What is an "It Girl"?

By Elisabeth Green | 2014/03/20 - 16:11:32


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It Girls, girls who have that, but what is "that"? Something that catches, that is original and that we love. It could be defined as a style, an essence, something that defines, like a perfume whose fragrance is unique, new, special and does not suggest indifference.

The term "It Girl" is not new. It was first used by English writer Rudyard Kipling in 1904 in his short story, "Mrs Bathurst". Years later, in 1927, British novelist and scriptwriter Elinor Glyn used it on her novel entitled "It" and inspired a movie starring Clara Bow as the gallant shopgirl portrayed in the story.

Actresses and artists immediately began occupying the position of It Girls. Women with a flirtatious personality and brilliant mind, showing an iconic and magnetic beauty and style. Over time, this profile came to meet a wider range of young women coming from film, fashion, television, high society or even from this new celebrity culture, with girls becoming "the big thing" just for beeing seen with famous people.

When we think of the current, true It Girls, names like Cara Delevingne, her sister Poppy, Miroslava Duma, Olivia Palermo, Alexa Chung, Blake Lively, Kate Moss or Sienna Miller come to mind. Women from different fields of work who inspire and influence the fashion world and usually fill the pages of magazines and blogs. What about you? Do you feel like a It Girl? 
Clara Bow in It Girl
Clara Bow in "It", 1927
Paramount Pictures
Clara Bow in It Girl
Clara Bow in "It", 1927
Paramount Pictures
Cara Delevingne for Vogue
Cara Delevingne for Vogue UK, March 2013
Condé Nast
Poppy Delevingne at the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge
Poppy Delevingne at the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge 2014
Getty Images for Cartier
Alexa Chung for Vogue
Alexa Chung for Vogue China, July 2010
Condé Nast
Blake Lively at the Time 100 Gala
Blake Lively at the Time 100 Gala, April 2011
CC-BY/David Shankbone
Sienna Miller at the London premiere of Factory Girl
Sienna Miller at the London premiere of Factory Girl, March 2007
CC-BY/Caroline Bonarde Ucci
Miroslava Duma at the opening of the TAG Heuer Boutique
Miroslava Duma at the opening of the TAG Heuer new Boutique, November 2013
Getty Images for Tag-Heuer
Olivia Palermo
Olivia Palermo in perfect style
Via OliviaPalermo.com
Olivia Palermo at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Olivia Palermo at MBFW Spring 2014, September 2013
Via OliviaPalermo.com
Kate Moss arriving at the Rimmel Anniversary party
Kate Moss arriving at the Rimmel 180th Anniversary
Getty Images for Rimmel London

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