I heard the phrase 'hot girl summer' way back in May, but didn't understand what it was all about until I read a Vice article about it earlier this month. Its a phrase penned by Meghan Thee Stallion, a female singer I don't really know too much about. The Vice article I read asked Meghan Thee Stallion's fans to explain what a hot girl summer exactly was, and the gist of it was that the summer of 2019 was about women taking back their confidence, sexuality, and lust for life. Its a summer of going after what you want, not caring what others think, and feeling good about yourself. But at the end of the day, a hot girl summer is whatever you make of it.
For some this summer could be one of dating, late nights, and friends. For others, its a summer of working hard and making money. For some, summer can be a lonely time, especially if you're in a new place, your friends are on vacation, or your only connection to people was through school. Everyone deserves to have a hot girl summer, and everyone can! Its about making the most of where you're at, and having a good time doing it. Its about self improvement and empowerment, and I made a playlist to capture the essence of what a hot girl summer means to me.
These are all songs written about a girl that can't be pinned down. A girl that leaves these musicians awestruck by her beauty, essence, vitality, and the excitement she brings. 'Someone Like You' depicts a girl who is carefree, unique, and unpredictable. Her many quirks are what makes the songwriter love her, and he adores every part of her. 'Walks Like Rihanna' is about a girl who at first glance may not seem like much, as the chorus states she can't sing or dance, but she lights up the room and everyone wants to get close to her. She is an enigmatic presence that draws the attention from everyone around her. 'That Girl Could Sing' is about a girl who can't be tied down. She is independent and always on the move, but leaves behind her a line of people who are forever changed by her personality. 'Super Far' is about a similar girl, except she is much colder. She is nonchalant towards her lover, and while this could be perceived as bad, during a hot girl summer this type of nonchalance is praised. The girl in this song is her own person, not tied down to anyone, especially not a man who is too clingy. 'America's Sweetheart' is Elle King's tribute to herself, a woman truly living a hot girl summer. She is doing her own thing, not caring at all what anyone else thinks, and who is certainly not concerned with meeting anyone else's expectations for what she should be doing. 'Girl Almighty' is about a girl who just lights up the room and enchants everyone she meets. She has all the One Direction boys getting down on their knees, and lights up the room when she walks in. Her positvity and the way she can fill a room with her laughter is praised. 'Your Whatever' is a more subtle hot girl summer song. Its about a girl who is doing her own thing and the man who is in love with her, whatever that may mean or look like. It makes the list because this girl knows who she is, and who she is is a girl who is living out her hot girl summer.
The songs are all connected through the common theme of being about a girl who is self assured, confident, enigmatic, independent, and carefree. For me, these are all things that embody a hot girl summer. My hot girl summer has been about coming into my own, having a good time, not tying myself to any one thing or person, and living every day in the best way possible. The women these songs are about are doing just that. They're unapologetically themselves, and because of that they light up a room and inspire people to write songs about them. They're also unattached, self sufficient, and independent, another aspect of hot girl summer.
I think the hot girl summer movement is really important, and one that shouldn't be forgotten once the weather gets cold. A hot girl summer is about confidence, being yourself, and living your best life. Its an attitude that can be lived out everyday, and one that should be. Its a message that I think women don't get enough. As women we can be confident, independent, and charismatic. Ignore what everyone else says or thinks about how you should be living your life, and live it on your own terms. Thats what a hot girl summer is all about. Let this playlist remind you of what those women are like, and that their attitudes inspired musicians and enchanted hundreds of people.
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