More than just a hashtag: #BlackGirlMagic is a movement that originated in DC
Author: Murugi Thande
Published: 11:45 PM EST February 7, 2018
Updated: 11:51 PM EST February 7, 2018
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— A lot of people have heard of the popular hashtag, #BlackGirlMagic. But not many people know its backstory.

— D.C. native CaShawan Thompson created the hashtag. She coined the phrase in 2013, in response to hateful articles published online about black women.

— “Psychology Today did an article saying that black women were the most unattractive of all people on earth, and that really bothered me,” Thompson said.

— Frustrated with the ways black women were being portrayed online, Thompson took to Twitter, proclaiming "black girls are magic."

— That phrase became the hashtag #BlackGirlsAreMagic, later shortened to #BlackGirlMagic. And that hashtag became a movement with millions of people using it to uplift black women.

— "Before I knew it, I started hearing it on tv shows, on the radio, and different celebrities saying it. It just turned into this big thing." Thompson said.

— To this day, the hashtag has been used over 7 million times Instagram and millions of more times on Facebook and Twitter.

— The hashtag may only be five years old, but the ideas behind it date back to Thompson's childhood. As a child, she thought the women in her life were magical:

“Black girls are magic came about when I was a child. I was all about fairy’s and magic, and witches and all those kinds of things. And when I started to see all the things that women in my family and the other girls in my family could do, all I could come up with ‘Oh, black girls are magic.’”

WATCH: CaShawn Thompson discusses her roots and the origin of #BlackGirlMagic

— Today the hashtag is about more than just Thompson's family; it celebrates all black women: celebrities and changemakers along with regular everyday women.

— "It can't be all about Tracee Ellis Ross winning her Golden Globe or her Emmy. It’s got to be about Tracy Jenkins winning employee of the month at CVS." Thompson said.

— Inclusively is an integral part of the movement. Thompson said she does not want anybody to feel left out:

"When I say black girls are magic, I am talking about the black girl with disabilities, I am talking about the lesbian black woman, I am talking the trans black woman, I am definitely talking the poor black women and girls. Nobody gets left behind. Because who are we without all of us?"

— For Thompson, #BlackGirlMagic is more than just a hashtag. "It's not just a slogan; it's not just a catchphrase. It is what you see experience in your interactions with black women," she said.

— It's about lifting up yourself and lifting up your sisters, she explained.