You’ve probably heard this one phrase that’s been dominating the cultural world a lot lately: ‘Hot Girl Summer.’ Everybody has their own definition of the phrase coined by rapper Megan Thee Stallion — but we think everyone’s checklist should be the same. Allow us to share with you Life & Style‘s rules for making 2019 the best ‘Hot Girl Summer’ you possibly can.
1. Be Confident
The first step to having the best ‘Hot Girl Summer’ is knowing you’re a hot girl! It’s not easy to always be feeling yourself — and chances are you won’t always be — but do your best to remember you’re you for a reason and that reason is because who you are is dope.
In fact, some of the coolest and most confident body positive influencers still struggle with their self esteem on the reg, so don’t feel bad if you’re still working on this step. “Remember that loving yourself takes time,” model Tess Holliday told Life & Style exclusively. “It’s not an easy road, but it’s one worth traveling down. Everyone is on their own journey with loving themselves and it’s important to be understanding of that.”
It’s first and most important … but also the most challenging. Use that constructive and positive energy this summer!
2. Do What Makes You Feel Good …
Trust yourself — usually, you know what’s right for you. Listening to your body (and your brain) is crucial to your above-average ‘HGS.’ In fact, it’s one of the best rules because it can be applied to so many aspects of your life.
If getting organized makes you feel ready for the work week, make some time for it. If you’ve been slacking on your social commitments and want to reinvigorate your nightlife, start reaching out to fun folks in your circle. If you, like model Iskra Lawrence, want to hit up two fast food chains in one night, go right ahead.
Don’t worry about judgment. It doesn’t serve your ‘Hot Girl Summer,’ trust us.
3. … But Also Make Good Choices
Just because you’re getting free reign to feel good this summer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of how that can lead you down a road of bad choices. There are a lot of things that bring mad joy to people — but don’t treat them right in the long run.
In short, we all have our vices, but love yourself enough to know when to step back. Think before you act this ‘Hot Girl Summer.’
4. Work as Much as You Play
Obviously, a good ‘Hot Girl Summer’ is all about relaxation and playtime, but you can’t forget to get that bag! If you’re looking for a little inspiration to get off your (totally tanned) booty and clock back into work, look no further than makeup mogul and boss babe Kylie Jenner.
After launching her latest business venture with Kylie Skin back in May, she decided to take all her BFFs to Turks and Caicos to celebrate the successful brand launch and new summer products. Talk about a reward!
Don’t forget: secure the bag now, spend it later.
5. Time is a Construct
Yeah, OK, summer technically ends every September 21. That’s a calendar fact. But since time is a pretty man-made concept, we think it’s safe to say your ‘HGS’ doesn’t have to abruptly end as fall and winter take root. Take all this self-love, all the work you did to make this summer the best one yet into the rest of 2019 and beyond.
Besides, the best part of the whole ‘Hot Girl Summer’ thing is that you have the power to turn it into a ‘Hot Girl Life.’ So do it.