In a different era, the It Girl was someone whose photo was taken by onlookers at all the good parties. The new It Girl is someone who takes photos of herself, at home. She spends her time alone and is seen on Instagram, where her “art direction” is what makes her desirable. These young women, Stagg notes, “are, more often than not, self-described homebodies, even antisocial. Today, a cool girl is coaxed from a bedroom iPhone shoot into a professional studio.”
Gurinder Chadha’s film Blinded by the Light is a simple, fun yet powerful ode to Bruce Springsteen. For me, the movie captured how popular music not only interweaves across social, economic, cultural and generational situations but also gives voice and identity to those who have neither.