What’s the deal with Taylor Swift’s squad?

Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge, Cara Delevingne: We have seen them all and many other A-List celebrities out and about with the one and only Taylor Swift. From strolling the streets of New York City to strutting down the glamorous runway together at one of Taylor’s concerts, it is apparent that the girl squad Taylor has built is nothing if not a very fascinating, elite group.

I remember the first time I ever watched the music video for one of Taylor Swift’s hit singles, “Bad Blood.” In case you have not yet seen or even heard of this video, the leading roles include Taylor Swift and sixteen of her closest friends, otherwise known as her “squad.” While watching the music video with wide, starstruck eyes, I began wondering more and more about the people starring in it. Questions flooded my curious mind like, How did these ladies come together as a squad in the first place? Did they all just happen to hangout one night and realize they got along well enough to immediately become best friends? Did Taylor hold top-secret “Potential Squad Member” auditions at her house? (And if so, why did nobody tell me? I so would have tried out.) The interest I took in Taylor Swift and her squad only continued to grow from then on, but as I started paying more attention I quickly noticed that maybe her squad of rich, famous, A-List girls seemed a little too exclusive.

Not only are they all very popular names being discussed in the media right now, but they are also all extremely beautiful and successful in their designated industries such as modeling, singing, and acting. From what I can tell from the daily paparazzi photos taken of Taylor, she is almost never seen with an unfamiliar face, but instead frequently photographed with her famous gal pals. These documented moments are very entertaining, but many people have begun to feel that that’s the entire purpose of her “squad” in the first place. Could this really be nothing other than a big publicity stunt performed by Taylor in order to climb to the very top of the social ladder for fame? Are these friendships of hers simply surface-level rather than genuine and true? Maybe I’m wrong, and maybe this group of girlfriends really does have authentic chemistry with one another and seek fulfillment in being friends, but it takes a long time to build sincere and long lasting relationships with people. The fact that Taylor suddenly came out with a large, newfound group of Hollywood’s most popular women seems highly suspicious.

Another part of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” girl squad that I have had quite some trouble understanding is what exactly their ultimate motive was for the video. The song is rumored to have been written about Katy Perry, another powerful woman in the singing industry who also happens to be one of Taylor’s biggest enemies. The video revolves around Taylor and her squad learning how to fight while preparing for some type of battle between them and another woman. The squad must have known who the song was about and that the video was not-so-subtly hinting towards Taylor’s personal vendetta against Katy Perry. I do not think that it is right for Taylor’s friends to join in on the drama and gain up on Katy too just because Taylor and her have had problems in the past. Regardless of its shininess and entertaining factor, it’s 2016, and I think Taylor and her clique should be using their powerful platform to promote the idea of women treating other women kindly rather than making it a point to publicly take down another singer.

Whether it was one big forced friendship or just a natural connection between the many women, I don’t think the world will ever know how Taylor Swift’s girl squad truly came to be. Whichever one it is, I think the rest of us should stop paying so much attention to someone else’s friends so much and start finding people you would want to be in your own squad.

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