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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.

Parlez-vous Louboutin?

If all you know is Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci and Prada, then you’re bougie. Anything not of these brands is beneath you. You love expensive things, and you love to flaunt it. Bougie girls would never be caught dead rocking the “discount diva” look, and everyone knows that this type of girl would never set a Louboutin’d foot in a store that doesn’t carry the only finest labels.

Bougie girls know how to throw fabulous parties.

Bougie girls look up to the Atlanta Housewife Phaedra Parks and her extravagant party planning style. The elaborate presentation of birthday cakes for little Ayden’s first birthday just melted the hearts of bougie girls everywhere. This type of chick believes that “over the top” is just right for any occasion.

“See and Be Seen”: The Bougie Girls Motto

For the bougie girl, it’s not enough to have the best. Bougie girls make it a point to be at all the hottest events so that they can see and be seen, and yes, they dress to the nines for even the most random of said events. This girl has mastered the art of making an entrance and posing for the cameras because she knows (or at least, she thinks) she will make the society blogs the next day.

Too Good for the ‘Hood

A bougie girl might love chicken & waffles, but you’ll never catch her getting any from a carry-out joint in the ‘hood. In fact, she avoids “the hood” as much as possible, except to pay an obligatory visit to grandma during the holidays. Thoughts of going out of her comfort zone of condos and highly-decorated apartments makes the average bougie girl break out in hives.

Every Day’s A Spa Day

For the average budget-minded sistah, a spa day is an occasional treat, usually savored once a month or so. But for the bougie girl, she has a weekly appointment for the works. Bougie girls need their facials, massages and body wraps more than the rest of us need air or water. What shouldn’t be a priority is, and it’s doubtful that the money to do all these things came out of her own pocket.

Bougie Girls believe in weaves

Let me clear this up: not every woman who wears a weave is bougie, and you can probably find a bougie chick with hair of all kinds. However, we think a bougie girl’s hair is always laid. They never have a bad hair day. Not only will she rock the best in Remy hair, but in fact, she knows the difference between Remy and Virgin Remy, and can look at another weave and tell you what kind of hair it is. A bougie girl has her stylist on speed dial and a standing appointment. No bad hair day baseball caps and dry ponytails for her.

Bougie Girls Have Discriminating Tastes

A bougie girl vets her dates more than a presidential candidate. Besides good looks, she checks out his job, salary, the car he drives, where he lives and even what he drinks when he’s out with friends. She would not waste her time dating a guy with a regular job, or a brother who drives a Ford Focus and drinks blue collar beer. Bougie girls expect to be wined and dined at fine restaurants with valet, reservations and white tablecloths. Why, anything less would be uncivilized…

What other characteristics would you add to the list?

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