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Take it from someone who’s always been an “outsider" - the term and concept behind "Girl Squad” does indeed "appropriate exclusivity,” as 19-year-old actress Chloe Moretz puts it. But girls will be girls, so who’s to say they’re banding together for reasons other than just giggles and good times?

In this week’s #HotTopic, I look at why some people find Girl Squads intimidating and why it is that some who do are actually women.

One of showbiz's most contentious Girl Squads has Taylor Swift at its helm. When she’s not topping Forbes’ Celebrity 100, scooping up Grammys by the armful, or making headlines for her love life, the Nashville native hosts parties for her pals who are models, actresses and fellow singers.

The list includes Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Lily Aldridge and countless more; many of whom have attended Taylor’s numerous social media publicised get-togethers, appeared on stage during her 1989 World Tour and starred in her 'Bad Blood' music video.*

When asked by Complex magazine if she’d been invited to join Taylor’s gang, rising star Chloe Moretz simply answered “She’s a very talented person.” The Kickass and Bad Neighbour’s 2 actress revealed she sees Girl Squads as “cliques."

Concerning the events following #KimExposedTaylorParty (catch up - read part 1, part 2, and part 3), it’s become more apparent than ever that some members of Taylor’s Girl Squad will defend their leader without question, further making me question: Girl Squad or Mean Girls? 

Even if Taylor really didn’t know about the line in Kanye’s song Famous that labels her a “b*tch”, she should have at least stepped out in February to admit he approached her about the other lyrics he wrote concerning her. Instead, Taylor kept schtum and let the whole world believe that Kanye was being his offensive, overbearing self all over again.

I’ve no doubt Kimye had their own agenda by filming the phone call and releasing it to the masses but DAMN IT Taylor, now your pals Selena, Martha, and new Squad member Blake Lively have been dragged into this mess too! 

While we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, it’s easy for those already skeptical about Tay Tay’s Squad to now label them Mean Girls. Perhaps the most intimidating thing about “Girl Squads” is the idea they’re all like Taylor’s. No-one wants to be on the Katy Perry or Miley Cyrus end of the Squad’s wrath.

At the Glamour Awards last month, comedian Jennifer Saunders gave an inspiring speech about female friendships while collecting her award for Outstanding Contribution. 

"I actually wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Dawn [French] - she ‘discovered’ me and brought me along in her coattails,” Saunders joked on the podium. “With Joanna [Lumley] in Absolutely Fabulous, it’s about female friendships and about empowerment for women, and the necessity not to have a ‘normal’ heterosexual relationship to define you.

“I hope if I contribute to anything it’s that and I would like to dedicate this award actually to someone who passed away this year: Victoria Wood. She was a great friend to us and she helped us and it’s a great loss and I dedicate it to her.”

Saunders is in a Girl Squad. In fact, she’s called out three of her dearest friends in her acceptance speech!

Speaking to a friend about what it is that makes Girl Squads so intimidating, I was told: “I think we need to remind ourselves that women can club together, achieve great things and have more that bonds us than the way we look and what our Instagram followings are."

*Quick Note: Bad Blood is fun. I like the video and I like the song. But it’s an open secret that Taylor wrote the song about Katy Perry whom she believes tried to sabotage her 2012 world tour.

Was it Taylor’s prerogative to write a song about her experience and invite all her friends - regardless of them being women - to star in the music video for it? Yes! Was it really obvious that Taylor wanted the world to know she’s got people on her “side”? Yeah. Was it nice of her to possibly make Katy feel like crap about something that happened three years prior? Nope. 

Photo Credit: Lainey Gossip, Elle
Video Credit: Clevver News

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