2015 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

Girls can be mean. I know this because my whole life, I’ve always been closest with them; all of my friendship groups have been comprised of girls, and then the token me, awkwardly trying to squeeze into the misshapen puzzle piece left for me. Whilst this more or less ended after my school years were through with, it taught me a valuable lesson that, as a man, I’ll never truly 100% be ‘one of the girls’, and thats perfectly ok. Thing is, being ‘one of the girls’ isn’t quite what its cracked up to be.

Teen movies of yore, Disney Channel shows, young adult novels all portray the idealised bond of sisterhood between girls, and the fact that they stand, in essence, united. In real life, its so little the case – Mean Girls didn’t become a cult classic for nothing. Cattiness is rife, and there is an overpowering archaic competitive attitude amongst many female friends which is finally being torn apart by modern feminism.

Taylor Swift has been touted as the leader of her very own girl gang for quite some time now, ever since the media started documenting her many celebrity friends (I think Lorde was the first in this trend?). When her Bad Blood music video came out, it was confirmed – Taylor Swift officially had the best backing in the world, the most dedicated, strong and successful group of women behind her that a girl could wish for. She even shared a Vogue cover with her lookalike Karlie Kloss, getting the almighty stamp of approval from Anna W herself.

This girl gang, including powerhouses such as Lena Dunham, Gigi Hadid, Hailee Steinfeld, Cara Delevingne, Selena Gomez and Lily Aldridge represents something missing from so many female friendships. They represent solidarity, and the simple truth that relationships are so often based on the value of the return investment from each party. No, we don’t like to admit it, but sometimes its just the truth, right? You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. Of course, to reduce it to this only is cynical and dismissive, but its no lie that the profiles of many members of Taylor’s girl gang have been significantly raised by association.

Deeper than that though, there seems to be a genuine connection with all of Taylor’s friends, in the fact that she must be a pretty damn good person to be around. It only goes to prove Swift right regarding her feud with Katy Perry – whilst Taylor is busy building her network of loyal allies, who’s backing Katy up right now? As Taylor and her Bad Blood crew stormed the VMAs red carpet, one thing was clear –  together, defiant and united, these girls are unstoppable.

– Thomas Marrington

Photo via Time


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