Calling All The Basic Bitches - We Have An Announcement

Calling All The Basic Bitches - We Have An Announcement

The phrase Basic Bitch has been sent stratospheric by Kate Moss, and here at InStyle we're divided. Are you with us or against us?

It’s been a bit of a bad week for you if you don't like hearing the phrase basic bitches. Hell, even our mums are using it now. And who is responsible for getting it trending harder than a Chanel espadrille? Princess Kate of course. No, not that one, the original, Miss Moss. First she got escorted off a flight for calling the pilot ‘a basic bitch’. Then a video of her with Marc Jacobs got unearthed, with both of them looking fabulously camp on a bed reciting the mantra, ‘Calling all the basic bitches - we have an announcement - you’re basic’.

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This ones for you @lohanthony it was Kate's idea!

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The basic bitch gets stick for being too, well basic. She's late to the party with every trend, always goes for the obvious and safe over the bold and you can identify her by her Sex and the City box sets and 'Keep Calm and Drink More Champagne' teatowels. Meet her here.

She's all we can talk about here at InStyle, but we're kind of divided over the whole issue. So we decided to deal with it in the best way possible and write each other passive aggressive letters about it.

Dear Em,

Come on, admit it: there’s at least a little bit of basic bitch in you. I’m the first to admit to owning every episode of Friends on DVD and having an unhealthy obsession with Orla Kiely homeware. I’m not ashamed of that, nor that all of my best friends have basic bitch tendencies, too. Because basic bitches are about as far away from being an actual bitch as you could possibly get. I couldn’t think of anyone I’d rather call on in a crisis than a basic bitch. She’s the girl you’ve been friends with for over a decade, you could trust her with your boyfriend, and she always, ALWAYS has prosecco in the fridge. Seriously, what’s not to like?

Love Hannah

 

Dear Hannah

Thanks for getting in touch and for resisting the use of the 'smiley face blowing a kiss emoji' or the pink vibrating heart. Look I get it, I really do. A little bit of basic lurks in all of us – have I watched Mistresses whilst drinking rose and panting my nails putty ( at the point when it's been safely adopted by breakfast TV presenters?) Yes I have. Have I sent my boyfriend a Winnie the Pooh quote and worn a man pleasing wrap dress? Well yes. BUT. I will strive to always be a CB (complex bitch). Because even though the CB might get a bit messy on you when she gets dumped, and will always turn up 7 minutes late for everything accessorising with smeared eyeliner and a parking ticket, she is kinda fun. And she will never post inspirational quotes written by Marylin Monroe on her Instagram page. Or tweet #needcoffee. So lets just agree on one thing – that complex or basic, we're all one kind of bitch –  fabulous.

Love Em
xx

 

TIMELINE OF THE BASIC BITCH

If you’e too embarrassed to ask where it all started for fear of looking well, a bit basic, here’s your quick cheat timeline...

2009 - American comic Lil Duval mentions ‘basic bitches’ on Youtube

2009 - The term enters into Urban Dictionary

2011 - Kreayshawn mentions basic bitches in her song Gucci Gucci

2012 - Youtuber lohanthony uploads ‘Calling all basic bitches’ video

2013 - Iggy Azaela refers to them in a song Change Your Life

2014 - College Humour uolaods sketch about Basic Bicthes which gets more than 9 million views

2015 - Kate sends it stratospheric

 
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