This was written by David Baerwald, formerly of the rock duo David & David, and composer David Kitay for the 1995 movie Clueless
, but was included on Jill Sobule's debut album a few months before the movie's release. The song was used in a makeover montage to capture the essence of life as a teenage girl in Beverly Hills, where being skinny enough and pretty enough to make other girls green with envy is a major life goal. Baerwald was far from being a trendy schoolgirl, so he turned to teen magazines for advice.
"I remember thinking, 'Oh I don't know how teenage girls think,'" Baerwald told Flavorwire
. "So I got an issue of Sassy Magazine and I read the letters to the editor. I think even got lyrics from the letters page. Every demographic has its way of talking, and I wanted to capture a sense of the rhythm and the kinds of things girls were talking about. I thought Sassy was really cool!"