Megan Thee Stallion has officially trademarked the phrase "hot girl summer," according to the rapper on a recent appearance at a Virginia radio station, meaning fast fashion retailers will now have to find something else to put on tees and totes at no cost. All season long, the catchphrase has popped up on every product you can think of, with a few mismatched and misguided brands jumping on the bandwagon in the process, with Meg not seeing any of the financial benefits.
During her recent interview on Virginia's 103 Jamz radio station, the rapper shared the good news after the host asked her about the trademark request. "It's already in the process. It's trademarked. We did it," she said in front of a live audience. While details of what the trademark covers have not been yet made public, it's still a big win for the Houston rapper. Other celebrities have had a much harder time locking down trademarks for phrases they popularized, but didn't necessarily invent, including Cardi B's "Okurr" and LeBron James' "Taco Tuesday"—both requests that were denied earlier this year.
In a recent interview with Allure, the rapper explained that she didn't know the phrase was "gonna catch on how it did," and saw its value as corporations started to use the phrase on social media. "When I saw Wendy’s and Forever 21 saying, 'Hey, are you having a Hot Girl Summer?' I was like, 'Hell no, Forever 21, you’re going to have to pay me,'" she explained.