Smokeshow is yet another way of calling someone attractive, most likely originating from the association of “hot” with smoke, as fire is the natural example of hotness and it smokes as well.
While it is primarily utilized for women, it may also be seen applied for men.
It is hard to determine the origin of the phrase, as it is still not enjoying such a grand popularity as other alternatives to calling someone looking good.
Its first mention online can be traced back to a 2003 Urban Dictionary entry, where the phrase is described as a “term used to describe an extremely hot girl”.
Smokeshow probably was created in association with the expression “smoking hot” as things that are emitting smoke are often used as some kind of attraction.
The use of the term had surged in 2008, when the online magazine, Barstool Sports started to publish issues of “Smokeshow of the Day”.
The spread of the term reached its peak in November 2020, after it was mentioned on the show ‘The Bachelorette’ and caused controversial discussions.
- Urban Dictionary – smokeshow
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