Gucci This, Louis That: 7 Signs That You’re “Bougie”

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May 1, 2012 ‐ By Kimberly Shorter

Source: S2S Magazine

Your friends have been telling you that you’re bougie (derived from bourgeois), but you deny it. You simply have distinctive tastes and enjoy nice things, and there’s nothing wrong with that. That doesn’t make you bougie, does it? When you think bougie, you think of Toni Childs on Girlfriends or Hilary Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. But it’s more to it than these TV characters who were poster children for sadity-ness. Don’t think you’re bourgie? Well, check out these 7 signs to see if you actually are.

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  • Random

    I thought the term bougie derived from the stereotypical rich woman or man with old money. I see a bougie person as anyone who looks down on another’s lifestyle because of financial limitations or differences in a condescending manner. Also people who thinks certain venues, products, neighborhoods or activities are beneath them when truth be told, they could be 6 feet BENEATH everything in a moment’s glance. When Paris Hilton said (in other words) she didn’t shop at mega chain store Wal-Mart, a lot of people thought that was beyond bougie at the time. Now that we have, “new bougie money,” somehow that entitles old bougie money to well, continue feeling condescendingly entitled.

  • annab

    Yeah, this list should be re-titled…”7 signs you are a Gold Digger Trying to Look Bougie on Some Sucker’s Dime”! Completely misses the mark.

  • Douze the Diva

    This is thee most ignorant crap ever! Sounds more wannabe than anything… If you have it… You have it. Period… Point blank… This sounds like people who were poor and then came into some money. Whatever!

  • Tiffany

    All this stuff is for people with “new money”. Old money have expensive taste when it comes to things that impact one’s lifestyle. A person with money doesn’t need to buy things with an apparent label because the cheapest things in a high end store are those with the label showing. Old money has life experiences such as non-financial assets like expensive art and lots of traveling experiences. People who are adamant in behaving the way this article says they do are just trying to “CLASS PASS”

  • Nunya

    You guys are really reaching for content, aren’tcha? *smmfh*

  • Rondachambers

    Liking good food and wine and caring about your appearance doesn’t make you bougie.  

  • Rondachambers

    Liking good food and wine and caring about your appearance doesn’t make you bougie.  

  • Rondachambers

    Liking good food and wine and caring about your appearance doesn’t make you bougie.  

  • Rondachambers

    Liking good food and wine and caring about your appearance doesn’t make you bougie.  

  • Rondachambers

    Liking good food and wine and caring about your appearance doesn’t make you bougie.  

  • Lorenzo

    Jamacangirl, Bougie was not derived from Bourgeois. Please write what you can support.

  • Lorenzo

    Jamacangirl, Bougie was not derived from Bourgeois. Please write what you can support.

  • Lorenzo

    Bougie is a suppository, Please don’t use the word slang terms like this. Use the actual word “bourgeois” it will at least give those that are claiming the status credience. At least one can deduce a book was read at least one time in thier life.

  • Lorenzo

    Bougie is a suppository, Please don’t use the word slang terms like this. Use the actual word “bourgeois” it will at least give those that are claiming the status credience. At least one can deduce a book was read at least one time in thier life.

  • Exotic Burmeste

    Superficial and Vain to me doesn’t define Bougie.  Seems more like insecure individuals.

  • Amija James

    I only know a couple of people who are truly bougie.  They come from money and they don’t fit this list. The not going in the hood is a given.  Isn’t that called common sense?  I’m not bougie and I don’t go into the hood.  
    Most of the people who focus on labels are hood and think that labels can cover up how hood they are.  

  • ♥kiss♥ my♥passion♥

    A: I should be wined and dined and it doesn’t necessarily need be by a man! What’s wrong with a ford focus?
    B: Nothing is wrong with going to the spa some people don’t wear well with stress when you work 7 days a week and you have to fight tooth and nail to get Sunday morning off. 
    C. Going back to my hood would get me shot at or robbed.  People don’t like when you leave, start doin’ well and start taking their recruits and getting them into post secondary education rather than the streets not making good choices.
    …I’m just sayin…

  • Jamacangirl

    Bourgeois from which the word bougie is derived is defined as associated with affluent middle-class people, who are often
    characterized as conventional, conservative, or materialistic in outlook.  The author of this piece took one word from the definition to write this article, the word being materialistic and all the trappings that come along with it i.e. self involvement, selfishness, etc…This article should be entitled 7 signs you’re Materialistic and Shallow not bougie…..

  • Bubbah

    Please tell Marlo that “bougie” women DO NOT GET ARRESTED SEVEN (7) TIMES !!! 
     

