'Christian Girl Autumn' Meme Explained, as Caitlin Covington Comes Out Of Hibernation

Summer is officially over and as we head into fall, there is one influencer the internet has crowned the season's queen.

Lifestyle blogger and self-described "Southern belle" Caitlin Covington took to Twitter to share pictures of herself in autumnal outfits, enjoying the fall.

She wrote simply: "Happy first day of fall, y'all."

Her tweet has thousands of retweets and likes with even Starbucks replying: "It is time."

Another quipped: "She Is Risen."

Happy first day of fall, y’all 🍁🍂🍁 pic.twitter.com/zszkbQUOlI

— Caitlin Covington (@cmcoving) September 22, 2021

Sharing the same post on her Instagram feed, one commenter called her "the fall QUEEN" while another wrote: "christian girl autumn is hereeeeeee."

What Is the "Christian Girl Autumn" Meme?

In 2019 rapper Megan Thee Stallion's mantra "hot girl summer" had become the motto of many women.

As the season ended, Twitter user Natasha shared a photo of Covington and fellow blogger friend Emily Gemma from 2016, writing: "Hot Girl Summer is coming to an end, get ready for Christian Girl Autumn."

The tweet went viral and sparked a swathe of memes about autumn-loving, Pumpkin Spice Latte-drinking women.

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Covington explained that the photo had been taken by her mother when they took a trip to take pictures of "fall content" for both of their blogs.

Unfortunately, the meme also attracted a few negative comments with some making assumptions about the women's views on subjects like race and sexuality.

Though both women are Christian, they clarified the misconceptions social media users had about them.

"That's not me at all," Covington told BuzzFeed.

"I'm a nice person and I love everyone and I'm accepting of everyone."

Speaking to Insider, she elaborated: "I'm a daughter, friend, wife, and an expecting mother. I'm a gay rights and Black Lives Matter supporter, and I think all people should be accepted for who they are.

"I think if someone sat down with me for fifteen minutes, they would see that, too."

Natasha told Insider that the two women had taken the meme in their stride: "[Caitlin and Emily] were both incredibly nice and lighthearted about the whole situation!

"They both wanted to get Starbucks with me one day!"

She said Covington even told her they were "best friends forever."

Having accrued thousands of new followers because of the meme, a year later when Natasha, a trans woman, tried to raise money for gender affirming surgery via a crowdfunding campaign, she received a $500 donation from Covington.

Covington also shared the link with her followers and encouraged them to donate too.

Speaking about her decision to support Natasha's transition she said: "Natasha has been vulnerable about her transition and about the struggle to be accepted by her friends and family, which I think is so courageous.

"I support her decision 100% — I am always in favor of people embracing who they really are and to feel confident in their own skin and find happiness."

Natasha added: "Caitlin's such an amazing woman and has an endless supply of kindness."

Who Is Caitlin Covington?

Covington, 31, began her blog Southern Curls and Pearls in 2011 when she was in her junior year of college.

She was then studying journalism at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Covington continues to write on her blog where she shares fashion and lifestyle tips and her most recent post included a round-up of fall snacks from Trader Joe's.

She also posts regularly on social media and boasts over 1.3 million followers on Instagram.

Covington married her husband Chris Dorsch in June 2018.

The pair live together in Winston Salem, North Carolina and share daughter Kennedy and three pets.

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Woman from the "Christian Girl Autumn" meme, Caitlin Covington attends Rebecca Minkhoff show during New York Fashion Week 2016 John Lamparski/Getty Images