Updated: Oct 25, 2020
By: Tasnin Khan
By now, whether you’re a Stalli fan or not, you have probably seen the term “Hot Girl Summer” glittering all over your Instagram and Twitter feeds! What exactly does this mean? The 24-year-old Houston rapper gives its official definition to The Root, stating: “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. You definitely have to be a person that can be the life of the party, and, y’know, just a bad bitch.”
There you have it - many have twisted the meaning into something related to how we treat men or women we date or like or hook up with, but really it has nothing to do with your love life and more to do with just glowing with self-love and positivity alongside our sisters (and brothers) and doing you, unapologetically.
I’ve been rocking with Megan thee Stallion since I first heard her E.P. Tina Snow, which came before the highly anticipated and popular summer project Fever. Her authenticity and positivity is so refreshing, especially at a time where that seemed to be a missing piece and drama is usually the more common trend. Not only has her music helped me get through some difficult times and boss up, but her spirit is so real and uplifting and from that there is so much for us to learn and rise up with.
Here are some dope things about Megan thee Stallion that show how she is starting a positive movement through her example, in and outside of her music:
1) She hosted a Hottie Beach Clean up early in June on Santa Monica.
In the first week of June, Megan thee Stallion hosted a meet up in Los Angeles with Hotties to link up and clean up the beach. At the meet-up, she made a little speech in which she told her fans that being a Hottie is not just about turning up and having a great time, but also about doing positive things and making a difference together -- be it in small or big ways. She reassured them that once they were finished, they could celebrate by “driving the boat” (drinking Henny and having a good time). What I love about this is once again how it displays her versatility - there are so many layers and different facets to who we are and what we are capable as women and people as a whole. Megan is a great reminder to own it and embrace who you are and everything close to your heart - from twerking with your girls to working on the causes that drive you on a deeper level.
2) Cognac Queen Pageant - scholarship money was the prize.
“I want to show other girls how happy I am and how confident I am, how I still want to go to school and I still want to rap. I just want to be like a good example to somebody in the future.” -Megan the Stallion
Hosted in West Hollywood, the pageant was filled with fans and title-winning hopefuls. There were several dance performances, and contestants got a chance to talk a little bit more about who they are and why they deserve to win the title of Cognac Queen. Once again, Megan thee Stallion shows us the balance she has and uplifts fans by encouraging them to get that degree or work hard toward their goals. The fact that the prize was helping to pay for tuition shows her genuine support for other women and that she is using her platform for good. She describes this pageant as one that’s “not a typical beauty pageant, it’s about the hard working passionate young women chasing their dreams and achieving their goals who still like to have a good ass time!”
3) Hottie Parties
Essence writer Jasmine Grant and party attendees described it as so endearing to party with Megan thee Stallion due to her “homegirl vibes.” She recently bought out a club in NYC and has these meet-ups with fans all over the country, where fans “drive the boat” while turning up to her songs. They say you should never meet your heroes because you may be disappointed with what you find, but it brings me so much joy to see how down to earth Megan is. She has consistently proven to genuinely care about making sure her fans are good, that they can get into her parties and events, and it speaks volumes that she does what she can to engage with them closely.
4) She comes from a line of strong women, and keeps her girls close always.
“I’ve always had all 3 of these incredible hard working women in my life cheering me on and keeping me strong,” she wrote in an Instagram post dedicated to her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. A surprising fact is that Megan’s mother was actually a rapper that went by the name Holly Wood, and was her manager before her passing. It makes a lot of sense that she is so strong, about her money, and emphasizes the importance of having your tribe with the strong figures she had in her life. This translates clearly when you look at any of her music videos amongst other things, in which she has her real-life besties as the muses! Whenever interviewers try to get her to slip up and chime in on drama (i.e. Nicki and Cardi) or talk about anyone behind their backs, they usually get pleasantly surprised to get the opposite - they come to find that she has linked up and formed friendships with many other artists in the industry - like Kehlani, Trina, and male Hotties like Wale - and carries that energy with her as a budding artist.
It’s pretty clear that Megan is a pretty amazing and strong individual, and I’m so excited to see what else she brings with her as her career continues to flourish. Until then, I hope you enjoy your Hot Girl or Hot Boy Summer by embracing who you truly are, surrounding yourself with loving and fun friends and family, and always having a great time.