In 1979, after he met Jackie O, Bruce Chatwin wrote to his wife, Elizabeth,
Escorting Mrs Onassis to the opera next Thursday. Met her again with the John Russells, and my God she’s fly.1
Best description of Mrs. Onassis ever? I think so. I was surprised to learn that this connotation of “fly” was of so early a vintage, but a writer in a discussion at Metafilter found an even earlier occurence in an O. Henry story of the first decade of the 20th century.
Anyway, in the spirit of Mrs. O, surely the flyest fly girl ever, here’s Tony Terry and She’s Fly
1Under The Sun : the Letters of Bruce Chatwin. Selected and edited by Elizabeth Chatwin and Nicholas Shakespeare. Penguin Books, 2012. Pg. 311.