Breaking Down Media Tropes: The Problematic 'Cool Girl' (2022)

We all know the “Cool Girl.” Some of us have even tried to be her. She seems to get everything, but her existence is a conundrum. She doesn’t care about what she eats but wears a size 2. She doesn’t worry about wearing makeup, but always looks amazing. She has somehow escaped every insecurity that plagues women on and off the screen. So how does she exist? Because the Cool Girl is a male fantasy. The best example of the Cool Girl analysis is the 2012 novel and 2014 film “Gone Girl.”

“Men always say that as the defining compliment, don’t they? She’s a cool girl,” Amy Dunne says. “Being the Cool Girl means I am a hot, brilliant, funny woman who adores football, poker, dirty jokes, and burping, who plays video games, drinks cheap beer, loves threesomes and anal sex, and jams hot dogs and hamburgers into her mouth like she’s hosting the world’s biggest culinary gang bang while somehow maintaining a size 2, because Cool Girls are above all hot.”

Cool Girl Monologue

The Cool Girl is an established character type who likes everything her male counterpart does and agrees with everything he says. She is effortlessly thin, beautiful and, most importantly, “she’s not like other girls.” These women can be seen in several films, including Cameron Diaz’s character in “There’s Something About Mary,” Megan Fox’s character in “Transformers,” Sloane from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Mila Kunis in “Black Swan,” Charlize Theron’s character in “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” Robin Scherbatsky from “How I Met Your Mother,” Mila Kunis’s character in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and even Katy Perry in her song “One of the Boys,” just to name a few.

The Cool Girl first became popular with 1920s flapper and actress Clara Bow. She flirted with famous actors such as young John Wayne. She drank, danced and drove cars with boys in the film “Dancing Mothers.” With the movie “It” she became a worldwide star and the original Cool Girl. This beautiful, talented actress cared little for the Hollywood spotlight. As a child she played with boys and avoided typically feminine activities. “I always played with the boys. I never had any use for girls and their games. I never had a doll in all my life,” Bow said. “But I was a good runner, I could beat most of the boys and I could pitch.”

Clara Bow Dancing Mothers Scene 1926

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Despite the lack of makeup, fancy clothes or other beauty products, Bow was an instant success in Hollywood. Her stunning face was submitted to a magazine and led to her career. She was all of Hollywood’s, and all of men’s, “ideal women.” Bow’s character drank and smoked. In her film “It,” a line of women were interviewed, but she was the only one described as having “it.” A song was created for Bow and her character, singing, “She’s got it, and plenty of it, brother. I never saw another have so much of such and such.”

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Clara Bow - She's Got It

While the Cool Girl often exists as a character trope, her image can also be seen in many modern actresses. Think Jennifer Lawrence’s interviews discussing her ability to eat steak, McDonalds and anything else all while maintaining perfect skin and a small waist. Or Katy Perry insisting she is the better choice over other girls. “I saw a spider and didn’t scream. ‘Cause I can belch the alphabet — just double dog dare me. And I chose guitar over ballet. And I tape these suckers down ‘cause they just get in my way.”

The Cool Girl can also be seen in TV shows such as “Gilmore Girls.” Main characters Lorelai and Rory eat enough food to weigh 400 pounds. “We are going to be so sick. It’s amazing that we still function,” Rory says as she and Lorelai fill up on sweets. It is amazing that they can function and, without any exercise or dieting, remain incredibly slim on diets of takeout pizza, coffee and candy. The problem with the Cool Girl isn’t her humor, her love of food, drink or other male-associated traits such as sports and wrestling. If all women with such traits were accepted, regardless of size or appearance, the world would be a better place. However, in the case of the Cool Girl, stereotypically male traits are only attractive in women when they are, well, attractive.

As writer Anne Helen Peterson said, a defining trait of the Cool Girl is her aloofness and effortless beauty. “Be chill and don’t be a downer, act like a dude but look like a supermodel,” she says. Take Cameron Diaz’s character in “There’s Something About Mary.” She is slim, blonde, bright and effortlessly beautiful with a wide smile and an easygoing personality. She admires her love interest’s slobby clothes, describing him as “a little different.”

