The Evolution of the Queen Bee from Blair Waldorf to Chanel Oberlin
What makes a queen bee? Well, according to the high school rulebook that is Mean Girls, there are three main factors: a good physique, a band of loyal followers, and an Aaron Samuels of their own. But of course, each queen bee is different and has something that is uniquely hers—just look at these girls!
- Brooke Davis from One Tree Hill (2003-2012)
Good physique: Check, thanks to hours of cheerleading practice.
Band of loyal followers: Brooke wasn't just the captain of the cheer squad, but also student council president, homecoming queen, founder of the anti-drunk driving service "DW not I," and member of multiple high school clubs.
Her Aaron Samuels: Three words: Lucas Freaking Scott.
X-Factor: "Not pretty enough, not talented enough, not good enough." Brooke may have put up a tough front, but deep inside, she was just as vulnerable and broken as the next person. And when she finally owned it, the long journey made it that much sweeter.
- Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl (2007-2012)
Good physique: Blair held herself up to impossible standards and struggled with body issues for most of high school.
Band of loyal followers: Queen B was regularly spotted holding court at the Met steps.
Her Aaron Samuels: She thought Nate Archibald was her perfect match, but she found her true soul mate in Chuck Bass.
X-Factor: Blair wasn't always fair to her minions, but she was fiercely protective of her core group of friends a.k.a. the Non-Judging Breakfast Club.
- Quinn Fabray from Glee (2009-2015)
Good physique: See: hours of cheerleading practice.
Band of loyal followers: She was captain of the Cheerios and the Celibacy Club, and also a member of the New Directions and the God Squad.
Her Aaron Samuels: She thought Finn Hudson was her happy ever after, but ultimately, she and Noah Puckerman were endgame.
X-Factor: Quinn started off as the big baddie, but her inherent goodness and kindness won in the end.
- Alison DiLaurentis from Pretty Little Liars (2010-present)
Good physique: Always impeccably dressed and made up, Alison set the standard for what's pretty, what's cool, and what's acceptable.
Band of loyal followers: You know her girl gang: Hanna Marin, Aria Montgomery, Spencer Hastings, and Emily Fields.
Her Aaron Samuels: Secret relationships were more of her thing.
X-Factor: Alison has made many enemies, but she also has the unique ability to make someone feel special and win their loyalty for life.
- Chanel Oberlin from Scream Queens (2015-present; catch the season finale on Tuesday!)
Good physique: Chanel continues to struggle with body issues and regularly body-shames others, but we will always remember when she finally traded cotton balls for actual, digestible food. That it was pizza was just the pepperoni on top.
Band of loyal followers: The Chanels, obvi.
Her Aaron Samuels: After the death of her fiancé, Chad Radwell, Chanel is now dating Dr. Brock Holt.
X-Factor: Chanel is blessed with the ability to take control of—and get out of—any situation.
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First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.
If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.
And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.
Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.
Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”