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Hot Girl Summer encouraged women to love themselves, first.

Hot Girl Summer passed away on September 2, 2019, surrounded by the countless women she had inspired to live their best lives. She was only 3 months old. Beloved partner of the phrase “you do you,” Hot Girl Summer encouraged girls everywhere to be “a real bitch,” and prioritize themselves. Even if that meant squatting in their prewar, West Village apartment long after their parents had stopped paying the rent. With an unwavering passion for beaches and bottomless mimosas, Hot Girl Summer enjoyed a brief, but charismatic life accentuated by both global hashtag growth and occasional viral meme fatigue.

Hot Girl Summer was born to Megan Thee Stallion featuring Niki Minaj and Ty Dolla $sign on May 16, 2019. She attended the University of the Pacific before receiving her Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis on self-care from UC Irvine. A fierce proponent of abandoning friends, family, and habits that don’t serve you, Hot Girl Summer also encouraged young women to be professionally fearless. Under her tutelage, women began to use workplace copiers and printers for personal use. They ignored formal complaints from HR that they stop responding to calendar invites with “#dgaf, ima do me.” Newly empowered, they sent 3am text messages to their bosses asking: “U up?”

A deeply committed feminist, Hot Girl Summer was quick to comment fire emojis on bikini selfies that featured side or underboob. When it came to close-ups of tanned, thong-clad bums, she was always ready with an encouraging peach emoji. She also supported the belief that strong is sexy, and could often be found adding muscle arm emojis to videos that encouraged women to pursue the six-pack that had eluded them in March and April. Many media outlets attempted to capture the exuberant and creative zeitgeist of Hot Girl Summer, but her true essence often eluded both think piece journalists for Teen Vogue and hot takes on Twitter.

Harper remembers the way Hot Girl Summer showed up for millennial women in 2019: “She was, like, always super supportive. I mean, she, like, encouraged me to swipe right, regardless of a guy’s employment status.” Other women are quick to share similar stories. Hot Girl Summer encouraged Taylor to shoot her shot with the gay personal trainer at her gym, and she taught Charlotte it was okay to max out her credit card to buy that Valentino clutch she deserved. “Because of Hot Girl Summer, I learned that if it’s not a hell yes, it’s a hell no!” said Tracy, part-time manager of the SoulCyle in South Hampton.

Her death came unexpectedly, on Labor Day 2019, when her younger sister, Sweater Weather, accidentally suffocated her with a mohair bell sleeve that had not been safely secured above the elbow. While her time with us too short, we will remember Hot Girl Summer for the way in which she was always “here for it.” She is survived by her sister, and brother, Seasonal Fall Latte 2019.

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