Thanks to the rise of this popular YouTube video, the term “bad bitch” has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue this summer. Yet, despite the clichéd rap lyrics, few people actually understand what really differentiates the bad bitches from the basic bitches.
While the YouTube video did a great job of illustrating some warning signs (foot tattoo of astrological sign, "Sex and the City" themed brunches, "Teen Mom" marathons), a bad bitch’s badness extends past her lack of yoga pants and directly to her core.
Here are a few ways to tell the difference between a bad bitch and a basic bitch:
It has nothing to do with looks.
Contrary to widely held beliefs, piercings, tattoos or other body modifications do not make a girl a bad bitch. The baddest bitches are often the one’s you’d least suspect.
A bad bitch has her own style and doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone. She’s far too concerned with accomplishing her goals to worry about attracting others through pure shock value alone.
That being said, maybe her passion in life is to be the best tattoo artist, in which case, she’s doing her own thing.
Basic bitches judge.
Bad bitches try to understand. The baddest bitches in the world are the ones who actually take the time to step out of their comfort zones and try to understand the world from a different perspective.
Basic bitches quote Marilyn Monroe.
Bad bitches quote from books they’ve actually read. Basic bitches think they should be accepted for who they are, while bad bitches continually strive to improve themselves.
While the basic bitch wants a man that will handle her at her worst, a bad bitch wants a man that will make her better. Basic bitches enjoy lounging in yoga pants and watching “Say Yes to the Dress,” while bad bitches are actually out doing yoga -- probably on a mountain, paddle board or beach somewhere.
Basic bitches stick to what they know.
Bad bitches expand their horizons. While the basic bitch brunches primarily with her high school girlfriends, sorority sisters and maybe a handful of work colleagues, the bad bitch’s social circle includes people of all ages, races and backgrounds.
The bad bitch knows that a diverse group of friends and experiences is the key to personal growth and development.
Bad bitches do not brunch.
Sure, they might eat French toast or pancakes on occasion, but they don’t have time for hours of idle gossip and unproductive chitchat.
Basic bitches talk about people, while bad bitches talk about ideas.
Bad bitches don’t judge each other; it’s in poor form. They’re more likely to spend their time talking about books, movies, current events and ideas rather than worry about what the Kardashians or even their sorority sisters are doing.
Bad bitches know that gossiping is a waste of time.
Basic bitches think about what they don’t have.
Bad bitches view everything as a resource, even the struggles. While basic bitches bemoan their lack of money, a boyfriend, husband or kids, a bad bitch gives thanks every day for the good she has in her life, even if it’s not a lot.
The bad bitch figures out how to play the cards she was dealt rather than worrying about what’s in someone else’s hand.
Basic bitches live their lives on someone else’s terms.
Bad bitches write their own terms. Basic bitches get upset when their life doesn’t go according to some blueprint. A bad bitch knows that she’s the architect of her life and she draws up her own plan.
If some people don’t like what she created, screw it. Some people didn’t like the Mona Lisa. While basic bitches rely on the Internet to tell them what they should be doing at a certain age, a bad bitch knows that fun, happiness and hope have no age limits.
A basic bitch lives in fear, while a bad bitch lives in hope.
Some of the baddest bitches I know range in age from 20 to 38. They’ve realized that life is short and it could end tomorrow, and a bad bitch realizes that she is limited only by the constraints she sets on herself.
A basic bitch thinks looks are everything.
A bad bitch understands that looks matter, but they’re not everything. Bad bitches are realistic enough to understand that physical attractiveness is important, but it’s just one piece of the puzzle.
Lots of pretty girls can get in the front door, but the baddest bitches are the ones who end up in the penthouse of the life that they built for themselves.
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