Often confused with the most talked about girl of the moment, or the most scandalous girl of the moment - the “It” girl is a woman grasping at the zeitgeist of a generation. She is effortless and cool like James Dean, while also remaining witty and accessible like a local politician. She has that thing, that thing - the intangible and desirable. She has that one look or posture that could make you forgive her of any shortcomings. She is absolutely original - so much so that there seems to be a representation of her in every era of pop culture!
Clara Bow - The Original “It” Girl
Starring in the Paramount Picture “It” (from back when they called movies “pictures”), Clara Bow is the first woman to whom other “It” girls were required to measure themselves against. As the opening credits state, “It” is "That quality possessed by some which draws all others with its magnetic force. With ‘It’ you win all men if you are a woman and all women if you are a man. ‘It’ can be a quality of the mind as well as a physical attraction." And so the bar is set. The 1927 classic is a must-see, especially for those with a pension for the way things “once were” and for those who can appreciate the look of a Roxie Hart haircut on twenty women in a row. “It” is a great old-timey flick to watch and reacquaint yourself with phrases such as “I’ll take the elastic out of your stocking yet,” and “Christmas, is he good looking.”
Marilyn Monroe - The Tragic “It” Girl
Ah, Norma Jean. You beautiful, beautiful, sad creature. How we still love to watch you pout into a camera and lay down a line like, “Champagne and chips - isn’t it just elegant!” with the gravity of Bambi on ‘ludes (too soon?). This is the woman who could walk down a New York City street without being noticed, until she turned on her it and turned into “her”, and could then garner a mob-like gathering that would put The Beatles to shame. In no other movie is her it-girl-ness more it than in the 1955 production of “The Seven Year Itch.” The script provides a venue for Monroe to seduce a married man in a way that she appears almost completely blameless. Because, who could blame Marilyn for being Marilyn?
Audrey Hepburn - The Manic Pixie “It” Girl
Sure, sure, sure - every girl you roomed with in college had an obligatory “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” poster of Audrey above their desk, and you want to vomit every time you see Audrey’s spine through her clothes in her movies. But just watch the spontaneous, schizophrenic, underground bar dance routine she lays out in “Funny Face.” Now tell me you aren’t completely in love.
Claire Danes - The Grunge “It” Girl
That hair! Those 90’s flannels! That “I’m just a teenager trying to act, stop asking me questions” vibe! And, just think how sad life would be if we couldn’t say “Jordan Catalano” over and over again? Jor-dan Cat-a-la-no, Jor-dan Cat-a-la-no, Jor-dan Cat-a-la-nooooo….
Alexis Bleidel - The Nervous Nerdy “It” Girl
Look, I’m not just saying this because I own all seven season’s of Gilmore Girls and have digested every episode at least four times - Alexis’ portrayal of Rory Gilmore changed the face of what it meant. It didn’t have to know what boys were before the age of fourteen, or what to do with them. It could go to Harvard! …Or Yale, or Princeton… It could be an anti-social bookworm who eventually interned for Senator Obama (!!) and is probably doing just fine. We’re all going to do just fine, aren’t we? Talk to me Rory - explain it to me in a pro/con list.