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Spare a thought for the person out there in front of a laptop this month, trying to find the words to explain Megan Thee Stallion's ‘hot girl summer’ to a baby boomer newspaper audience. We’re soaring into the peak of the season. And that means, regardless of what the weather’s saying, you’ve been assailed by enough Instagram ads to have decided on that bra top where the underwire looks like a stretched “w” meeting right on your ribcage. You’ve acquired the neon Hawaiian shirt + pulled up socks combo your friends specifically tried to veto. Your flesh is ready to ever so lightly sting under the sun.
But as the hot girl summer has evolved into a meme, its meaning has started to extend, like candy warped by the heat of a too-hot car. Megan Thee Stallion’s Fever mixtape, and her corresponding rebrand as Hot Girl Meg, kicked things off back in May. Now, though? Well, now the words “hot girl summer” can mean just about anything. We asked the hot girls of Wireless Festival in the U.K., there to see Megan perform to clear things up.
"A hot girl summer is about you being you! You doing your thing and not giving a fuck about what anyone thinks. It's about trying new things and taking on a new persona that you wouldn't usually consider. Honestly, it's just about being your inner bad bih."
"It's about living my best life, feeling like a bad man, and doing what I have to do. Being you and being independent is all it's about. Enjoying yourself and not caring is the key!"
"Girl, it's hoe season. Period. What makes a hot girl summer? Your attitude and your vibe. It's 2019 —a year for women to do what they want to do."
Stacey (L) and Vanessa Maria
Stacey: You see this blonde wig? This my hot girl summer. It's about doing you, for the benefit of you and you alone, not for a man. Secure the bag because you're the bag. Secure yourself, sis.
Vanessa Maria: It's your attitude, it's your aura, the energy you give off. A hot girl summer is made from living your life and enjoying it. It's about us being surrounded by the strong black women in my life. Black women are a circle of winners so get with the winning team baby!
"To me, a hot girl summer is all about taking care of yourself, respecting yourself, having fun and doing whatever you want. Confidence is where it's at."
Tracy (L) and Jennifer
Tracy: Money!! Living your best life and having a stable job. How are you going to live your best hot girl summer with no money in your account? Then, what makes a hot girl summer is your hair, your healthy bank account, a cute outfit and attitude. Just live your best life and have fun.
"A hot girl summer is about living your best life and being carefree. You just don't care what anyone says. It’s all about outfit, style, energy. Honestly, everything."
Lou (L), Amber, and Denisha
Lou: It’s about your whole appearance and the vibe you give off. It's the attitude you bring, too. You’re going to every motive and living your best life. Zero fucks, no dudes involved and butt cheeks out.
"I'm going to keep it simple: Being. A. Bad. Bih. Your hair, and everything else you need to be a bad bih, makes it."
Lee (L) and Tyra
Lee: It's about being stress-free and happy about everything. Having fun and enjoying the summer while it lasts. A hot girl summer means actually being happy, having good friends, and loving yourself.
Charlotte, Irene and Kyomy
Irene: It's about being a bad bih and role reversal—live your best life. Guys always talk about getting girls, and we love Meg because she's doing exactly what they do unapologetically. We can talk about dick, too.
Charlotte: A hot girl summer comes from the moves and how confident you are. It's about being the vibe of the party and playing guys the way they play girls.
Nicole (L) and Deborah
Nicole: Enjoying yourself, being God-fearing, and making sure that no one can tell you shit.
Deborah: It's the outfit and especially the attitude. You can look like trash but if you have a hot girl summer attitude, you're good!
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