Mary, a doctor, plays golf every morning and loves hamburgers and beer. “I want a guy who can play 36 holes of golf, and still have enough energy to take Warren and me to a baseball game, and eat sausages, and beer, not lite beer, but BEER.” She adores her co-star Ben Stiller. She finds him quirky and admits, “I know he’s a little different, but that’s what I like about him. He dresses like a complete dork, he chews with his mouth open, he hardly ever says the right thing.”

Megan Fox’s character is the best example of the inherent sexualization of the Cool Girl. Writers often ignore the Cool Girl and their character arcs outside of their male counterpart. This can be seen as the general treatment of this character type, but especially in films like “Jennifer’s Body” and “Transformers.” Her character, Mikaela, wears a short skirt, boots and a tank top. She begrudgingly accepts that she “has to” sit in the male protagonist’s lap when they are in a car with only one seat belt. One of their first exchanges in the movie is when Shia LaBeouf’s character stammers, “I was wondering if I could ride you home. I mean, give you a ride home.”

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The Cool Girl is another trope that ignores women’s autonomy. This creates extreme discomfort in the women watching and playing these female characters. The sexualization of Megan Fox’s character is what led to her leaving the “Transformers” films. Despite co-stars noticing Fox’s intense discomfort, the sexualization continued until Fox felt that she had no other choice but to quit her job. “Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment [stuff] that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women,” LaBeouf said. “Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old sexuality. It’s summer. It’s Michael’s style. And I think [Fox] never got comfortable with it.”

Prior to the #MeToo movement, women in the media were not taken as seriously. The insults and rumors spread about Fox being difficult to work with encouraged everyone to dismiss her experiences. “I feel like I was sort of out and in front of the #MeToo movement before the #MeToo movement happened, I was speaking out and saying, ‘Hey, these things are happening to me and they’re not OK,’ … And everyone was like, ‘Oh well, f**k you. We don’t care, you deserve it.’ Because everybody talked about how you looked or how you dressed or the jokes you made.”

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Megan Fox is held to the hot, understanding Cool Girl always. Because if there is one thing a Cool Girl is not, it’s defiant. “Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.”

The Cool Girl is a great example of why the phrase “you’re not like other girls” is met with disdain. Because beneath the backhanded compliment is an insult toward an entire gender. “Not being like other girls” doesn’t mean being unique; in fact it can be very easy to be a Cool Girl willing to dismiss her emotions and have a beautiful face and body.

Writer Abby Rosmarin admits being the Cool Girl destroyed her life. “I used to love saying I was ‘not like other girls,’ she said. I considered myself the ‘perfect girlfriend,’ not because I was caring or empathetic, but because I swore I’d never get upset, never show signs of neediness, and certainly never say the L word first, even if the love I felt was slowly consuming me alive.” Like the Nice Guy, the Cool Girl is often written as the more appealing alternative to a regular girl.

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In “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” Rachel, played by Mila Kunis, is the appealing love interest due to her easygoing personality. When the male protagonist, Jason, offers to buy Rachel’s drink she says, “You don’t have to dote on me. I’m not that type of girl.” Rachel is the Cool Girl. She is the opposite of the needy, emotional Sarah Marshall who Jason is trying to escape. This can also be seen in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” when Andie must make a guy dump her for her job.

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To do this she pretends to be “the bad girlfriend.” Basically, everything we know guys hate,” Andie says. “I’ll be clingy, needy…” Her friend recommends also being touchy-feely and even calling him to say everything she’s had to eat.” An emotional girlfriend looking for support is “crazy.” This movie is a comedy and it is an exaggeration of these traits, but men’s distaste for emotions and commitment is accepted without question. Like Andie’s friend, Michelle, asks, “What’s wrong with that?”

On and off the camera, the Cool Girl, and the writers of her movie, dismisses the idea of a man needing to respect and protect a woman’s boundaries and desires. In “Black Swan” Mila Kunis’ character is used to demean ballerina Nina, Natalie Portman, and her emotions. Where Nina is anxious and hardworking, Odile drinks and has tattoos, all while maintaining a perfect image in the eyes of their male instructor. “Watch the way she moves,” he tells Nina. “Imprecise, but effortless. She’s not faking it.” The choreographer, Thomas, insists he only wants Nina to be more relaxed, insisting he “thinks she has potential,” even as he gives her the leading role.

