Tatler unveils new generation of It Girls
The IT girls of 2021: Tatler names Romeo Beckham’s model girlfriend and Clash star Mick Jones’ daughter as the hottest new socialites – but how do they compare with the glamorous hellraisers of the 90s and noughties?
- Society bible Tatler named their new generation of British It girls on the scene
- Romeo Beckham’s girlfriend and Mick Jones’ daughter are among those on list
- The magazine also compares the socialites to the It girls of the 90s and 00s
The It Girls of the nineties and noughties were notorious for their antics, flitting from party to party, embarking on scandalous love affairs and wearing skimpy clothing.
However now society bible Tatler has compiled the list of the new generation of socialites who are lighting up the social scene – and asking how they shape up compared to the legends who came before them.
Among those featured are Princess Diana’s twin nieces Lady Eliza and Amelia Spencer, 28, who the magazine compared to former model and actress Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, now 41.
Meanwhile ‘supremely popular’ Evie Henderson is said to be the new iteration of Noughties It Girl Lady Victoria Hervey, and Stella Jones, daughter of the Clash guitarist Mick Jones, is named the new rock chick on the scene after the rebellious socialite Amanda de Cadenet.
Here FEMAIL reveals where the It Girls of the 90s and 00s are now – and the young Millennials and Gen Z-ers who are following in their footsteps…
From Romeo Beckham’s model girlfriend to the daughter of the Clash guitarist Mick Jones, Tatler has unveiled the new It Girls lighting up the British social scene – and how they compare to their 90s and 00s It Girl equivalent (pictured left, Lady Victoria Hervey and right Evie Henderson)
Among those featured are Princess Diana’s twin nieces Lady Eliza and Amelia Spencer, 28, (right) who the magazine compared to former model and actress Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, now 41 (left)
Meanwhile It Girl and Romeo Beckham’s girlfriend Mia Regan made her way onto the list (right together), with the society bible comparing the model to original It Girl Normandie Keith (left)
THEN: THE IT GIRL WITH ROYAL CONNECTIONS
The daughter of Mary-Gaye Curzon and property developer and former Chairman of the Watermark Group, John Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, Isabella was an It Girl with all the royal connections.
Her huge extended family include siblings like actress and former partner of Prince Harry, Cressida Bonas and actress Gabriella Calthorpe.
At one stage she was tipped to have caught the eye of Prince William before he went on to marry Kate Middleton.
However, Bellie’s concern that the association would impact her career led her to knock Prince William back.
Isabella was an It Girl with all the royal connections and she was tipped to have caught the eye of Prince William – before she went on to marry beau Sam Branson (pictured, aged 19)
After attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, she became a stage actress in 2005.
She appeared in a series of films, including Stage Beauty and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, and the television series Harley Street and Trinity.
Her final film appearance appears to have been in 2013, when she appeared in British crime film Fedz, the same year she married her now-husband Sam.
Speaking of her romance with Prince William, a royal source told the Daily Mail in 2007: ‘He had fallen for her in a huge way and wanted to be with her.
Society blonde Bellie married Sir Richard Branson’s son Sam in a glamorous ceremony on Sir Richard’s game reserve Ulusaba in South Africa in March 2013 (pictured together)
Isabella, who goes by Bellie to close friends and family, isn’t lacking in royal connections, attending Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle in October 2018
‘He propositioned her several times that summer and although Isabella was single, she knocked William back and said it would be too damaging for her and her career.’
The source went on: ‘William was madly in love with her but when he knew there was no chance of them getting together he went back to Kate.’
‘Kate was very aware of his obsession with Isabella and she was incredibly threatened by her.
‘Isabella is drop-dead beautiful and would leave any girl in the shade. Kate accepted William back again but on the condition that he would not speak to Isabella again.’
And while Bellie may have refuted the advances of Prince William, there were clearly no hard feeling and she was in attendance at his wedding to Kate in 2011.
The mother-of-two’s extended family includes Prince Harry’s ex girlfriend Cressida and Jacobi, who shared gushing messages on Instagram to mark her birthday
She has also remained close to other members of The Firm.
