc. Fashion bloggers are a big part of everything 'it' nowadays. They feel like someone you know, and they are someone you look up to. To make them 'it girls' is their stamp in the fashion industry, them being everywhere you look and everyone wishing to have their life.
CAN I BE AN 'IT GIRL'?
Not anyone can be 'it'. At least not on the global level. The modern 'it girls' have made it very hard to come on their level, with more million followers, fashion deals, etc. However, you can and should aspire to be someone others look up to and someone they want to be more like. No matter the term, being a good role model for someone is something you should always aspire to be. So there you have it, what makes an 'IT GIRL'.
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