Zonnique Pullins Takes Credit For "Baddie," Cites Beyoncé's Former Instagram Handle
OMG Girl Zonnique Pullins, also known as Miss Star, demanded that fans give her group credit for popularizing the term "baddie." In a recent tweet, the singer said, "I'm sorry to tell y'all but Beyoncé would of never named her Instagram 'baddiebey' and wrote a letter to the OMG Girlz thanking us for naming her Instagram if OMG didn't put the word on the map... Never said we invented it... I know exactly where the word was invented."
This comes after a clip from her interview with podcaster Mr. Jay Hill where he claimed not to know any OMG Girlz songs went viral. Zonnique was quick to respond, citing some of the group's best hits, including "Gucci This (Gucci That)," "Where The Boys At," and "Baddie." She asked, "You hear girls saying baddie, right? Where do you think that comes from?"
Zonnique Claps Back
Twitter users had mixed opinions of the clip. Some agreed with Mr. Jay Hill, stating that they also did not know any OMG Girlz songs. Others sided with Zonnique and claimed to have witnessed the group's influence first-hand. Some users even claimed that it was disrespectful for him to invite the artist to his podcast without knowing who she was.
Social media's opinion about how influential the OMG Girlz were may be mixed, but the truth remains that they did influence Beyonce's OG Instagram handle, @baddiebey. In November 2012, the musical group did an interview with ISHlist entitled "Top 7 Reasons Beyoncé Is a Baddie." The RENAISSANCE singer took note of this and, in true Queen B fashion, replied with a handwritten note. It read, "Hey Beautiful Young Ladies. Thank you so much for the sweet things y'all said. You named my Instagram!! FYI!! I'm very proud of you ladies. I hope to see y'all soon - Baddie Bey."
The OMG Girlz's Influence
This isn't the first time the OMG Girlz have referenced the fact that they influenced Beyonce's original Instagram name and the popularity of the word baddie overall. In May 2022, during an interview with The Shade Room, they referenced influencing the mother of three and recounted their reaction to finding out that they helped with coining her Instagram name. Do you think Zonnique has a point? Let us know in the comments, and check back later for more pop culture news.