It girl

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Originally applied to actress Clara Bow, who starred in a film titled It (it being a euphemism for sex appeal[1]).

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It girl (plural It girls)

  1. (Britain) A woman who is in vogue, typically as an actress, model, socialite, or the like.
    • 2003, Gilda Carle, Teen Talk with Dr. Gilda: A Girl's Guide to Dating
      Passionate pursuers are a challenge to guys because while other girls may be chasing them, the It Girls are chasing their dreams.
    • 2003, Melissa de la Cruz, Karen Robinovitz, How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less
      I even found the perfect venue to display my new It-girl persona: the aptly named It-girls premiere party for the It-girls documentary.
    • 2004, Andrea Stuart, The Rose of Martinique: A Life of Napoleon's Josephine
      She was one of the It Girls of her day.

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    1927, Elinor Glyn, It, and Other Stories:
    To have "It", the fortunate possessor must have that strange magnetism which attracts both sexes. He or she must be entirely unselfconscious and full of self-confidence, indifferent to the effect he or she is producing, and uninfluenced by others. There must be physical attraction, but beauty is unnecessary.