Women who did not fit the Cool Girl type are made to feel insecure and uncomfortable until they stop protesting male advances or voicing their emotions. This can be seen when Thomas touches Nina, kissing her, playing with her hair and encouraging her to go home and masturbate. Nina is bulimic, anxious and abused by her family. Thomas insists that if Nina refuses her emotions, maintains her body type and maintains perfection all while being relaxed, she will be everything Odile is. She will be the Cool Girl.

Modern media receives stronger critique of such tropes. But for writers who wish to end this trope once and for all, there are other solutions. Destroy the idea that being a women is “effortless.” Being in a relationship requires input from both people. A good girlfriend is not an emotionless sex machine; she is a person. Being in good shape is difficult too. It requires attention, exercise and diet. The actresses playing these women are on strict regimens.

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Instead of critiquing women who care, we need to raise up women who work. The women who speak their minds should not be shushed or made to be inconvenient. The Cool Girl is a girl who boys like. A woman is not a girl, and she is not a commodity. Women get angry, they cry, they have emotions like anyone else and we need to celebrate this. We must celebrate women who persevere, not because of a man’s motivation or desires, but because women are strong, emotional creatures like anyone else. There is nothing cool about faking perfection. The coolest thing a woman can be is genuine, her biggest defender and her loudest cheerleader. She has standards and dreams of her own. She is a human being, and because of that she cannot be perfect.


What is the cool girl trope? ›

According to Amy, the cool girl is every man's ideal woman. She likes sports and eating junk food, while remaining incredibly skinny. Typically, she's white, but she will alternate herself depending on her man's desires. If he's into Marvel, she's a comic book genius.

What does girl trope mean? ›

The Mean Girl trope had us all believe that the dark side to womanhood is catty, conniving competitiveness. The problem is, the trope assumes womanhood as the reason for catty, conniving behavior, and never explores anything more.

What do you consider as a cliché trope in any media? ›

A cliché is a trope that has been used poorly. Since it is seen as overused, clichés typically are associated with a negative connotation. For example, the trope of the villain grabbing the damsel in distress is considered cliché because it has been so overused.

What is a trope in a movie? ›


Film tropes are thematic storytelling devices that communicate something figurative to an audience. They can be something as simple as an object with symbolic meaning or something as complex as an action with referential meaning.

What does it mean to be the cool girl? ›

What is the cool girl? The cool girl is one of the guys. She's the direct mirror to the male protagonists' likes and dislikes within the world. She's fun, raunchy, profane, and effortlessly hot. The most important aspect of a cool girl is that "she's not like other girls."

What does being a cool girl mean? ›

She's the girl with mad confidence, who knows her self-worth and isn't preoccupied with the latest gossip or drama. She's effortlessly cool: she knows who she is, and she's okay with it. She does her own thing, beats to her own drum, and makes you want to do the same.

What is a trope example? ›

The phrase, 'stop and smell the roses,' and the meaning we take from it, is an example of a trope. Derived from the Greek word tropos, which means, 'turn, direction, way,' tropes are figures of speech that move the meaning of the text from literal to figurative.

What is another word for trope? ›

In this page you can discover 16 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for trope, like: figure-of-speech, simile, figure, archetype, topos, metaphor, intertextuality, hypertextuality, comparison, image and allegory.

What does trope mean in slang? ›

1a : a word or expression used in a figurative sense : figure of speech. b : a common or overused theme or device : cliché the usual horror movie tropes.

What are the 3 types of trope? ›

Types of Tropes
  • Irony: This occurs when words or events convey something different—often the opposite—of their actual meaning. ...
  • Oxymoron: This figure of speech uses contradictory words as a paired unit. ...
  • Paradox: A paradox is when one uses contradictory ideas to make a valid point.

What is the most overused trope? ›

Average person takes the crown

There is something about an average person who suddenly discovers that there is something special about him / her. We all wish that this could happen to us, but this has been one of the most overused tropes.

