As summer heats up, some people have retreated into their air-conditioned condos, while others have embraced the rising temps and excess sunshine as an excuse to let loose and live a “hot girl summer.”
The phrase originated with Texas rapper Megan Thee Stallion—whose track “Cash Shit” includes a reference to “real hot girl shit”—before becoming a social media meme and, as of today, a summertime anthem featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign.
Despite the concept’s ubiquity, some people are probably still aren’t quite clear on what a “hot girl summer” is. Let us help.
Who is this Megan Thee Stallion?
An on-the-rise rapper from Houston, Megan has created a personal brand of hotness by calling herself the “H-Town Hottie” or “Hot Girl Meg,” and referring to her fans as “hotties.” The cover art for Fever, her debut album that dropped in May, was captioned with “She’s thee HOT GIRL.” Soon, Megan’s hot girl lifestyle, recognizable by expert twerking videos and having shots poured into her mouth (aka ”driving the boat”), inspired fans to start having hot girl summers of their own.
Although Megan didn’t coin the phrase, she has unequivocally become the face and voice of hot girl summer. She’s even attempting to trademark the phrase after companies, including Forever 21 and Wendy’s, marketed their products as hot girl approved.
So, what is a hot girl summer and who can have one?
Hot girl summer is not just a meme—it’s a mindset. Having the attitude and confidence to do whatever pleases you and release your inner bad bitch, regardless of other’s criticism, is the essence of the hot girl summer lifestyle. This past June, Megan told the Root, “It’s just basically about women—and men—just being unapologetically them, just having a good-ass time, hyping up your friends, doing you, not giving a damn about what nobody got to say about it.” Contrary to the gendered nature of the phrase, anyone who chooses to ignore the haters and live their best life in a positive way can have a hot girl summer.
Being a Hot Girl is about being unapologetically YOU, having fun, being confident,living YOUR truth , being the life of the party etc
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) July 17, 2019
How do I have a hot girl summer?
No two hot girl summers are alike, since the foundation of hot girl summer rests on doing whatever makes you and only you happy. In “Hot Girl Summer,” Megan, a student at Texas student university, raps “Look, college girl, but a freak on the weekend.” Even if her hot girl summer is full of hitting the books and hitting the bottle, your neighbor’s hot girl summer may entail relaxing on the porch while their dog runs around the yard. Whatever you have been putting off- buying that plane ticket to Bali, going vegan, or even binge-watching the latest season of Stranger Things- hot girl summer is the time to focus on what makes you happy.
Here are a few ways Twitter users have enjoyed their hot girl summer:
Self-care is one of those things that you can’t easily define, but you know it when you see it. Whether getting pampered at a spa or gluing your face to the laptop destresses you, hot girl summer is the time to achieve a relaxed state-of-mind.
— nas (@nerdynaseem) July 7, 2019
Vacation and Recreation
There is no better time to give your followers FOMO with braggy photos of adventures abroad or embarrassing yet hilarious fun.
— Itsrichrush (@Missrichrush) July 13, 2019
— 𝓁𝒶𝓁𝒶.𝓀𝑜𝒾 🧚🏾♀️ (@Lalaxkoi) July 12, 2019
Get the Bag
Every hot girl needs to work just as hard as she parties.
Does this count as a hot girl summer pic.twitter.com/tu5X0wrCAN
— Frumpy Like Martha (@mattie_rogers) July 15, 2019
Save the planet
While treating yourself is a major component of hot girl summer, it is also important to give back to the community and environment.
"And I couldn't help but wonder…in a time of irrevocable climate change brought on by a wildly destructive anthropocene, aren't we all having a hot girl summer?" pic.twitter.com/8aundcRaRC
— Otamere (@Otamere) July 16, 2019
Hey Hotties I’m doing the first ever HOTTIE BEACH CLEAN UP in Cali June6th at the Santa Monica Pier! Houston we’re next details coming soon pic.twitter.com/iCPzN6szT6
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) June 5, 2019
Even if we’re halfway through August, there’s still time to turn a lukewarm summer into a hot one.