Coined by Elinor Glyn in the 1920's, "It girl" was first used to describe silent film star and flapper sex symbol Clara Bow, for her 1927 film, It. Since then, it has been used to describe a myriad of women who hold that elusive appeal. They explode on the scene, flowing from the lips of the masses, and then usually fade off into obscurity or they hand over the title whilst continuing their career. Unfortunately, these days the girls are often more of the troublesome variety like Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. Nevertheless, if ShoWest has any say, the next It girl will be the upcoming Nancy Drew star, Emma Roberts.

She definitely has the formula down-pat. One of her first roles was in Johnny Depp's Blow. And, while she wasn't a member of the Mickey Mouse Club like Spears, Ryan Gosling or Justin Timberlake, she's got the teen show and singing credits under her belt. She currently stars in the ultra-popular Nickelodeon show, Unfabulous, about a junior high student who writes songs about her life. She's recorded music for both Ice Princess and Aquamarine, and released her debut album in 2005. If you're wondering about her name -- you're right. She's the daughter of Eric Roberts, the niece of Julia -- and is also part of the infamous Roberts feud.

But that was years ago, and now she's been picked by ShoWest as the Female Star of Tomorrow. Roberts will receive the award on March 15th as part of the closing-night ceremony in Las Vegas. Mitch Nehhauser, co-managing director of ShoWest has described her as "an actress with a remarkable range of talent, on the big screen as well as on television." Considering the fact that last year's honoree was Jennifer Hudson, they seem to have an eye for talent! Me, I'm waiting to see what she does with my beloved Nancy Drew.
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