Hot Girl Summer

Image:    Sarah LeClair

Image: Sarah LeClair

Hot girl summer is a common phrase used on twitter and other social media platforms. But in all honesty, hot girl summer is so much more than that. It represents solidarity extending beyond gender, class, and creed; the themes behind having a hot girl summer, fall, winter, or spring, are inspirational and at its core, represent the core values of feminism. In this essay I will explore the themes and history of the term, and it's cultural impact.

The term originated as the title of American rapper Megan Thee Stallion's song "Hot Girl Summer", released in August 2019. The song promotes strong women being confident in themselves no matter the opinions of others, especially men. Strong women don't depend on men, they depend on themselves and the strength of other women. Stallion tweeted “Being a Hot Girl is about being unapologetically YOU, having fun, being confident, living YOUR truth, being the life of the party etc. These themes are obviously feminist in their female empowerment, but through the online community, "Hot Girl Summer" has proliferated to embody much deeper meaning.

By being hash-tagged over 100,000 times on Instagram, populating the Twitter community, and being a defining term of the 2019 summer, the hot girl summer has become an influential, feminist call to action that completely disregards gender. Despite using the word "girl", the term refers to all guys, gals, and nonbinary pals who take pride in their selfies, wear their favorite outfit to a party, or go to class to educate themselves. Anyone and everyone is a "hot girl" as long as they put active effort into being the best version of themselves. There are no boundaries to living one's best life. As above stated, anything from stereotypically vain activities (like posting selfies) to mundane activities (like doing homework) can be considered to improve one's life. And thus, can also be a hot girl action.

The popularization of such a term, that in a way romanticizes self care, healthy decisions, and self confidence, benefit everyone. The exploitive self confidence being advertised is, in my opinion, amazingly good. People who love themselves unconditionally will be less prone to negative habits and will likely be happier in general. The way this often comes across is through selfies and obsessions with aesthetics. Its even common to make fun of people for these trends, such as making fun of VSCO girls. But why do people get such enjoyment from making fun of others, who are simply enjoying their hot girl life? It could be due to jealousy of perceived happiness. It could also be due to frustration at these trends empowering others to enjoy things that individuals just dont enjoy.

So what should we do with this information? Go out and live our hot girl lives. We should be happy for women and men to enjoy their trends no matter how much we individually enjoy them. And most of all, we should just be happy.

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