Gigi Hadid Says Taylor Swift's #SquadGoals Are About Avoiding 'Cattiness'

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Martha Hunt,  Taylor Swift and Gigi Hadid perform on stage during the 1989 World Tour Live at Ford Field on May 30, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan.

Taylor Swift's far-reaching "squad" has become notorious enough to merit its own SNL sketch (which aired last weekend) and powerful enough to star in an award-winning music video. But what is the point of all group selfies and loud declarations of friendship? According to one of Taylor Swift's many "best friends" Gigi Hadid, the idea behind all of it is about empowering women.

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“We talk about it a lot; it’s a conversation we often have,” Hadid told Elle Canada of being a part of Swift's crew. “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."

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Though Swift's squad may inspire some light-hearted mockery, Hadid says their friendship is about avoiding another common cliché assigned to female celebrities. "We don’t want to be like other generations who are infamous for their cattiness," she says. "That was cool and it worked for them and they were great. We just want to be the new generation.”

Just one question remains: what would Katy Perry say?

 

just look at these two.

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