There’s something funny that comes with growing up as a little sister.
You’re entire childhood is one giant hustle: a hustle to be heard, a hustle to win, a hustle to be noticed, a hustle to copy every single thing your older sister ever did because, really, who needs individuality when you can become a duplicate of someone else?
A hustle to find your own space in a world that already has an older and wiser version of you.
At times it can be funny – or at times, you can be funny – by learning, from a very young age, unrequited love is a very real legitimate thing, but you’ll be damned if your sister doesn’t let you keep following her around. Other times it can be a little more serious: your desire to win gives rise to a relationship that can be riddled with competition.
Regardless of which way the spanner falls, it has a remarkable impact on your sense of self, growing up as a younger sister.
Which makes me incredibly excited to realise that 2017 has absolutely been the year of the little sister.
2017 has been the year of all years for Serena Williams – who is one year younger than her sister Venus. In January, she won a bloody grand slam pregnant. She had a baby, Alexis Olympia, and then got married wearing custom Nike sneakers. She became the ultimate feminist figurehead, a powerful force to be reckoned with.
It’s also been quite a year for Solange Knowles. She has starred in a Calvin Klein campaign, and was even named a woman of the year at Glamour’s 2017 Women of The Year awards. She also won her first ever freakin’ Grammy.
It has too for Kylie Jenner. In August, it was reported her makeup brand Kylie Cosmetics has made more than $420 million in retail sales since it launched 18 months ago, making her one of the most successful Kardashians (even if she’s technically a Jenner). Pregnancy rumours – which are yet to be confirmed – also made her become one of the most famous faces in her family.