We’ve all heard the term “Basic Chick.” When I hear that phrase I automatically visualize some girl with stringy bright color weave, tattered leggings two sizes too small, and a fake, bedazzled designer bag. Yikes! And if that isn’t bad enough, when I type in the phrase “basic chick” into my search engine the first thing that pops up is this: “what makes a girl a hood rat or basic chick?” So, you mean to tell me that hood rats and basic chicks are synonymous? Oh. When did being basic become so bad?
Recently, I was looking through some old photos of myself attending events and parties, dressed up and looking good. (If I can say so myself.) But, I seemed to look the happiest in the photos where I wasn’t dolled up with makeup and fancy clothes. In those other pictures I looked good and it looked effortless. Fresh faced, little to no make-up, simple outfit, and pretty much… basic.
Being basic has gotten such a bad wrap. “If you’re a basic chick you do this” (insert negative action of choice). Or “only basic chicks do that” (insert any other negative action of choice). Who decided that being basic was such a terrible thing to be, and why is everyone trying to avoid being considered basic?
The word “basic” is defined as: Forming an essential foundation or starting point; fundamental; the essential facts or principles of a subject.
As I read the definition above I couldn’t help but get excited. Basics are the essential foundation or starting point of something. Basics belong to ones innate or ingrained characteristics. The fundamentals. The ESSENCE of who you are! The “basic you” is who you are at your core. Broken down to its simplest form, it is the ultimate nature of your existence and should be greatly celebrated and revered. Someone remind me again why that’s such a bad thing? I encourage everyone to find, discover or rediscover his or her basic self.
Let’s get back to basics.
Ba · sic \ˈbā-sik\
of, relating to, or forming the base or essence :fundamental
Es · sence \ˈe-sən(t)s\
the individual, real, or ultimate nature of a thing especially as opposed to its existence
belonging to one’s innate or ingrained characteristics