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Why You're a Baddie, by Zodiac Sign

Including your go-to nail polish color.

a black woman's hands showing off a manicure are placed inside a golden picture frame in a dark, starry sky
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Strap in: We're celebrating Black History Month and going back in time to the '90s. I’m sure by now you know what a baddie is. Often associated with the villainess archetype, baddies are feminine beings who choose to accentuate and highlight their womanly features.

The baddie aesthetic became popularized in the 2010s, but before then, the original baddies were called “ghetto fabulous,” a lifestyle expression that originated from poor African-Americans in the 1990s. In short, the ghetto fabulous aesthetic taught modern-day baddies that you might not be able to afford Chanel lipstick, but you can still rock your $4 beauty supply lip liner and gloss like it’s luxury.

To be a baddie is to be a person who operates from a sense of surety and self-respect, regardless of your material possessions.

Here’s what makes each zodiac sign a baddie:


Baddie anthem: "Shake It Off" by Mariah Carey

Go-to nail polish color: Erato

Fashion muse: Halle Bailey

Best feature: Eyebrows

Main character mantra: "I am that Queen."

What makes you a baddie: You're a baddie simply because you claim it. There is no convincing an Aries of who they are or aren’t. You intrinsically believe that you're a showstopper. Once you've has adopted that faith in yourself, there are no limits to what you're capable of.


Baddie anthem: "I Am" by Yung Baby Tate (ft. Flo Milli)

Go-to nail polish color: Good Intentions

Fashion muse: Lizzo

Best feature: Lips

Main character mantra: "I have what it takes to succeed."

What makes you a baddie: Taurus is a baddie because they're capable of making do with what they have and accepting who they are. When a Taurus decides that they are capable, magic begins to happen. Creativity and faith in yourself will take any Taurus baddie to new heights.


Baddie anthem: "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)" by Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas

Go-to nail polish color: Cab Ride in Cairo

Fashion muse: Naomi Campbell

Best feature: Linguistically talented

Main character mantra: "I think, therefore I am wise."

What makes you a baddie: A Gemini baddie is defined by their ingenuity and creativity. Geminis have creative intellects and are capable of thinking outside the box. You're always seeking out and stumbling upon new ways of thinking.


Baddie anthem: "Tempo" by Lizzo (ft. Missy Elliot)

Go-to nail polish color: Undaunted

Fashion muse: Chloe Bailey

Best feature: Chest

Main character mantra: "I feel, therefore I am worthy."

What makes you a baddie: A Cancer is a baddie because they know their limits. You're unwilling to shy too far from your comfort zone (unless it makes sense). You stand out because you're mindful of your energy. The baddest Cancers know that they're intrinsically worthy. Your baddie behavior is making sure you look good and feel good!


Baddie anthem: "Milkshake" by Kelis

Go-to nail polish color: Worthy

Fashion muse: Meghan Markle

Best feature: Hair

Main character mantra: "I will it, so be it."

What makes you a baddie: Leo quite literally has the reputation for being the “it girl.” After all, Leo is by the Sun, so how could you not stand out and shine? What makes you a baddie is the way you practice your aesthetic. You're not too shy to be performative—Leo has baddie energy because they choose to.


Baddie anthem: "Independent Women, Pt. 1" by Destiny’s Child

Go-to nail polish color: Ijama

Fashion muse: Beyoncé

Best feature: Stomach

Main character mantra: "I analyze and then achieve."

What makes you a baddie: Virgos are baddies because they know how to put an outfit together. You're quick to recognize errors, imperfections, and stray hairs. You're a master analyzer, and when it comes to applying effort, you must slay. Embarrassment is not an option.


Baddie anthem: "I am not a woman, I’m a god" by Halsey

Go-to nail polish color: Mischo

Fashion muse: Cardi B

Best feature: Style

Main character mantra: "Through balance, I perceive reality."

What makes you a baddie: There are too many examples where Libra makes it clear that they are the baddies of the zodiac. Grace, elegance, and style all derive from this zodiac sign. Because you care so much about balance, it's your personal quest to ensure that whatever you do looks beautiful.


Baddie anthem: "9" by WILLOW (ft. SZA)

Go-to nail polish color: Front Row

Fashion muse: Willow Smith

Best feature: Eyes

Main character mantra: "I want it, so I manifest it."

What makes you a baddie: You're a baddie because of your captivating and mysterious aura. Scorpios aren’t whipping out the mascara for just anyone—seriously, it can be a pain to get off. If you have the opportunity to see Scorpio greatness, it’s because a Scorpio felt like being perceived.


Baddie anthem: "Chun-Li " by Nicki Minaj

Go-to nail polish color: Night Fades, Morning Haze

Fashion muse: Janelle Monae

Best feature: Thighs and legs

Main character mantra: "I see, and that is why I study."

What makes you a baddie: Sagittarius is a baddie because it unapologetic. You walk around the place like you own it because you know confidence is as simple as acceptance. You accept your position in life and have decided to enjoy your role.


Baddie anthem: "Just Fine" by Mary J. Blige

Go-to nail polish color: Run The World

Fashion muse: Michelle Obama

Best feature: Smile

Main character mantra: "I am useful and offer value."

What makes you a baddie: Capricorns are baddies because they are bosses, period. A Capricorn is going to ensure they're provided for. You take pride in your goals and aspirations. There’s no coming up without hard work, and you don't hesitate to do it.


Baddie anthem: "Flamin’ Hottie" by Megan Thee Stallion

Go-to nail polish color: Thick Dip & What Not

Fashion muse: Kerry Washington

Best feature: Skin

Main character mantra: "I know enough to pace myself."

What makes you a baddie: Aquarius baddies are unique because they tend to deviate from the norm. If the crowd goes left, you strategically go right and set a new trend. You're a natural observers, which means you thrive as a baddie because you dish out what’s already being served, with spice.


Baddie anthem: "Pour It Up" by Rihanna

Go-to nail polish color: CapriMadonna

Fashion muse: Jhené Aiko

Best feature: Feet

Main character mantra: "I have faith and a backup plan."

What makes you a baddie: Pisces is the spiritual baddie, known for their powers of transmutation and compassion. With an artistic flair and endless imagination, you explore daring and breathtaking styles. The Pisces baddie is a soulful baddie, guided by spirit and wonder.

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