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Taylor Swift's Girl Gang

Taylor Swift's album 1989 and the "era" surrounding it might be the most important moment in my life. Sounds dramatic (because it is, I always am), but I firmly believe that it's true. This includes the months leading up the album release, the album itself (October 27, 2014 is one for the history books), and everything that has come since. I talked about this in my Things I've Learned From 1989 post, but Taylor has transformed into this incredibly loving and no holds bar kind of girl. I mean, it's no secret that she has no f*cks left to give and can dish it out, but 1989 was more about the moments after self-discovery when you really find your true self. I mean, she's only 25! She spent her teens and early twenties in the spotlight trying to figure things out. Like, I barely have a handle on my life and self at nineteen and I don't have people scrutinizing my every movement.

This 1989 era for Taylor Swift meant a new style, both fashion and music wise, a new outlook on life and love, and the blossoming of many new friendships. Taylor and Selena [Gomez] have been going strong for a while in their friendship as well as Taylor Swift and her best friend Abigail (yes, the one who gave everything she had to a boy who changed his mind)(my mom makes that joke every time I mention something about Taylor and Abigail).

Taylor's first appearance on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2013 was the start to what could possibly be the most beautiful friendship(s) ever. Here, she met Karlie Kloss (AKA #LIFEGOALS), Lily Aldridge, and the other insanely gorgeous VS Angels who welcomed her with open arms (well, almost everyone...). A day that will live infamy indeed, the beginning to a beautiful friendship between Karlie and Taylor.

Because who wouldn't want to roam around in glamorous bejeweled Oscar de la Renta pieces with ostrich feathers?
In the past, Taylor might not have seemed very inviting to some girls (mostly the ones she seemed threatened by when she was in relationships). Which, if you've ever been an 18 year old girl, IS NORMAL. Of course, it's not "acceptable" when you're put on a pedestal and are supposed to be poised and submissive. But Taylor has always been the kind and caring person that she still is to this day, which is why is excites me to no end that she's begun spreading around her kindness in excess. And she has a team of gal pals to help her along.

The list of Taylor's friends is endless and there seems to be a new girl added to the list every time I take a look. In the arsenal of fantastic women, there's Karlie Kloss, Selena Gomez, Tavi Gevinson, Lorde (though Taylor calls her by her real name, Ella), Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Camila Cabello, Hailee Steinfeld, Jaime King, Hayley Williams, Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim, Cara Delevigne, Ellie Goulding, Zendaya, and seriously, guys, this list is endless. Just watch the "Bad Blood" music video and you'll get a better look at some of her closest pals.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with being friends with guys. Really. And I completely understand that you will not get along with everybody...but I personally believe that having a solid group of female friends is very important. It doesn't even have to be a group (though my list of life goals includes forming a kick-a$$ group of female friends)! A support system, though seemingly unnecessary to some, is a great addition to have in your life. It's a fountain of encouragement, advice, and just a ton of fun if you do it right. The wonderful thing about Taylor's group is that it isn't this secret or exclusive club. And as fun as it is calling it Taylor's Girl Gang, is honestly is just girls treating each other with kindness. It's more of a lifestyle, less of a "club." A lot can be learned from these girls!

Support each other! Help another girl out! I'm not saying that you have to like everybody (especially if they've been nasty to you), but try to spread kindness as much as you can. Tell people you like their outfits or lipstick or something that they've said. Reach out, smile, be friendly. Offer a shoulder or lend an ear. Be nice to nice!

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