The definition of an “It” girl varies by source, but we found a reputable one that didn’t require much investigation.
At W magazine’s “It Girls” luncheon on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, W’s editor-at-large Lynn Hirschberg delivered her own translation during welcoming remarks at the exclusive affair, one of the more chic events of Golden Globes weekend because it drew a mix of industry ladies (actresses, models, artists, agents, etc.) minus any entourage. No plus-ones, no publicists — just fine dining and conversation at A.O.C.
“What really being an ‘It’ girl is, it’s about having an impact, being interesting, having courage and to me, at the end, it’s about believing in something that’s bigger than just going to the store,” said the veteran editor. “It’s having a dream and seeing it through. I think all of you have that feeling and that sensibility. You’re all ‘It’ Girls and you always will be.”
Listening closely at the event — sponsored by special partners Piaget and Dom Perignon – were Kim Kardashian, Gigi Hadid, Allison Williams, Nicola Peltz, Jaime King, Chanel Iman, Langley Fox Hemingway, Kiernan Shipka, Alison Brie, Michelle Monaghan, Grimes, Sarah Hyland, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Brit Marling, Rebecca de Ravenel, Carmen Ejogo, W editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi and more.
Instead of asking the girls to give their own definition of what it takes to achieve “It” status, we decided to flip the script and polled them on what it takes to be an “It” boy. Here’s what we discovered:
Allison Williams: “Having respect for ‘It’ girls everywhere. That sums it up.”
Mary Elizabeth Winstead: “Kindness and a strong sense of self. Security. Sense of humor. Not taking yourself too seriously is a big thing for me.”
Chanel Iman: “A guy who knows how to put a smile on a woman’s face, is a gentleman and is charming. That’s my ‘It’ guy.”
Jaime King: “We live in an interesting generation where boys have a lot more femininity to them than they used to. It’s no longer the world of men and women. Men can be sensitive and artistic and aware and yet at the same time, masculine. To me, that’s what makes an ‘It’ boy — someone who is in touch with his masculine side and his feminine side and is very open in sharing both. That’s what makes a man really shine.”
Sarah Hyland: “Confidence. A sense of humor. Has to be trustworthy. Someone who has ambition and passion about things.”
Gigi Hadid: “He has to be able to support an ‘It’ girl when she’s successful as well. He can’t be intimidated by an ‘It’ girl.”
Nicola Peltz: “He’s honest. He can’t take himself too seriously. He has to be funny and make me laugh. Can you find one for us?”