She attended Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank in November 2018,
Society blonde Bellie married Sir Richard Branson’s son Sam in a glamorous ceremony on Sir Richard’s game reserve Ulusaba in South Africa in March 2013.
Adventurous-loving Isabella now leads a jetsetting life with hunky husband Sam, as well as her two children Eva-Deia, 5, and Bluey, 3.
NOW: THE IT GIRLS WITH ROYAL CONNECTIONS
Lady Eliza and Amelia Spencer
The glamorous twins, both 28, are the daughters of Charles Spencer and British model Victoria Aitken, and starred on the cover of Tatler’s March 2021 issue (pictured, in December 2007)
The glamorous twins, both 28, are the daughters of Charles Spencer and British model Victoria Aitken, and starred on the cover of Tatler’s March 2021 issue.
The girls are cousins of Prince Harry and, in another life, would be part of his party circuit, particularly as Lady Amelia is engaged to the appropriately named South African polo player Greg Mallett.
Lady Amelia, whose first name is actually Katya, and her twin sister Eliza grew up in the Constantia area of Cape Town with siblings Kitty and Louis.
The three sisters attended the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in 2011.
Lady Amelia and Lady Eliza joined their sister Lady Kitty to attend their cousin Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey in 2011
Another royal wedding on the horizon? Lady Amelia announced her engagement to South African polo player Greg Mallett last year
While Lady Kitty, Louis and Lady Eliza were present at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials in May 2018, Amelia was missing.
Amelia met her real estate beau of 11 years while they were both studying at the University of Cape Town.
Amelia is the latest Spencer sister to get engaged, after it was reported earlier this year that Lady Kitty is engaged to her 60-year-old beau, multi-millionaire Michael Lewis.
Greg is well-known by the Spencer clan and is already considered to be part of the family.
THEN: THE ENTREPRENEURIAL IT GIRL
Lady Victoria Hervey
Lady Victoria Hervey, once London’s most assiduous party-goer and celebrated It-girl, has had a life of drama and glamour, of loss redressed by hedonism.
At 6ft tall, she is an English model, socialite, aristocrat, and former ‘It girl’.
She is the daughter of the 6th Marquess of Bristol, half-sister of the 7th Marquess, and sister of the 8th Marquess and Lady Isabella Hervey.
For the first two years of her life Hervey lived at Ickworth House, the family seat in Suffolk, before her parents went into tax exile in Monaco.
At 6ft tall, she is an English model, socialite, aristocrat, and former ‘It girl’ who attracted plenty of attention in the late 90s and early 00s (pictured walking a runway in London Fashion Week in 2003)
At the time of her father’s death in 1985, when she was just eight-years-old, the family was living in an apartment at 1E Formentor, Avenue Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo, but still employing a butler and a nanny.
In April 2000, she and friend Jayne Blight opened Knightsbridge fashion boutique Akademi, which was frequented by Victoria Beckham, Meg Mathews and Martine McCutcheon.
The shop closed in 2001 with debts estimated at £350,000. She was reportedly only £20 out of pocket by the business failure but in the year following the closure, Victoria owed a series of personal debts.
She has since become a reality star, appearing in an early iteration of ITV’s Love Island in 2006 (pictured second from the left)
Since then, she has since become somewhat of a reality star, appearing in The Farm, a Five version of the RTÉ show Celebrity Farm, and The Jump.
The socialite even starred in an early iteration of ITV’s Love Island alongside Bianca Gascoigne and Kelle Bryan.
She ended up coupling with Pierce Brosnan’s estranged son Chris Brosnan, before she was dumped during week 2, therefore finishing in 9th Place.
Fifteen years ago, she moved to LA where she fell for brooding Irish actor Shane Brolly, best-known for his role as Kraven in the Underworld series
She recently hit the headlines after she claimed the Covid-19 crisis is the ‘biggest worldwide conspiracy that has ever happened.’
Lady Victoria, who now lives in LA, recently hit the headlines after she claimed the Covid-19 crisis is the ‘biggest worldwide conspiracy that has ever happened’ (pictured in 2019)
In February, she told MailOnline: ‘I’m not going to lie, I never wear one. The security guard in the shop called me over and told me I had to leave because I didn’t have one on. I stormed out.’
