No matter how much we try to make "vape" the word of 2014, it's not going to happen (cue Regina George). No, this year, the agreed upon, undefinable, but most-used term among teenagers and wannabe-cool adults, alike, was "on fleek," a term that means "on point," but doesn't sound quite as good as fleek. Complex historicized the word, which stretches as far back as 18th Century British poetry. But, here in 2014, the word had its claim to fame during a Vine clip released in June, in which unabashed Peaches Monroee made the infamous declaration that her eyebrows were on fleek. And, the crowd went wild.
As with any phenomenon that begins with uncharted territory waiting to get discovered, it wasn't long before Ms. Monroee's video skyrocketed to more than 500,000 likes. Ariana Grande got in on the action, singing Peaches' words acapella. And, as Complex reports in its history lesson, major brands such as the International House of Pancakes has geared its advertisements toward millennials, tweeting, "Pancakes on fleek," which is pretty much the equivalent of your mom asking you if her outfit is on fleek before she heads out for girl's night. Nevertheless, the ubiquitous phrase remains within the brow hairs of some of this year's top celebrities, whose eyebrows were undeniably on fleek. While some were most-aspired after, others were down-right scary, and others made us furrow our brow, wondering what exactly they were thinking. With the end of 2014 nigh, it's only common sense to know that the phrase will be replaced with something younger, hipper and nonsensical. So, to pay homage, let us travel through this year of fleek.
Lily Collins and her eyebrows will always reign Supreme in the House of Fleek.
There are questions that need answers here. Who is the mastermind behind drawing a muscled arm as an eyebrow? He or she definitely gets kudos for his or her artistry. Monreal, however, makes us gravely confused.
Kendall Jenner's barely-arched brows are all the envy these days.