By now, I think we’re all familiar with Taylor Swift’s “Girl Squad”. If you’re not, it’s basically a group of rich, skinny white models (plus her) who show up to Taylor Swift’s events, staged Instagram pics, and pretty much nowhere else to further propagate her meticulously crafted image. Sometimes a black girl will be asked to be in a picture if the Internet says what I just said in that last sentence. I’m not going to preface this anymore. Here’s what Gigi Hadid said in Elle Canada. Please attempt to brace yourself.
“We talk about it a lot; it’s a conversation we often have,” she says. “We want to be the generation and the group of friends known for supporting each other. ‘Squad Goals’ is a big social-media thing right now, and that’s what we want to inspire in other groups of friends—to be proud of the power you all have when you’re together, which can be amplified so much by each person. That’s what has been cool about everyone’s willingness to be there for each other, and we don’t want to be like other generations who are infamous for their cattiness. That was cool and it worked for them and they were great. We just want to be the new generation.”
I’m pausing for effect here. You know what would really be cool? If this generation realized that a bunch of stuff was accomplished before they were born. Then maybe Gigi Hadid would have a better understanding of why she has a career in the first place. I assume it’s because her mom is friends with someone. It would also be cool if she had another point of reference for girl friendships other than Mean Girls, mostly because she would realize that she’s Gretchen Weiners and that her BFF’s albums are all Burn Books available for download on iTunes.