By Natalie Issa
We, like pretty much everyone else in the world, love Taylor Swift and her lady-tastic girl power squad. T-Swift’s squad consists of some pretty BA ladies, such as Zendaya, Gigi Hadid, Lorde, the Haim Sisters, and Cara Delevingne, to name a few.
Ask most people, and they’d say that Taylor Swift’s squad defines #squadgoals.
While we’re all for powerful lady friendships, we can’t help but feel a little iffy about the extremely high bar set by this elite squad.
Last year, Disney star Rowan Blanchard raised her concerns about the squad goals glorified in the media, calling them “polarizing” and “exclusive”. And we can’t help but agree.
There’s nothing wrong with being white, thin, insanely beautiful, and wealthy. And there’s nothing essentially wrong with having a squad that’s predominately white, thin, insanely beautiful, and wealthy, as Taylor Swift does. But we can’t help but wonder—are these realistic squad goals?
This might be just us, but we don’t really have the financially stability to bring our friends on a quick trip to Maui to whale watch. Nor do we have the resources to stick all of our closest friends into our music video, while looking good in teeny tiny leather bound outfits.
Like we’ve said, there’s nothing wrong with any of these things. We’re not bashing the cool things that Taylor Swift and her lady crew are getting up to. Strong, powerful lady friendships should get some major recognition. We’re just saying that, for the rest of us, it’s not very realistic.
We personally think that true squad goals should include women of all shapes and sizes, races, and financial situations—squads that represent what a diverse group of women truly look like, doing things that normal, everyday women do.
Such as staying in all weekend to binge-watch a show on Netflix. Or going to the mall only to stare longingly at clothes that we can’t afford. Or comforting a crying friend who’s going through a hard time.
However, the most important thing about squad goals isn’t what you do (or don’t do). It’s that you have a group of strong friends that support you, back you up, and are there for you no matter what.
So don’t feel bad if your squad doesn’t do as many insanely cool and crazy things as T-Swizzles’ does. Do your friends lift you when you’re down? Do they support you? Are they on your side?
Well, there you go. Your squad defines #squadgoals. Now may your squad go forth and conquer.
(Image via Pop Sugar)