During her 1989 era, Taylor Swift’s famous friends quickly became known as her “squad” — look back on their cutest photos together
Taylor Swift is reflecting on her 1989 era with the release of 1989 (Taylor’s Version), and that includes a retrospective look at what affectionately became known as her “squad” era.
In the new album’s prologue letter, the “Blank Space” singer addresses the media scrutiny she faced during that period of her life, including how she began to focus more on female friendships after she struggled to date “like a normal young woman.”
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From 2013 to 2016, Swift’s famous inner circle quickly became known as her “squad,” with notable members including models such as Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Jaime King, and fellow musicians such as Selena Gomez, the Haim sisters and Lorde.
Additionally, Swift brought many of her celebrity friends together for her star-studded “Bad Blood” music video, including Hailee Steinfeld, Lena Dunham, Lily Aldridge and Serayah.
Like many aspects of Swift’s life, the “squad” has been the subject of many headlines through the years as people scrutinized her inner circle. Swift even addressed the criticism in her “Look What You Made Me Do” music video.
Recently in her 1989 (Taylor’s Version) prologue letter, Swift thanked her loyal fans for understanding her motives at the time. “You, who knew that maybe a girl who surrounds herself with female friends in adulthood is making up for a lack of them in childhood (not starting a tyrannical hot girl cult),” she joked of her tight friend group at that time.
Take a look back at some of Swift’s best friendship moments from her 1989 era.
Award Season Girls
Swift partied the night away with her friends, including her The Giver costar Odeya Rush, Sarah Hyland, Jaime King and Hailee Steinfeld, as she attended the Weinstein Company and Netflix’s 2014 Golden Globes afterparty.
In a photo shared by Martha Hunt, Swift and her friends piled into a car ahead of the singer’s birthday in December 2014. Hunt captioned the photo, “Bae af💥💥” tagging Swift, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge and the Haim sisters in the post.
Shutting Down the VMAs Red Carpet
As her “Bad Blood” music video was up for several awards at the 2015 MTV VMAs, Swift brought many of the video’s costars with her to the event, including Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Hailee Steinfeld, Cara Delevingne, Selena Gomez, Serayah, Mariska Hargitay, Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss.
The group also sat together during the show and stood with Swift on stage as “Bad Blood” won video of the year at the end of the night.
Fourth of July Celebration
In July 2014, Swift threw one of her famous Fourth of July bashes with several notable celebrities in attendance, including Gossip Girl actress Jessica Szohr, Jaime King and Emma Stone.
Bad Blood’s Big Debut
Swift brought together her “Bad Blood” costars as she attended the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Ahead of the event, she walked the red carpet with Zendaya, Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Aldridge and Martha Hunt. The ladies also joined her on stage as she officially debuted the video for the first time.
Jumping For Joy
For Swift’s Fourth of July celebration in 2015, the singer and her friend donned swimsuits and sunglasses for a fun jumping photo in front of the beach.
Girls’ Night In
Swift and her friends kicked off 2015 by enjoying a cozy night at her apartment in this snap shared by Gigi Hadid.
“Bad Blood” Reunion
Swift’s 1989 World Tour was known for its star-studded cameos, including many appearances from the singer’s famous friends. As Swift performed at MetLife Stadium in July 2015, she was joined by her “Bad Blood” costars, including Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Aldridge, Gigi Hadid and Lena Dunham.
Girls’ Night Out
Gigi Hadid reminisced on her fun adventures with Swift and Karlie Kloss as she posted this black-and-white-selfie with the caption, “Missing girls night for its Shirley Temples and Britney sing-a-longs, but mostly missing these two 💕”
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After appearing with Swift and her friends at the 1989 World Tour in 2015, Cara Delevingne posted this cute behind-the-scenes snap, captioning it, “Missing these ladies ❤️”
Friends Supporting Friends
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In February 2014, Swift had a fun night out in London alongside Lily Donaldson, Ellie Goulding, Karlie Kloss, and Cara Delevingne as they attended The World’s First Fabulous Fund Fair hosted by Natalia Vodianova and Kloss in support of The Naked Heart Foundation.
Even Swift’s cat Meredith got in on the fun as the singer and her friends posed for a silly photo in her apartment.
We’re on Each Other’s Team
Swift brought together some of her closest friends as she attended the 2014 American Music Awards. The singer had the support of Lorde, Selena Gomez and Karlie Kloss as she took home the Dick Clark Award for Excellence.
Strutting the Catwalk
During her Detroit show in May 2015, Swift was joined by Martha Hunt and Gigi Hadid as she performed on stage during her 1989 World Tour.
All Dolled Up
Swift got all dolled up with her best girls to attend the Vanity Fair Oscars Party alongside Jaime King, Karlie Kloss, Ireland Baldwin and Gigi Hadid.
1989 World Tour Cameos
Swift added some new friends to the mix as she performed at Hyde Park in London on June 27, 2015. For the special 1989 World Tour appearance, she had Martha Hunt, Kendall Jenner, Serena Williams, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne join her on stage.
In December 2014, Ed Sheeran was an honorary inductee, posing backstage at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show (where he and Swift both performed) along with Angels Martha Hunt, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karlie Kloss and Lily Aldridge.
When Swift attended the BRIT Awards in 2015, she snapped a playful selfie alongside Ellie Goulding, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss, which Delevingne captioned, “BRIT SQUAD! 🇬🇧👅🇺🇸.”
Striking a Pose
Martha Hunt and Gigi Hadid visited Swift during her 1989 World Tour stop in Detroit, where the trio posed for a stylish photo on the catwalk.
In addition to hitting the stage at the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Swift snapped a few photos with her close friends (and Victoria’s Secret models) Martha Hunt and Karlie Kloss. The ladies were serving major looks and squad goals as they posed on the pink carpet.
Photo Booth Parties
To celebrate the arrival of Jaime King’s new baby, Swift threw the actress and model a carnival-themed baby shower. “How can I put this into words… @taylorswift is not only going to be an exquisite Godmother but one of the best friends one could ask for,” King captioned a snap of them in front of a photo booth. “Thank you Tay for throwing me such an insanely beautiful baby shower. Less then 12 hours after performing for 100k strong. I love you SO MUCH xx.”
You Know It’s Mad Love
Swift and her friends piled into a car with her brother Austin Swift en route to the the Billboard Music Awards to debut the “Bad Blood” music video. On the way there, Hunt captured this selfie of Hailee Steinfeld showing off her custom bag.
Swift was surrounded by some of her closest friends when she attended InStyle’s Golden Globes afterparty in January 2015. The singer walked the red carpet with her pals before posing for a handful of photos inside together.
At perhaps Swift’s most notable Fourth of July bash ever, Swift had a crowd of friends join her at her Rhode Island home in 2016. Wearing a “Taymerica” swimsuit, the singer shared a laugh with her friends as they posed in the water.
Swift and her friends huddled on the staircase in this cute snap shared by Gigi Hadid, which she adorably captioned, “These are a few of my favorite things..”