It’s a Hot Girl Summer, and we’re all just living in it. You may have seen it mentioned online already Here is how one throwaway lyric ignited a movement, or rather a #MOOD, for the ages on social media.
The viral catchphrase was created by Houston, Texas-based rapper Megan Thee Stallion, a 24-year-old who has rose to the fore thanks to her unabashed confidence, bold style and unapologetic, sexually explicit lyrics.
Hot Girl Summer officially came to life with the release of Megan Thee Stallion’s track Cash S**t, in which she opens with the line, ‘Real hot girl s**t’.
Hot girl Meg: Texas rapper Megan Thee Stallion, 24, is responsible for kick-starting new viral phrase Hot Girl Summer
Original: Megan Thee Stallion started the trend back in May 2019
Influencer: 1.2 million people ‘liked’ model Jordyn Woods’ image which she captioned Hot Girl Summer
Her subsequent re-brand from Megan Thee Stallion to Hot Girl Megan (her real name is Megan Pete) inspired her die-hard fans to channel that self-assured energy into what would ultimately become a phenomenally popular phrase.
According to Know Your Meme, it was the rapper’s fans who truly brought the notion of a ‘Hot Girl Summer’ to life. The meme database credits Twitter user @sweetliketeaaa with starting the inescapable trend when she posted a series of photos with the caption, ‘I heard it’s a hot girl summer’.
With over 71,000 mentions of #HotGirlSummer on Instagram, the catchphrase represents a multitude of meanings. In its essence, Hot Girl Summer represents a confident, sizzling attitude; a nonchalant approach and a fearless sense of self.
Or, as Megan Thee Stallion put it, “It’s about women and men being unapologetically them just having a good-a** time, hyping up their friends, doing you and not giving a damn about what anyone else has got to say about it.’
Popular: Singer Kehlani drew parallels between Hot Girl Summer and other widely-used phrases
While the words hot girl are in the phrase, it’s not about your appearance. Rather, a Hot Girl Summer sums up a lifestyle in which women do what they want, when they want, without having to explain why or apologize for being themselves.
Fans of Megan Thee Stallion also quickly took to social media to showcase their own versions of having a Hot Girl Summer, causing the motto to erupt in popularity. High-profile stars like musicians Kehlani and Ciara, as well as the model Jordyn Woods, further helped the idea spread by posting it on their own channels.
The catchy saying has been compared to last summer’s viral tagline, ‘Big D**k Energy’, which was the go-to Internet speak while trying to sum up a certain type of swagger.
The phrase, often shortened to BDE, was inspired by Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson, who was Ariana Grande’s then-boyfriend, and his apparent attributes in the trouser department. BDE became a sort of updated ‘je ne sais quoi’; a phrase used to surmise that infectious I-can’t-quite-put-my-finger-on-it allure of someone – male or female.
Unsurprisingly, the phrase was soon applied to virtually everything online, as social media users claimed that everyone from politicians to Martha Stewart – and even inanimate objects – boasted Big D**k Energy.
However, as more and more women began to post photos with the tagline, debate around the ubiquitous use of the catch line emerged.
Trending: Users took to social media to channel Megan Thee Stallion’s confidence, accompanying pictures with the caption Hot Girl Summer
Joke: The rampant use of the catchphrase has led to it becoming a cliche caption
Social media sensation: Megan Thee Stallion has been urged by her two million fans to copyright her phrase Hot Girl Summer
Akin to how the rampant use of Big D**k Energy spread like wildfire in 2018, now that Hot Girl Summer has filtered down to the mainstream media, there’s a likelihood that the phrase has already become jaded.
Twitter users appeared disgruntled at how a niche idea is becoming overused, tiresome and basic, often diluted from the original intended meaning.
The out-of-context usage of Hot Girl Summer as a caption on uneventful photos, selfies and summer outfit pictures has certainly not gone unnoticed either.
‘It’s best to just let a culture have a thing and others just enjoy from the sideline,’ a woman with the handle Marisa_WroteIt said. Another user, Janely Martinez/@chrismosaaas, said ‘Every full blooded white woman who has used ‘hot girl summer’ and doesn’t know the origin without google owes me a dollar.’
Editor-at-Large of Dazed Magazine Shon Faye quipped, ‘Suzy from Accenture really is tagging a completely boring picture of her in high waisted jorts holding an Aperol Spritz with ‘hot girl summer”.
Die-hard fans of the rapper behind the phrase also urged her to copyright her saying as fast food chains like Wendy’s, and clothing brands, such as Forever 21, and the language app Duo Lingo began to cash in without offering any context.