After a weekend of heavy drama, all of TikTok is calling Hailey, Kendall and Kylie the “mean girls of the time. But what exactly does this term mean?
Surely this past weekend your TikTok fyp was full of videos about the drama between Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift vs. Hailey Bieber and Kylie Jenner. Many people (including celebs like Jaime Lee Curtis) are supporting singers and canceling models, to the point of destroying their products, for behaving like mean girls. If you still do not know the whole story or want to review it, here is the summary.
Context please, what about Hailey, Kendall and Kylie?
He beef started a few weeks ago after Selena suffered body shaming on social networks for some photos that she uploaded to Instagram in a bathing suit. Within a few days, Hailey posted a TikTok alongside Kendall Jenner and Justine Skye doing lip sync from the audio: “I’m not saying she deserves it, but God’s timing is always perfect,” and deleted it almost immediately. After the networks went crazy with this shadow evident towards the founder of Rare Beauty, Hailey replied that her post was not dedicated to anyone, “they just did it for fun” during a girls night out.
Until now, everything seemed that these mini attacks would remain a fan speculation… but no. Last week Selena posted a video to TikTok saying that she had accidentally feathered her brows too much and—coincidence or not—that same day, Kylie Jenner uploaded a photo to her Instagram Stories with the caption “Was this an accident?” placed above her eyebrows, and as if that were not enough, she raised another story a facetime with Hailey where they both did a close up to his eyebrows.
Kylie clarified that they didn’t do it to upset Selena and that the fans were “making trouble where it is.” True or not, Selena replied that she agreed with her, but this time the internet wouldn’t let it go because they think Kylie is upset that Sel has dethroned her as the queen of Instagram.
Then Taylor Swift entered the story when Selena commented on a TikTok of an old clip of Hailey making a disgusted face while a presenter mentioned Tay. Selena wrote “Sorry but my best friend is her and she continues to be one of the best in the game.”
It was there that the bomb exploded because many videos resurfaced of Hailey, Kylie and Kendall attacking not only Justin Bieber’s ex and her bff (Taylor Swift), but other celebrities (especially women) like Halsey and Addison Rae, as well as tweets with racist and classist expressions.
As if that were not enough, several people who have met the models also agree that they do not usually treat their employees or their fans well.. For all that, people have called out both the founder of Rhode Skin and the Jenner sisters “mean girls”.
But what is it to be mean girl?
Yes, when we hear that term, the face of Regina George, Gretchen Wieners and Karen Smith appears in the 2004 movie, “Las Plásticas”. This trio of friends with a 10/10 body, idolized by all, desired by all and from millionaire families, but who live with hypocrisy, egos to the sky, betrayals between friends, beauty standards, social schemes, insecurities, and much more. further.
Although Kendall Jenner has said on her reality show The Kardashians how much it hurts to be called mean girl because it is not considered that way, and Mrs. Bieber has repeated a thousand and one times how much she is in favor of women’s rights; they and Kylie have had behaviors very similar to those of the protagonists of the iconic chick flick. From the obsession to look like barbie dolls 24/7, going through a life full of privileges, to the suspicious loyalty of his friendship and the habit of criticizing other women.
In fact, if we do a deep dive in the concept “mean girls” we will run into the worst nightmare of feminism: machismo, because it is curious that most of the attacks of this type of people are directed at women. Think about it: Cady Heron ended up embroiled in a war of mean girls by a man, aka Aaron Samuels, as did Hailey and Selena for Justin Bieber (even Kendall and Kylie seem to have had something to do with him breaking up with Selena).
As well as the phenomenon of “pick me girls” basically refers to the struggle of women to be chosen by men as a partner, the objective of the mean girls is to eliminate the competition in the same struggle to be the most eligible option for them, or to feel better among all women.
Never-ending love triangle drama between Sel, Justin, and Hails aside, it’s worth considering whether this really is the kind of problem women should be having at this point in life. Like, really, in 2023?
By: Pamela Vazquez
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