What is the most popular trope? ›

Top Ten Favorite Tropes
  • The Fauxmance. Probably my favorite trope is the fauxmance. ...
  • Friends to Lovers. I love best friends turned lovers. ...
  • Survival Situations. I love it when characters are stranded in the wilderness. ...
  • Snowed In. ...
  • Small Town Romance. ...
  • International Travel. ...
  • Spy/Espionage Thrillers. ...
  • Heists.
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Is a trope the same as a stereotype? ›

A Trope is a stereotype that writers find useful in communicating with readers.” (x) However, because the word stereotype has become so stigmatized in society, we prefer to think of tropes as specific to storytelling. You use tropes in your writing.

Is a trope negative? ›

Though the word trope has taken on a negative connotation in recent years as a signifier of an overused genre convention, literary tropes—including irony, hyperbole, and synecdoche—are tools you can employ to elevate your writing.

How many tropes are there? ›

The overwhelming number of tropes -- about 20,000, Eddie estimates -- can make writing seem no different from welding pipes together.

How do cool girls get off? ›

10 Ways To Be The "Cool Girl" Every Guy Wants To Be With
  1. Don't wear makeup that looks like you are actually wearing makeup. ...
  2. Never get too emotional about anything. ...
  3. Watch all sports. ...
  4. Drink whiskey on the rocks. ...
  5. Be able to quote. ...
  6. Play sports...naked. ...
  7. Wrestle with his giant dog.
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How do I stop being a cool girl? ›

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  1. Realize that saying “no” is a good thing. ...
  2. Break the habit of doubting yourself. ...
  3. Get excited about getting to know yourself. ...
  4. Stop and take a reality check. ...
  5. Don't stick in relationships that don't work for you.
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What does it mean when a guy calls you a cool girl? ›

It's almost always a compliment. It usually means “there's something about you that I find appealing in a sexual, romantic or friendly nature that makes me enjoy your company.” It's usually a really subtle way of telling someone you enjoy being around them without making a big deal about the emotions behind it.

How can you tell a girl is cool? ›

8 signs you've encountered a cool girl
  1. Inspired jewellery. ...
  2. 'Best butt ever' denim. ...
  3. Statement-worthy style. ...
  4. A cool girl spoils herself. ...
  5. Quality over quantity. ...
  6. She supports indie designers. ...
  7. She keeps her white shoes white. ...
  8. She never wears leggings as pants.

What makes a girl cool to a guy? ›

Cool girls bring funny, positive thoughts and feelings to situations to create an experience that men will want to have again and again. Cool girls are willing to go with the flow when it comes to social things but make assertions when they have opinions and ideas.

What do cool girls wear? ›

How would you define the ideal cool-girl outfit, though? It's that edgy, authentic combination of casual and haute, it merges polarities such as high heels and ripped jeans, or flat Ugg booties and a mini dress. It also emphasizes athleisure as the modern go-to both for casual get-togethers and fancy occasions.

Is a meme a trope? ›

A “meme” exists in a more tangible form and is contagious, like a quirky fashion or a video clip that goes viral. Finally, a “trope” exists in a literary form, like a figure of speech or a thematic device. The definitions in standard dictionaries are fairly straightforward.

How do you explain trope to a child? ›

It is essentially something which is easily recognisable for the purpose that is intended. It will be a repeated element. A good example of a trope is a child who is playing whilst wearing a cape, you would automatically recognise this as the child pretending to be a superhero-this is a trope.

How do you use trope in a sentence? ›

Trope sentence example. Of course, the car chase is a standard trope of the Hollywood film, never the traffic jam. Moving from vampires to aliens, she turns the trope of "aliens among us" into interesting scifi through her skill at bringing the characters to life and making the reader care.

What is the purpose of a trope? ›

Classically, tropes are used to improve a writer's depiction of anything from a person, place, idea, thing, experience, or creature. They make the writing feel more alive and can capture a reader's attention in ways that otherwise would not be possible.

