Actress Chloë Sevigny is almost as well known for her quirky-cool sense of personal style as she is for her acting, but that doesn’t mean she likes the accolades that go with it. In fact, she has something to say about the fact that, in 1994, the New Yorker crowned her an “It-girl” and the “coolest girl in the world.” As told to Playboy:
I’m glad I grew up during the last vestige of cool, in the 1990s, when everything wasn’t blogged and on the Interwebs, when things were more on the downlow and underground. I guess I am stylish, but I would rather have people come up and say “I really liked your performance in this or that” than “I really like the way you dress.” That irks me.
Anyway, the term It girl gets used too loosely. Today the term is used to describe, say, Peaches Geldof – a girl who doesn’t do anything but is just sort of around. The original It-girl was the Twenties movie star Clara Bow; then, in the Sixties, with Edie Sedgwick and Warhol, It-girls turned into socialites, ladies of leisure – people who had ‘it’ just for being ‘fabulous’. But Edie was just a rich drug addict, and when I got called the It-girl everyone thought I was that too. I looked like a junkie because it was the Nineties and grunge was the fashion. But I felt I was doing stuff, not just being a socialite.
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