I believe I became aware of the term “it girl” while looking at one of the many fashion magazines I read. I always wanted to be an “it girl” because that would mean that I was beautiful, cool, popular, trendsetting, and fashionable, like Chloe Sevigny – at least that was what I thought it meant to be an “it girl.” I think the most recent “it girl” that springs to mind is Kate Upton.
However, I was curious about the term and looked up “it girl” on Wikipedia. Here’s what I found:
“It girl” is a term for a young woman who possesses the quality “it”, absolute attraction. The early usage of the concept “it” in this meaning may be seen in the short story Mrs. Bathurst by Rudyard Kipling: “It isn’t beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It’s just ‘it’.” While “it girls” of today are commonly young females in the worlds of fashion or show-business, the original concept focused on personality. Kipling’s Mrs. Bathurst was a middle-aged widow.
Elinor Glyn lectured: ‘It’ can be a quality of the mind as well as a physical attraction. “Personality plus,” was the rock-bottom definition and ”conceit” destroyed “it”.
The movie “It” was planned as a special showcase for the popular Paramount Studios star Clara Bow, introducing the term “It” to the cultural lexicon. Bow said she wasn’t sure what “it” meant.
So judging by Wkipedia, “it” can be a quality of the mind, with the focus on personality. Because I prefer the early usage of the concept “it” as opposed to the later one, I wanted to create a new monthly category – The Speaking of Beauty Monthly “It Girl.” (I am, however a bit stymied by the “girl” part, I am open to suggestions). Our “it girl” for February is Cynthia Oredugba. To me, Cynthia embodies strength, beauty, vision – most assuredly an “it girl.”