Sure, there’s entourages: grown-ass people whose job is to walk ten steps behind the celebrity at all time and make certain that his or her ice is crushed into quarters. But Tay Tay’s squad is different: they are friends who truly care about one another and look fabulous in even the worst Instagram filter. (I’m looking at you, Kelvin.)
While some of us sit by our phones, waiting for the call congratulating us to the squad (High school cheer tryouts flashbacks, anyone?), others realize it’s time to start our own #SquadGoals, Taylor Swift style. Of course, if that call ever comes, you can join your squads together and create a dynasty that will be forever legendary and hopefully, fingers crossed, all star together in “Bad Blood 2: Paper Cuts to the Heart.”
After much research (Really, it was just combing through Swifty’s Instagram and watching “Bad Blood” for the umpteenth time), I came up with just a few rules to help you hone down your squad skills.
May the Swift be with you.
Rule 1: There’s No Such Thing As Too Many Members
Okay, so some people think that a person has only one or even two true friends. But that person never met Taylor Swift, or he did and was immediately cut from the squad. If we’ve learned anything from Taylor, it’s that a squad needs numbers.
Can you name all of T’s squad members? One, it would be a great drinking game like trying to name all 50 states. Two, chances are you forgot a few…hundred. But don’t worry because you bet your “Shake It Off” ass Taylor remembers.
Intimidated by the sheer vastness of all those people together? Look at your WWTD (What Would Taylor Do) bracelet that you paid $29.99 for on Etsy and learn from the master: each person brings something special to the squad.
Need someone to make you laugh? Grab your Lena Dunham. Have a photoshoot and want to include your best friend? Go with your own Karlie Kloss. Need someone to assume the role of bad girl in your “Bad Blood” tribute video? We all have a Selena Gomez.
So invite everyone and anyone. The more, the Swiftier. (It’s a word.)
Rule 2: Age is Just a Number
Who says a squad is made up of people of the same age?
Okay, so maybe Joan Baez doesn’t necessarily roll with the Swift Squad. But you think Taylor would reject her if she wanted to come over and play Scrabble along side Emma Stone and Lorde?
From ages 18 to 40s, Taylor Swift recognizes that a squad is like a fine wine: it gets better with age. It also gets better when half of them are supermodels, but whatever.
This is really the kiss of approval. She’s like a Squad Don.
Rule 3: Bring Your Squad to Work Day
Chances are if you’re reading this either you or someone you know has been to the 1989 concert. (Or, if you’re like me, you
stalk visit Taylor’s Instagram account on a daily basis and put the 15 second clips together to make your own concert.) So you know that it’s no shock if one or two or even six of Taylor’s squad girls makes a catwalk visit during “Style” or “Shake It Off.”
Even during her costume changes, rather than having the band provide in-between sets, interviews with her friends discussing their friendship with Taylor play on jumbotrons throughout the concert arenas.
So, if you want to have a Tay Tay squad, get ready to bring them to your job. Who knows? Your own squad can help you out with a presentation, encourage you during contract negotiations, or support you during parent-teacher conferences.
Or, you could just keep a picture of them on your desk. That may be the safer bet.
Rule 4: Dance Like No One is Watching
I think this is the reason why we are so fascinated with Taylor Swift and her squad. Yes, they’re all beautiful and talented. But really, these are just a group of women who look like they’re having the time of their lives.
In a time when women are pitted against each other, tabloids wait for the next public mudsling or catfight, and paparazzi cameras are trained to catch the latest ingenue stumbling drunk out of a club, The Swift Squad is a breath of fresh air.
Whether they’re dancing at every awards show, celebrating a birthday, or cheering each other on, we want to be a part of this squad because we respect these women and their connection to each other.
In the end, you don’t have to have all the money in the world, travel to the Hamptons, or even have dozens of friends. Taylor Swift and her squad prove that even one friend that is loving and supportive is the ultimate #SquadGoal.
What Taylor Swift #SquadGoals do you have set for you and your own squad? Let us know in the messages or send us a tweet!