When did trope become a word? ›

The first records of the term trope come from around 1525. It ultimately comes from the Greek trópos, meaning “turn, manner, style, figure of speech.” In rhetoric, a trope is another term for a figure of speech. The use of trope to mean a “recurring theme” is a more modern usage.

Is trope a new word? ›

Trope has been in English about five centuries, and its meaning has been mostly consistent through this time. It descends from the Latin tropus, meaning figure of speech, which in turn comes from a Greek word meaning a turn—itself a trope referring to the figurative turning of words from their literal meanings.

What is a trope TikTok? ›

"Figure of Speech or Cliché" is the most common definition for TROPE on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. TROPE. Definition: Figure of Speech or Cliché

What is a love trope? ›

Trope: (in a romantic novel) a plot, theme, device or character used so often that it has become a convention within the genre. In other words: a romantic trope is the thing readers buy the romance for! Tropes aren't cliches, really, and they aren't formulas. They definitely aren't a paint by numbers novel solution.

What are tropes in a story? ›

What Is a Trope? A trope in literary terms is a plot device or character attribute that is used so commonly in the genre that it's seen as commonplace or conventional. For example, a trope in superhero stories is a villain who wants to take over the world.

What is the difference between trope and theme? ›

A trope in literature is defined as a recurring theme or a literary device that can be found in many different texts. Tropes often refer to archetypes, stereotypes, themes, motifs, and symbols that are used over and over again.

What trope is irony? ›

Irony is similar to sarcasm in the fact that the surface detail says one thing, but a different meaning is implied. The irony trope is different from a 'sense of irony' where a person appreciates ironic events. There are three main types of irony: dramatic irony, spoken irony and situational irony.

Is imagery a trope? ›

Another word for trope is figure of speech or figure of thought, and such figures all have two things in common: 1) they are substitutions, where one word or phrase stands in for another, and 2) there is something image-like about them, as indicated by the words 'figure' and 'imagery'.

Are tropes good or bad? ›

The word “trope” is often used as a pejorative in and of itself, but it's better to think of it as a neutral term. Tropes are simply communication tools and aren't inherently harmful to use in your stories. In fact, if executed well, tropes allow you to do very interesting things as a creator.

What are some common character tropes? ›

Examples of common, often-cliched character tropes include:
  • The damsel in distress.
  • The chosen one.
  • The girl next door.
  • The femme fatale.
  • The mad scientist.
  • The trusty sidekick.
  • The dumb muscle.
  • The wise old man.

What is the best love trope? ›

What Are The Most Popular Romance Tropes?
  • Friends To Lovers.
  • Enemies To Lovers.
  • Fake Dating.
  • Forced Proximity.
  • Office Romance.
  • Love Triangle.
  • Single Parent.
  • Grumpy Vs Sunshine.
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What trope is it ends with us? ›

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is an absorbing love story about finding your perfect person until circumstances show you he's not. For Lily, she's had two such men and how they come together, apart, and together again is my idea of an awesome romance novel trope. Romance fans will want this book!

What is the most cliche story? ›

Love Triangle

The love triangle is one of the biggest clichés, and it occurs much often in romance novels, as well as in other genres that are sprinkled with romance, especially in Young Adult.

What makes a trope cliché? ›

A cliche is a phrase that is overused or stereotypical. Sometimes a trope that has been overdone, is severely dated, or was trash to begin with is referred to as a cliche or a “cliched trope.”

What is the difference between archetype and trope? ›

Archetypes refer more to a role, whereas tropes refer more to a personality. So a 'mentor' archetype is a character who plays a role of guiding a main character.

What is archetype vs stereotype? ›

Definition. Archetype is a recurring symbol or motif in literature that represents universal patterns of human nature. Stereotype is a character with generalized character traits.

Is everything a trope? ›

This wiki is about tropes, which are conventions and tools in storytelling. But not everything we record is a trope, nor is everything in storytelling a trope. Some things that aren't tropes may still be notable enough to get their own pages on the wiki, but others may not.

How do you pronounce trope? ›

Break 'trope' down into sounds: [TROHP] - say it out loud and exaggerate the sounds until you can consistently produce them.
Test your pronunciation on words that have sound similarities with 'trope':
  1. trap.
  2. trapp.
  3. trip.
  4. tripe.
  5. tripp.
  6. trippe.
  7. troop.
  8. troup.

