The Brief: Popularized on Twitter and inspired by rapper Megan Thee Stallion's new album, "Hot Girl Summer" memes showcase social media users living their best and often, most basic lives.
Often used as a great excuse for girls to post pics with their friends, this meme is perfect for showing off one’s best, basic summer self.
This summer, Millennials and Gen Zers are captioning and hashtagging their selfied with #hotgirlsummer or something similar. What might have started off as a simple summer meme has evolved to mean so much more.
Hot Girl Summer is a year round lifestyle.
Before I make any decisions, I ask myself
“does this or does this not contribute to hot girl summer?”
— Lexie (@lexie) July 3, 2019
Hot girl summer? Honey the world is ending. We bout to have a hot girl apocalypse
— Dani Fernandez (@msdanifernandez) July 7, 2019
The OG Hot Girl
The Hot Girl Summer meme was inspired by the lyrics of the song, “Cash S**t”, by American rapper, Megan Thee Stallion. The first line of the song is “Real hot girl s**t.”
While Megan Thee Stallion’s has used the caption “hot girl summer” for several months now, the meme only recently caught on. When it did, it spread like fire.
In a recent interview, Megan Thee Stallion said that her song, and the social media movement it’s inspired, is about “women and men being unapologetically them just having a good-a** time, hyping up their friends, doing you and not giving a damn about what anyone else has got to say about it.”
I need all the hot girls to get y’all’s head in the game ! 😂 the summer isn’t over yet !
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) July 6, 2019
Defining a Hot Girl Summer
Cuffing is to winter as Hot Girl Summer is to summer szn.
In its simplest terms, Hot Girl Summer is about unleashing one’s most authentic self, whoever that may be, specifically during the summer months.
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#hotgirlsummer 😂😂😂 words are energy…I challenge you to tell yourself in the morning before you start your day how beautiful and fine you are. Then watch this magic work… and not in an ego way but in a kind, self loving way…watch how the universe starts shifting your world…#icecream #hotchick #badgal if you don’t feel your best, and love yourself just the way you are no one else will! And don’t depend on someone else to define you because you will never be satisfied, their definition of who you are will become a drug and addiction, when that person or those people stop telling you who you are you will feel empty and hopeless. Weather it be bad or good…#trust the process
There is often some element of self care involved…
2017 was a sza summer.
2018 was a nice for what summer.
2019 is a hot girl summer.
you know what that is? growth!
— Stephanie (@Stephvniexo) July 6, 2019
To me, a “hot girl summer” means to elevate your confidence and grow into a better version of yourself all while being happy. What it mean to y’all?
— Shirley Thee Mustang 🐎 (@shirleyyg_) July 3, 2019
And more often than not, this season is meant to be spent amongst friends and free of any romantic attachments.
I told my mcm how I feel..he’s now blocked on everything and my hot girl summer begins tomorrow
— I SELL BUNDLES (@Nayz100) July 6, 2019
However, some people prefer to boo up.
hot girl summer, but with a boo pic.twitter.com/57MaPImwIE
— 𝔭𝔯𝔦𝔪𝔞𝔡𝔬𝔫𝔫𝔞 (@mlleMvrie) July 1, 2019
Having a hot girl summer but w my man attached
— miss. lil em (@emeraald_) July 8, 2019
While many Twitter users and Instagrammers have used #HotGirlSummer to tag photos of themselves…
hot girl summer pic.twitter.com/CZyzv5tFVW
— 𝓼𝓬𝓸𝓻𝓹𝓲𝓸 𝓮𝓷𝓮𝓻𝓰𝔂 (@jadiorbelIa) July 8, 2019
Heard it’s hot girl summer ? 😅 pic.twitter.com/oOIclVOfLQ
— Tanaka Travels (@TanTan_Ching) July 5, 2019
Others have gone as far as pointing out the Hot Girls that inspire them.
persephone coming back up from the underworld invented the hot girl summer
— lesbian mothman (@verysmallriver) July 7, 2019
joan of arc had the first hot girl summer
— lesbian mothman (@verysmallriver) July 5, 2019
The leading ladies from Strangers Things 3:
max and eleven livin their hot girl summer yessssss #StrangerThings3 pic.twitter.com/bzQAxco8sq
— b r o o k l i n ✰ (@brooklinrichard) July 4, 2019
Megan Thee Stallion and Megan Rapinoe:
there's TWO hot girl megs THAT own this summer and i'm here for it #USAvsNED #HotGirlShit pic.twitter.com/clFgbA6mCH
— não sua presa Ⓥ (@realbitchfinger) July 7, 2019
It should go without saying, but one does not have to identify as “female” (or human) to enjoy a HGS.
– a man
– happily in a relationship
– fond of staying inside
– participating in hot girl summer
— phil (@PhilJamesson) July 5, 2019
this earthquake is just the earth shaking its ass its a hot girl summer
— isa (@ineedsl33p) July 6, 2019
The Struggles of a Hot Girl Summer
Generally speaking, the “Hot Girl Summer” tag falls into the same category as popular tags like YOLO or FOMO. It’s another excuse to share selfies that “might get deleted later” (but probably won’t).
That being said, plenty of social media users have taken this meme in a different direction, self-roasting for their lack of stereotypical hot girl lifestyles.
me and @HeyFranHey trying have a hot girl summer even though we hate leaving our apartments pic.twitter.com/fD3aCvhwnc
— jeremy bearimy (@crissles) June 26, 2019
ladies, can we reschedule hot girl summer to next year? honestly I was not prepared
— syd henj (@SydneyHenjum) July 4, 2019
Hot Girl Summer Goals:
my hot girl summer is looking a lot like the fyre festival
— 🤠 (@vroayy) July 2, 2019
my hot girl summer so far pic.twitter.com/v4Jvsm3fCd
— Wahlid Mohammad (@Wahlid) July 1, 2019
priest: there are no dumb questions, my son, ask me anything
me: *deep breath* do you think god is having a hot girl summer?
— aaron (@mrtiredeyes) July 8, 2019
There are also several iterations of this meme that reinterpret the term “hot” in a much more literal sense.
i’m not living a hot girl summer i’m living a sickly feverish victorian girl summer
— 🗡 (@lesbianvergil) July 7, 2019
Over Air Conditioning The Workplace Is Preventing Millions Of Women From Having A Hot Girl Summer
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) July 8, 2019
u know what frankly I am not having a very hot girl summer. unless by hot you mean sweaty bc actually now that you mention it I have been very sweaty
— ellie schnitt (@holy_schnitt) July 7, 2019
In any case, by Megan Thee Stallion’s definition, anybody can enjoy a Hot Girl Summer. Just be sure to pace yourself…
My hot girl summer has turned into a "luke warm" girl summer.
Knees can't take it. Thanks for the inspiration though @theestallion
— Adena Jones (@adena_andrews) June 30, 2019