Debunking TikTok’s “Lucky Girl Syndrome”.

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There are all kinds of “Girl“ on Tiktok: clean girls, weird girl, girls from the mallwho all have theirs own style and grouped aesthetics.

But in the last few months, a new “girl” has arrived made it big on TikTokAnd she is more of a mindset as a “look”. Her name seems like a diagnosis – but the kind you want to get. She is “Lucky Girl Syndrome.”

It all started with a video of two college students eating Chinese Eat in a car where they explain that they started saying: “everything works for me,” or “everything works for us‘, to a point where she began to believe it. And they say things have really started to work for them: specifically restaurants They long to be open when they want takeout, ye Housing The placements were good and they passed their final exams.

And her video has made in one movement. A tick tock sound of “Affirmations for lucky girls‘ was used in about 25,000 videosand a song by Carlina called “happy girl“—posted last month amid the trend—is over 625,000 plays on Spotify. Carlina’s song used in über 17,000 Tiktok videos about the lucky girl syndrome, also sounds like affirmations.

“I’m a happy girl and all good things come to me, flow to me, move through me,” sings Carlina. “Everything works for me.”

But some lucky girl syndrome videos do make an appearance jokes: TikToker promise that if spectators make a tik tok They will use the audio they have in their video get what they want. That kind of videos Just increase views and engagement for the poster instead of guaranteeing viewers can get what they want because they used a TikTok audio.

“Lucky Girl Syndrome” has its detractors. Some have pointed out that it’s just a rebrand of the law of presumption, or the notion that if you believe something to be true, it will come true. But others have noted that “lucky girl syndrome” feels a lot like white privilege.

“Girls say ‘Yes I was born with Lucky Girl Syndrome’ and they are literally white, cis, conventionally attractive and have money,” TikToker @jijis.m0m wrote in a’s overlay text tick tock. “like yeah duh.”

Why it matters

Not all lucky girls are white, but according to a fast scrolling on TikTokthat’s obvious a majority are from “lucky girls”. And the “luck” that white people—who historically have more generational wealth due to historical systems that oppressed blacks—to separate from theirs privilege is a dangerous separation.

There is no harm in believing that affirmations and manifestations can do this affect life positivelybut don’t forget who’s at a categorical advantage in society.

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