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This Chicago teen invented the phrase ‘on fleek’

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You’ve heard it. If you’re over the age of 19, you’ve probably looked it up on Urban Dictionary (it means ‘on point’ btw). You may have even said it yourself, or worn a hat with it emblazoned across the front.

Yep, there’s no denying that ‘on fleek’ is the phrase of the moment.

But do you know where it came from?

Nope, it’s not Nicki Minaj or Christina Milian, both of whom have tried to claim the term, and even had a public spat over it.

No, ‘on fleek’ was actually invented by a 17-year-old Chicago teen named Kayla Newman.


So, how did this happen?

Well, it all started when Kayla, who goes by the name Peaches Monroee online, posted a Vine.

She’d just had her eyebrows done for the first time, and posted a video saying: ‘We in this bitch, finna get crunk. Eyebrows on fleek, da fuq.’

Talking to Max Kutner for Newsweek, Kayla explained: ‘It just came to me out of the blue,’

She went on: ‘I never heard of the word, and nobody else had heard of the word. I just said it, and I guess that’s what came out. That’s about it.’


Model wearing a On Fleek beanie hat
Both Rihanna and Cara Delevingne have been spotted in ‘On Fleek’ beanie hats (Picture: Dorici.com)


Next thing, her six second video had gone viral (to date it’s had 28 million ‘loops’ and counting), and ‘on fleek’ was being used by everyone from Lil’ Wayne and Kim Kardashian,to American brands such as IHOP (International House of Pancakes) and Taco Bell, keen to prove they were down with the kids and in-touch with their customer base.

So what’s next? Well, Kayla’s working on that. She told Newsweek: ‘I’m trying to think of some, but it’s like, with me, it’s just gonna flow.’

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