She dated Sean Stone, son of film director Oliver; then there was Seb Bishop, formerly CEO of Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company Goop; and actor Nathan Roberts.
Now her focus is on Project Baby — and she has a prospective sperm donor/father lined up.
Six of her eggs were frozen and stored three years ago, at a cost of £11,000, and she spent the time afterwards looking for a donor.
NOW: THE ENTREPRENEURIAL IT GIRL
Socialite Evie Henderson resembles Lady Victoria in lots of ways – from her stunning locks and her entrepreneurial ways to her blue-blooded connections
Socialite Evie Henderson resembles Lady Victoria in lots of ways – from her stunning locks and her entrepreneurial ways to her blue-blooded connections.
The 23-year-old is the daughter of society’s chicest chef Skye Gyngell, 47, who was head chef at Petersham Nurseries Cafe from 2004- 2012 and picked up the Michelin accolade.
She is the author of three acclaimed cookbooks, a former drug addict and the daughter of Australian media mogul Bruce Gyngell, who is famous for rescuing ITV breakfast show TV-am.
Skye, a single mother, born in Sydney, has been married twice and has two children, Evie and her elder sister Holly.
Evie has followed in her mother’s entrepreneurial footsteps, and launched her own online fashion brand called The Yellow World
In November 2014, she opened Spring, a restaurant at Somerset House.
Evie has followed in her mother’s entrepreneurial footsteps, and launched her own online fashion brand called The Yellow World.
Online, the shop is described as ‘a retail space where you can find limited edition items’ as well as ‘exclusive products and work of artisans from around the world.’
Meanwhile the stunning blonde regularly shares updates on her lavish life on Instagram, posting snaps of her exotic getaways and enviable life in London
Meanwhile the stunning blonde regularly shares updates on her lavish life on Instagram, posting snaps of her exotic getaways and enviable life in London.
In March last year, the socialite hit the headlines after she was left distraught when her plans to self-isolate in the lap of luxury with her posh influencer pals went awry.
The group, which included models Bella Tilbury and Jordan Barrett, headed to a flash pad in Panama after a 13-hour flight only to be told 36 hours into the jolly that they would have to turn around and head home thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
THEN: THE QUIRKY MODEL IT GIRL
Twice-married Normandie, whose father Norman Keith was the boss of Commonwealth Oil, was the blonde former model who helped launch the Nineties It-girl phenomenon
Twice-married Normandie, whose father Norman Keith was the boss of Commonwealth Oil, was the blonde former model who helped launch the Nineties It-girl phenomenon.
In 1996, she joined Tara Palmer-Tomkinson on the cover of Tatler for a profile piece, in which she said: ‘I love going to parties because I love meeting people.’
She rode and partied at an East Coast boarding school, and was gifted her own Park Avenue apartment at 17.
Normandie, now 50, has a son Finn, aged 15, from her 11-year marriage to Lucas White —the son of the late tycoon Lord White of Hull, from whom he inherited around £70million in 1995.
Normandie helped to launch the It Girls phenomenon after she was featured on the November 1996 cover of Tatler
She dated Lucas for three months before he proposed, with the duo splitting after just 18 months.
She previously dated Lucas’s best friend Robert Hanson, son of his father’s business associate, the late Lord Hanson, and was married as a teenager to John Avery, the son of a U.S. oil baron.
The New York born model is now working as a yoga instructor, and describes how her heart was ‘seeking more’ after years as an It Girl on the social scene.
The New York born model is now working as a yoga instructor, and describes how her heart was ‘seeking more’ after years as an It Girl on the social scene
After leaving London for Los Angeles on ‘divine guidance’, she describes ‘finding her home’ in yoga and meditation but she is ‘first and foremost a mother to Finn.
After a life of being a model and it-girl, she now uses her workshops to focus on ‘breaking the masks of illusion’ and ‘allowing women to step into their radiance’.
She told the Daily Telegraph in 2014: ‘I giggle when I think I now get up at 4am to practise yoga when I used to go to bed at 4am.’
