Who or what is a IT-Boy/IT-Girl and where does the term come from?
Question by Sea Sven | 2012-11-29 at 17:22
On TV, increasingly, it is talked about so called IT-Girls and IT-Boys. But what is that anyway? Are there any definitions for that terms?
And where does the name come from and what does it mean? First, I thought, it has something to do with IT (information technology), but in television, it is pronounced "it" and not "I.T.". So, can someone enlighten me?
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In fact, the It-Boy and the It-Girl has nothing to do with the IT from information technology, even though It-Girls and It-Boys are constantly trying to get into the media somehow, let it be on TV, YouTube or Facebook - they always want to be the focus.
Instead, the "It" is coming from "it" in the sense of "it is", meaning that the boy or the girl should have that certain something that is supposed to be special.
Of course, this implies that this is true. But at least in my experience, this is hardly true, as most of these celebrated and hyped would-be stars have to offer nothing but trying to stand out by means of their appearance. I can not see there any achievement. And that's sometimes more than embarrassing. Especially when they are trying by all means to surround themselves with real stars, to get something of their gloss and splendor. Or when once again, they try to swindle more status by various weddings or adoptions to get some peerage and thus to celebrate themselves even more.
2012-11-29 at 21:19
First, the term appeared 1904 in the short story Mrs. Bathurst by Rudyard Kipling. It states:
"It isn't beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It's just 'It'. Some women will stay in a man's memory if they once walk down the street."
The term became better known after the movie "It" (1927), from this:
"'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."
Accordingly, with the former It-Girl and It-Boy, it was not meant, what is mostly meant today. In those days, someone was called It-Girl or It-Boy, who has charisma or personality. Today, this term refers mainly to people standing for constant media presence in various television and fashion shows, but then are also sucking out relatively quickly to disappear from the scene then.
2012-12-02 at 17:13
Sometimes people are called It-Girl or It-Boy who are wearing very conspicuous clothes and therefor finding many imitators copying this style. So something in the direction of styling and fashion.
2012-12-02 at 21:19