Valley Girl (or Val, Val Gal) is a stereotype depicting a socio-economic and ethnic class of white women characterized by the colloquial California English dialect Valspeak and vapidmaterialism. The term originally referred to an ever increasing swell of semi-affluent and affluent middle-class and upper-middle class girls living in the early 1980s Los Angeles bedroom communities of San Fernando Valley. The Valley's proximity to Hollywood and prevalence of Jewish American women among both the demographic and the LA media machine helped give the stereotype large exposure to the rest of the world.
In time the traits and behaviors spread across the United States and abroad, metamorphosizing into a caricature of unapologetically spoiled "ditzes" and "airheads" more interested inshopping, personal appearance and social status than intellectual development or personal accomplishment.
A sociolect associated with Valley Girls termed “Valspeak” spread across the United States during the 1980s and 1990s, heavily populating high-school teenage female slang throughout. Qualifiers such as “like”, “whatever”, “way”, "as if!", “totally”, and “duh” were interjected in the middle of phrases and sentences as emphasizers. Narrative sentences were often spoken as if questions using a high rising terminal. Heavily accented words were spoken with high variation in pitch combined with very open or nasal vowel sounds.