What are Hollywood tropes? ›

In cinema, a trope is what The Art Direction Handbook for Film defines as "a universally identified image imbued with several layers of contextual meaning creating a new visual metaphor".

How do you use tropes effectively? ›

3 Tips for Effectively Using Fantasy Tropes in Your Writing
  1. Use audience expectations to your advantage. ...
  2. Establish clear rules for your world. ...
  3. Use tropes to tell an emotionally compelling story.
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Should tropes be avoided? ›

Get rid of those bad character tropes

As much as you can, avoid character tropes. They can make your scripts feel cliched and flat. Be aware of classic character tropes and ask yourself if you fall into them and whether you can invert them. Also, focus on what makes the character natural and rounded.

How do you stop writing tropes? ›

5 Tips for Avoiding Character Tropes
  1. Figure out what your characters really want. ...
  2. Look for opportunities to subvert tropes. ...
  3. Get to know your characters outside the story. ...
  4. Allow your characters' personalities to change. ...
  5. Avoid clichéd situations.
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What is the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope? ›

A popular trope in movies and media is the “manic pixie dream girl.” The trope is usually used by men to describe a girl who is “different” and “not like other girls.” This girl tends to be defined as “quirky,” and she gives a greater life purpose to the male protagonist.

What is the meaning of weird girl? ›

Meanwhile, the weird girl has unusual interests or affectations that perplex the normals. Considering her alternative attitude and interests, the weird girl has few or no friends. That fuels people's disdain for her, because nobody really knows her. She also rarely has a romantic partner.

Is Clementine a MPDG? ›

In “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” Kate Winslet's Clementine appears a total MPDG.

What is the opposite of Manic Pixie Dream Girl? ›

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What is the male version of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl? ›

The Manic Pixie Dream Boyfriend”, writes Anna Breslaw, is “the self-mythologizing 'free-spirited' dude who's determined to make your life magical, whether you want it or not.” He is, the essay posits, the kind of man irresistible to goal-orientated, career driven women, who need a break from obsessing about hitting ...

Who is the strongest female fictional character? ›

10 of the Most Powerful Female Characters in Literature
  • Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre.
  • Hermione Granger, the Harry Potter series.
  • The Wife of Bath, The Canterbury Tales.
  • Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games trilogy.
  • Hester Prynne, The Scarlet Letter.
  • Éowyn, The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • Lyra Silvertongue, His Dark Materials trilogy.
25 Dec 2012

How do I stop being a cool girl? ›

How To Stop Being A “Chill Girl” And Start Being You
  1. Realize that saying “no” is a good thing. ...
  2. Break the habit of doubting yourself. ...
  3. Get excited about getting to know yourself. ...
  4. Stop and take a reality check. ...
  5. Don't stick in relationships that don't work for you.
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What makes a girl popular in high school? ›

If you want to become popular, focus on being a likable person who others genuinely want to be around. You can also gain recognition and respect in your school by joining a variety of clubs and activities. If you put yourself out there and strive to be more social, popularity will follow in time.

What do cool girls wear? ›

How would you define the ideal cool-girl outfit, though? It's that edgy, authentic combination of casual and haute, it merges polarities such as high heels and ripped jeans, or flat Ugg booties and a mini dress. It also emphasizes athleisure as the modern go-to both for casual get-togethers and fancy occasions.

Is weirdo a rude word? ›

Weirdo is very informal. It's used both positively and negatively depending on what the speaker wants to imply about the person they're calling a weirdo.

What makes someone weird? ›

Simply being too different from the norm in some way

Many people will be seen as weird simply for dressing differently, having an esoteric hobby, having a unique way of looking at the world, or having opinions that aren't entirely mainstream.

Does weird have a negative connotation? ›

Being weird has generally been seen by society as a negative. It's called you out, pointed a finger at and perhaps even verbally abused you; generally degraded you. Just because you are you. As a society we are too quick to judge and too slow to accept one another for who we are.


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