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The Evolution of American It Girls


Once upon a time, before the Hamptons was taken over by @RichKidsofInstagram, America’s It girls spent their summers in places like Newport, Rhode Island and Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, or lounging on a cruise in a classy one-piece. Here, a history of how America’s leading ladies have spent their summers, from Jackie Kennedy all the way to Paris Hilton.

1

Actress Clara Bow, the first to ever be referred to as an “It girl,” poses on a sailboat in 1929.

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2

Marilyn Monroe refused to actually get in the water.

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3

Jackie and John Kennedy set sail in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts in 1955.

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4

‘70s icon Farrah Fawcett played tennis in style in Los Angeles.

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5

Debbie Harry lounged on Coney Island in 1976, back when the boardwalk was a destination.

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6

Christie Brinkley embodied the ‘80s.

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7

Diane Keaton poses poolside in 1996, but bikinis were definitely not her style.

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8

Chloe Sevigny strolled South Beach in a bright romper in the early 2000s.

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9

Lindsay Lohan soaked up the sun in Malibu in 2004.

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10

Paris and Nicky Hilton lounged on a California beach for Jessica Meisels’ birthday in 2004.

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