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.