  • jackieOsassin

    next stops, loveless-marriage avenue and trophy wife-ville!!

  • Gigi7

    Can black women please give the weaves a rest? How can one look down upon someone else’s hair when that which is on their head was paid for and sewn/glued in? It looks ridiculous. Everybody knows that it’s fake. I have naturally long hair and people are stunned to learn that it is real because we live in a world where thousands of black women are risking alopecia and other disorders just to walk around with a big fake mop of hair on their head. All the while whites and Asians get richer and richer. Take care of yourself and your natural hair and it will be beautiful. You don’t need to buy it from someone else.

    • Tallchiick

      Here we go again…you’re preaching to the choir…weave is NOT going anywhere…women been wearing fake hair since forever…so stop telling women what to do with THEIR hair…if a woman wanna get a weave, relaxer, go natural..thats on them…who are u to say “stop doing that to YOUR hair”..people irk me with that mess…get over it…if u dont like it…you dont have to rock it…

    • Lalatarea

      your ignorance is incredibly appalling.

  • donteffwitme

    ummm am i the only one who noticed that last pic with that mans hair more laid than hers? that right there is some pure d mess! lol I hope she is not on a date with that queen!

  • MisterSmith789

    Please read the book Black Bourgeoisie by E. Franklin Frazier for a better understanding of this often mis-used word. Equating and reducing the meaning to designer clothing and hair weaves is like bringing checkers to a chess match.

  • LiiSH

    I can deal with so called “bougie” chicks. I mean if thats you then do you. But nowadays females feel entitled to all this stuff. Honey if you cannot work to provide these things for yourself, you cannot expect a man to do it for you. If he chooses to do so, then cool. But you need to be able to get your own if its what you want.

  • Jhghghfgdff

    Your damn F***ing right bougie B is my nickname. Nothing but the best is my motto you only live once.

  • Wow

    Years of observation has taught me that braggarts are the loudest, most boisterous and above all the most insecure, but they are also the least authentic.  This article reminds me of the girls I grew up around who picked at anyone who didn’t have on name brand everything, yet as you grow up and realize that these were the same chicks who’s moms were living off of their drug dealing boyfriends while collecting govt. checks.   We are good at pretending and much too content with our knockoffs and $500 weaves. It doesn’t seem to faze us that we aren’t making a single penny in profit off of the crap we spend our money on, all while making other folks factually and monetarily rich while we stand in front of the cameras and in our peers pretending to be.

  • Jen

    Hint: the women who approved this list are decidedly NOT BOURGIE.

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  • Guestie

     I liked the article only because I never really knew how to spell the slang word ‘bougie.’ Haha
    Now I know.
    I don’t know about the rest of the world but Chicago is chuck full of these fake type of females. There are some gems out there too but there are a lotta ‘bougie beasts’ lurking around too. I think it’s gotten even worse since the advent of ‘Reality’ TV.
    Do yourself a favor and ignore these hos and kick it with genuine and original people.

  • Ladylum2

    I understand what the article was saying but bourgeois is just another way of saying middle class. By definition, this article is wrong because most middle class people I know are struggling these days. 

  • F3ral Anarchy

    why again dont my black people every have anything to pass along to family at their time of death?!  Wait what do you mean there is nothing on her estate?!  You mean she didnt have as much as a $500k insurance policy that only costs about $127 dollars a month during life?!  But she had $1k purses how could she not afford that insurance policy?  smh

  • MisterSmith789

    This article is a BIG MISS ! This just described a bunch of WANNA B’s. The women described here are the type who would travel all the way to France, then eat at McDonalds, hang in the club all week and never set foot in a museum. What about trust funds, golf/tennis/swim club memberships, exclusive schools, equestrian (like Phaedra), NEVER having to work, etc. Now thats bougie.

  • NICK O’PLEECE

    I’d rather be considered bourgeois than ratchetty any day.  Ain’t nothing wrong with it.

  • TashaJ

    “Bougie” is a state of being, it is a confidence and
    self-assured state that one possesses. It has more to do with how one carries themself,
    and less to do with labels, superficial things, and outside judgment / ridicule
    of people who may have less; a “Bougie” Girls can rock anything and bring:
    class, grace, and sophistication to it! “Bougie” Girls stand up! :-P  
     

    • MisterSmith789

      concerning that definition, please read E. Franklin Fraziers : Black Bourgeoisie. It’s a little deeper than that.

