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By Raine Marlowe Graves

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The Original IT girl, and today’s IT girl

Some are born with it, some buy it – most try to fake it. What the hell is it? IT. You know, that “je ne sais quoi“, that certain “something”, that “DAMN!” that someone has that makes you either want to possess them or kill them (out of jealousy of course!). What makes for IT? Of course beauty, brains, charm, (money, drugs, a pied a terre in Monte Carlo) all generate points in the appeal department but IT is different. IT precipi-tates a kind of sick fascination – sort of like watching an accident unfold. I am sure you’re above such petty bourgeois leanings as to fall for such shallow judgement of a person. But to be perfectly honest there are people who hold my interest for no ex-plainable reason, (for instance a celebrity in the tabloids who I am not really interested in yet I buy every magazine with her picture on it and google her weekly) IT at work.

IT is not the same for all people, but the to truly be IT there is usually an agreed con-sensus that someone or something is IT. From the first IT Girl – Clara Bow to our cur-rent list of IT celebutantes find out how to both determine and strive for IT yourself.

The Cooper Union in collaboration with the New Museum is hosting “The IT Factor: What Makes Something Hot” on Wednesday March 28 at 6:30 PM. Through a series of panel discussions with talents scouts, editors, artists and educational elite the elusive ingredient of charisma and “IT-ness” will examined. Tickets are $6.00 at the door and free for New Museum and Cooper Union students, faculty and staff.

Cooper Union is located at 7 East 7th Street at Thirds Avenue. Event takes place in The Great Hall. For Information call 212.353.4195.

Originally published March 2007
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