After leaving London for Los Angeles on ‘divine guidance’, she describes ‘finding her home’ in yoga and meditation but she is ‘first and foremost a mother to Finn, 15
At the time she said she looked back on her years as an It Girl and said she ‘realised she’d been valuing external things like what parties I went to or what dresses I wore.’
In 2018, she took part in what was dubbed ‘The world’s most glamorous road trip’ as she drove from Frisco to Vegas with a group of supermodels.
She has said she is still in touch with many members of her It Girl gang, including Lady Victoria.
NOW: THE QUIRKY MODEL IT GIRL
According to Tatler, the 18-year-old model of the moment is ‘fun-loving and quirky’ Mia Regan, from Bath
According to Tatler, the 18-year-old model of the moment is ‘fun-loving and quirky’ Mia Regan, from Bath.
Her boyfriend is Romeo Beckham, whom she has been dating for two years.
The young model, who is signed to the Storm agency in London, has over 300,000 Instagram followers, and often shares snaps posing in colourful outfits and pastel brogues with photoshopped backgrounds.
She has has caught the eye of fashion giants including Marc Jacobs and Chaos and has become the muse for Olivier Rousteing, Balmain’s Creative Director.
Meanwhile, like the Gen-Z influencer she is, she regularly shares her vintage ensembles on TikTok.
The young model, who is signed to the Storm agency in London, has over 300,000 Instagram followers, and often shares snaps posing in colourful outfits and pastel brogues
The stunning model has been dating David and Victoria’s second eldest son Romeo for just under two years and often holidays with the gang
Unlike her peers, Mia also finds time to host make-up tutorials for Victoria Beckham beauty and travelling with the Beckhams for their exotic holidays.
During lockdown, she has been experimenting with different crafting activities, including making jewellery pots and sculptures.
Speaking to Vogue last year, the model revealed her dedication to second-hand and upcycling clothes.
She explained: ‘It’s so good that reworking and up-cycling has become a trend. I recently found my mum’s clothes in the loft, and I wear her old Vivienne Westwood shirts to school.’
THEN: THE WILD CHILD IT GIRL
Amanda de Cadenet
Famous wild-child Amanda de Cadenet is also named by the society bible as one of the 90s most iconic It Girls
Famous wild-child Amanda de Cadenet is also named by the society bible as one of the 90s most iconic It Girls.
The British-born TV host rose to fame during her high-profile marriage to the rock star Duran Duran bassist John Taylor by whom she became pregnant aged 18.
Up until her pregnancy, she had gained the reputation of notorious party girl, well known among rock stars and no stranger to drug use.
After giving birth, she returned to the party scene, and was often seen stumbling around with Courtney Love.
The British-born TV host rose to fame during her high-profile marriage to the rock star Duran Duran bassist John Taylor by whom she became pregnant aged 18 and would often party with rockstars including Courtney Love (pictured in 1995)
Amanda was a fixture on the Hollywood party scene in the nineties and was often snapped with some of the world’s biggest stars (pictured, with Keanu Reeves)
Growing up as what she described a ‘privileged white girl’ – having been born to successful Le Mans race car driver Alain de Cadenet and his fashion model wife Anna in the posh London neighborhood of Chelsea – her adolescent years took a turn for the worse when she ran away at 15.
She crashed at a squat for runaways in Soho, where she would be introduced to what London’s nightlife had to offer – drugs and casual sex.
It was her ’20-year-old’ body that she says got her access into sleazy nightclubs and hanging with the wrong crowd as an underage teen.
But her life on the run was short-lived after a drug-fueled night landed her in a juvenile detention center in West London.
Amanda is now married to The Stroke’s guitarist Nick Valensi and a prominent #MeToo activist and a longtime women’s rights activist
She was taken to a police station where officers believed she had been a victim of teen prostitution, and she raised more suspicions after admitting she was sexually active at the age of 15.
De Cadenet went on to move to Los Angeles and host The Conversation, and is now a photographer and media entrepreneur.
She reportedly also began dating her current husband The Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi while he was romantically involved with her close friend, model Pearl Lowe.
De Cadenet and Valensi now have two children, twins Silvan and Ella, born in 2006.