      • TashaJ

         

        Touché’! And I’ll have to check it out. This was an oversimplified
        “definition;” the main points that I wanted to elicit with my post are that
        being “Bougie” is about more than having material things, and being “artificial,”
        or a “Poser.” Also, my last statement about “Bougie Girls” being able to rock
        anything and still look refined is to allude to the fact that labels don’t define
        the “Bougie” state; I can wear less seemingly obvious attire and still be “Bougie”
        based on my innate persona.  

  • GovermentChecks

    Eff that because I talk a tad bit proper than people I grew up with I was called bougie I’m not even materialistic ….. I have however been into all kinds of music … don’t eat pork or any red meat occasionally go vegan and my fam acused me of being Bougie … FYI Bougie is more evidence that black people can not accept each other differences. I know Hood Chicks that do the same things as listed above including being picking EXample*** I only mess with thugs, Redbones, Rappers etc…  you get my point. They get they hands on some loot they be wearing louboutin blowing money fast.

  • me

    Tacky article…..I know there is something of substance to speak on out there…..

  • Crispin_decluesmith

    Correction, that is Bougetto….  Women that are use to nice things, don’t have to throw names around.  That is totally unattractive and tacky. 

    • Mls2698

      Or take picks of their Loubbie’s saying, ” this is my shoe game.” BBW,  Ev.

    • 01whatever

      Thank You. (co-signing).

  • Whyumad?

    I’ve always been materialistic :/ I’m not proud of that trait I’ll have to blame my mother for that one. I love nice things but I don’t flaunt what I have anyone into fashion or luxury labels can tell. My closet is to die for!!!!! Work hard and play even harder and gifts are always appreciated and nice. Wink!!!

  • YokoDMV

    this describes an insecure woman who is has poor money management skills…not bougie.

    • Mls2698

      1up!

  • jumelle

    Authentic “Bougies” have no need to proclaim their labels- in fact- they are more interested in stretching their money- investments, properties, stocks/bonds, etc….

    These new money broads on reality tv will learn the hard way-

    • Trulysnooty

       truth!

  • Nefijones1

    The traits on this articles list and the traits of wanna be bougie. 

    People with old money never flaunt or carry on.  They tend to have a realness about themsselves, and they tend not to waste there money on superficial things on aan ongoing basis. 

    • Gimmeabreak78

      I think that’s precisely what “bougie” is–new money!  Think about it.  No one calls the Kennedys or the Rockerfellers bougie.  The cast of any Real Housewives show, however–bingo!

  • Earthspirit

    Wow…ok..where do I begin? I have to say all of these listed except for throwing the “over-the-top” parties and the “to be seen” socialite does not fit me. Everything else on the list pretty much does. Personally for me, it’s about choosing to take care of me and quality..I’d rather pay for a label $400- $700 (which is not often) for a pair of shoes that I can keep over the years as opposed to buying a pair of kicks from the mall (which is nothing wrong with shopping at a mall) that I have to throw away because of the shotty craftsmanship. Also, avoiding the hood? I know other sistas who are not bougie at all , who avoid the hood at all times I think it has to do with safety (sarcasm). And lastly, discriminating tastes when it comes to men…as long as the gentleman is a hardworking, caring and just a good man overall , I’m not going to care of his status, car, job or wallet size…However, I think ALL women should have some discrimination when choosing a suitable mate.

    • Trulysnooty

       its shoddy dear, not shotty

      • Earthspirit

        oh my word…a misspelling….please forgive me *rolls eyes*

      • OhPlease

        Please get a life an stop being a grammer nazi..truly annoying

      • OhPlease

        Please get a life an stop being a grammer nazi..truly annoying

        • OhPlease

          Oh wait, let me correct before the grammer nazi…I meant “and stop”

          • Nunya

            You forgot “grammar.” Dummy.

        • OhPlease

          Oh wait, let me correct before the grammer nazi…I meant “and stop”

        • OhPlease

          Oh wait, let me correct before the grammer nazi…I meant “and stop”

      • OhPlease

        Please get a life an stop being a grammer nazi..truly annoying

  • L-Boogie

    These are signs that the individual is just vain and superficial. 

    • L-Boogie

      Also, I noticed that all these pictures are of Black women.  Um, this comes in all races.  

      • Grace

        Hey jack@ass, you’re on MadameNOIRE, hence the photos of BLACK women.  SMDH.

        • L-Boogie

          Yeah, this website has pictures of all women.  Before you check someone check yourself.  Have a nice day. 

    • GovermentChecks

      Exactly I could not put it into words but I knew I didn’t agree with the list because Vain and Superficial people in the Suburbs, Hills and Hood.

  • awet

    This list sounds like women who try to be “bougie” but are not innately “bougie.”

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