The New “It Girls”

In I spied... on September 1, 2010 at 8:02 am

Move over Olivia Palermo and Sienna Miller, there are some new girls in town ready to grab your column inches…

The term “It Girl” was coined by English romance novelist and screenwriter Elinor Glyn to describe actress Clara Bow as she appeared in the 1927 Hollywood silent film It.

The first “It Girl”, silver screen star, Clara Bow

In the introduction to the film, Glyn defined the term as:

“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 self-confidence and indifference whether you are pleasing or not—and something in you that gives the impression that you are not at all cold. That’s “IT”.

Every season, the media chews up and spits out spotlights a new set of girls making waves in their respective industries and labels them the “It Girls”. Messy Nessy has noticed three ladies in particular that are likely to be cursed labelled as our new go-to girls for fashion, beauty and taste in men. Let the pesky media coverage begin…


Jaw-droppingly beautiful, you may have caught some of this actress’s early work on the mind-numbingly boring long-running Australian soap opera, Home and Away (or not), but today Isabel Lucas has ditched the Aussie accent and found her place in Tinseltown. With roles in big blockbusters such as Daybreakers, Transformers 2 and the upcoming flick, Immortals, Isabel is fast-becoming Hollywood’s new Megan Fox darling. Aside from big-budget casting directors, the fashion world has also taken notice of Lucas, hailing the actress as its latest style crush. With the face of an angel and a boho-chic dress sense to rival Sienna Miller when she was relevant in her heyday, Messy Nessy reckons Isabel Lucas is a name that will be on the tip of our tongues in 2011. The modest Australian beauty who dated Entourage heart-throb Adrien Grenier, says of her Hollywood success: “I just feel so amazingly grateful for the opportunity…I don’t have any expectations, we’ll see how it goes.”



Another Australian beauty, Jessica Hart is emerging as the trend-setter du jour, oozing with what I like to call, ‘I couldn’t-care-less-chic’. We first spotted the Tribecca, NYC resident making an appearance on MTV’s The City, alongside another trend-setter, Whitney Port, who already regards Hart as a style icon. Having landed modelling campaigns with super-brands such as Guess and Victoria’s Secret, we expect to see a lot more of Jessica’s irresistibly charming gap-toothed smile. Check out this seriously style-savvy chick…



Her face is currently plastered on the side of London’s red buses for the promotion of her quirky new movie Tamara Drew, out this September. I saw this film in Paris last month and found Gemma Arterton very witty in the Bridget Jones-style Brit flick, a far cry from her first big sell-out roles in Prince of Persia, Clash of the Titans and James Bond: Quantum of Solace.

Click to View Trailer

With the hype surrounding Tamara Drew, I’m quite sure Arterton is being pitched in Hollywood at this moment as the new English rose, picking up where Kate Beckinsale and Rachel Weisz’s film careers have trailed off. She’s still finding her feet with her style identity (google her and you’ll find that she’s had quite a few questionable fashion moments already) but I think that’s what makes a celebrity interesting to follow. I like the fact that Gemma is keeping a healthy figure despite the aesthetic pressures of Hollywood and as her red carpet appearances become more frequent, I look forward to seeing her fashion choices blossom.

Gemma Arterton in Prince of Persia

The End x


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