She is now a prominent #MeToo activist and a longtime women’s rights activist.
NOW: THE WILD CHILD IT GIRL
The society bible went on to compare Amanda to the daughter of The Clash’s guitarist Mick Jones, 18-year-old Stella (pictured)
The society bible went on to compare Amanda to the daughter of The Clash’s guitarist Mick Jones, 18-year-old Stella.
Her father Mick was born in Wandsworth in 1955 to a Welsh father and Russian mother.
He always wanted to be in a band and attended art school to achieve that means, earning praise as a guitarist in the early 1970s in a glam rock band before leaving to seek a new direction, which led him to meet the other members of The Clash.
He is now married to film producer Miranda Davis, whose work includes Bright Young Things, and they live in a £5million home in Notting Hill with Stella.
The model, who is signed to Kate Moss’ modelling agency M, previously revealed her favourite feature is ‘her eyebrows’ (pictured left and right, performing TikTok challenges)
The model, who is signed to Kate Moss’ modelling agency M, previously revealed her favourite feature is ‘her eyebrows’ and said she enjoys ‘painting’.
The moody teenager, who often shares snaps online of her monobrow and skimpy outfits, also boasts just over 6,000 followers on TikTok.
She regularly shares clips as she playfully dances and parties with friends and family members.
THEN: THE ROCKSTAR IT GIRL
Lady Theresa Manners
Lady Theresa Manners was the first in a long-line of colourful Manners women, and the aunt of Lady Violet, Alice and Eliza
Lady Theresa Manners was the first in a long-line of colourful Manners women, and the aunt of Lady Violet, Alice and Eliza.
She was born at The Crown’s Belvoir Castle, where she spent her childhood, before she moved to London.
There, she attended St Mary’s Convent, in Ascot before enrolling in City and Guilds of London Art School.
She married Dr John Chipman, who was the director of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.
Aunt Lady Theresa was an Eighties It-girl nicknamed ‘the Titled Tart’ for her raunchy onstage antics with her band, Business Connection.
Aunt Lady Theresa was an Eighties It-girl nicknamed ‘the Titled Tart’ for her raunchy onstage antics with her band, Business Connection
Lady Theresa was far from the only blue-blooded one in the band, which was founded by Henry Somerset, 12th Duke of Beaufort.
She was ‘better known for her rear end, and the column inches of Debretts which describe its members, than for its music’, one critic concluded.
The socialite and rock star was also no stranger to magazine covers – with Lord Snowdon snapping her for Vogue.
The couple have since welcomed two sons, Warwick and Ivor Chipman, who is currently studying at University of Oxford.
NOW: THE ROCKSTAR IT GIRL
The society bible predicts the daughter of much-loved socialite Amanda Aspinall, March Fry, will follow in Theresa Manner’s footsteps
The society bible predicts the daughter of much-loved socialite Amanda Aspinall, March Fry, 26, will follow in Theresa Manner’s footsteps.
Devastated when her mother, was found dead in 2019 at the age of 61, March paid tribute in the most poignant way.
The daughter of chocolate heir Cosmo Fry is an aspiring jazz singer and released her debut EP, with two songs about her mother.
At the time, she revealed: ‘My mum was my biggest fan and one of the songs I’ve recorded, Avenues Of Rain, was her favourite.
The daughter of chocolate heir Cosmo Fry is an aspiring jazz singer and released her debut EP, with two songs about her mother in 2019
After her mother’s death, March, an alumna of £20,880-a-year St James school in London, moved to the U.S
‘I was hoping to get it out sooner, so she could have heard it.’
‘He’s helping so much,’ said March. ‘He’s my manager. He doesn’t want me to fall into any wrongdoing. I was always heavily influenced by him.’
Amanda Aspinalls, the daughter of late casino and animal park owner John Aspinall, was married to U.S. pop star Daryl Hall, of Hall & Oates fame.
After her mother’s death, March, an alumna of £20,880-a-year St James school in London, moved to the U.S.
Meanwhile her brother, Orson, stayed in this country with his girlfriend, the ubiquitous model Alexa Chung.
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