Rookie staff members, by a Rookie staff member! Petra took these Polaroids when we celebrated our launch in September at Cindy’s place. Tavi, Emily, Anaheed, Jenny, and Emma. The mongoose is not part of our staff.
In honor of this month’s theme, we asked you all to send in photos of your own girl gangs. Behold! And ugh, I can’t get over how cute and cool you all are. One day I hope we can all have a giant Rookie tea party/paintball fight together. —Tavi
From Lovisa, photos taken Mandy-Lyn Antoniou
My name is Miriam Kornelis. I’m from Holland, Michigan, and my friends and I are definitely a girl gang. My best friends’ names are Sarah, Julia, Zoe, and Emma, and we do things together 24/7. We’ve had professional photo shoots done together because we’re just that official :) Probably the reason none of us have boyfriends (a problem we’re trying to fix) is because we’re such a tight group. —Miriam
Hotpot party. Candy, Lisa, Lorraine, Faith, Lershan, Saphira, Kayi. —Kayi
This is my girl gang, which I am still very much in, though we have drifted slightly as we all go to different schools now. We’ve been together for six years, though Emily and I have known each other for almost 12. It goes Amandeep, Emily, me. This was at our year-11 prom—I guess that’s the equivalent of sophomores in high school?—and I think you can agree, we’re a very glamorous bunch. This was the first time I grew my nails long, and the first time Amandeep wore a full face of makeup. Emily’s always been well put together, so ignore her. We’re the Unholy Trinity, and we’ve been through everything together. Boyfriends, coming out, sex shops, vibrators, surviving our all-girls private school—we’re so close, and total bros. Our goals are all different, and we’re all very different people, but when we get together, it’s like we’ve never been apart. I like to think these fierce grrrls will be my friends for life, but even if we’re not, I’ll always be happy about the time I’ve spent with them and the secrets we’ve shared. —Lilith
From left is Gabby (17), Tori (18), Cassie (17), Sierra (17), and Brooke (17). My group of friends go by the name “chinques,” the Italian number for five. The spelling we use is “chinque.” This picture on the left was taken before we all went out on a Saturday night for some fun. —Tori
My friends and I are a girl gang. We do EVERYTHING together. The first photos are a comparison of us four and the four friends from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. (We really do match the characters. It’s creepy.) The second bunch are the Disney Princess photos we did at our college in California. Halstyn (Pocahontas and Lena) is a 20-year-old television and film major with a heart of gold. Jaryn (Halstyn’s sister; Jasmine and Carmen) is a 19-year-old psychology major with a talent for music. Kaylee (Aurora and Tibby) is a 19-year-old photography major with an independent spirit. Caitlin (Belle and Bridget) is a 19-year-old studying to be a dental hygienist that loves reading and romance. —Kaylee
Danielle, Sarah, Carli. Summer 2010, I think? Time flies when you’re old. —Sarah
Tricia, Irene, Jessica, Diana, Jacqui, and our canine companions, Ichabod and Lucy! This is me and my girl gang, celebrating our love for the Gemini! We’re fully equipped with flower crowns and canine companions! —Jessica
Laura, Francesca, Madeline, Catherine, and Alexe, sent to us by Francesca.
Morgan, Elora, Zil, and Alyssa. Many girls are involved in Girl Scouting at some point in their lives, most often when they are in elementary school. Well for me, I started in kindergarten and was with the same group of girls all the way through 12th grade. Our troop had many different members over the years, but four of us stuck with it through high school. I consider my Girl Scout troop to be bit of a girl gang in the way that we all became sooo close, and as we got older, the bond between us four got even closer. I consider these three girls my best and closest friends. We all go to different colleges now, in three different states, but we still have that incredible bond when we get together. The cool thing about Girl Scouts is when you first join you don’t have to worry about making friends (like at school); you’re just kinda forced to meet other girls. Sometimes amazing friendships are made, sometimes they aren’t. I got so so lucky with my troop. I honestly can say that the 13+ years that I’ve been a Girl Scout (I still consider myself one) have been the best part of my life. —Zil
Our gang of lady friends on Halloween as Twin Peaks—me as Audrey Horne, Shannon as Log Lady, Rebecca as Nadine, and Sarah as Josie Packard. Cool! And a picture of me and my best friend Shannon. Check out our band here. —Dominique
I am lucky enough to call a couple different gangs my best friends. Here are two. On top, four of my best theater friends. I would be miserable without them: Heather (17), Jiana (18), me (17), Tam (18), and McLean (19). And, my six DEUCES from Camp Lake Hubert. Clockwise from far left: Jordan, Meredith, Rachel, me, Joyce, and Fabiola. All 17! –Mamie
Soy Marisol de la ciudad de Mexico!!! Mandamos una foto de nuestra bandita “Chick Habit” y soy la chica del tatuaje. Marisol, Georgina, and Mariana. —Marisol
Here is what I would consider to be my girl gang: a bunch of crazy ladies I pretty much all met through the internet and blogging. Emma, Alex, Emily (me), Hannah, Liz, Ashley, Anna, Alley, Kelsey, and Siri. —Emily
A picture of my bestest friends in second grade at the Jelly Belly Factory (I’m in the middle). I just thought it was cute. And there’s a second picture of me and my friends now, as a comparison. —Adrienne
We’re Clara (17), Catherine (15), and Alyssa (17), a girl gang from New England. This year we founded a feminist/Riot Grrrl club at our high school, doing creative projects around the school to educate the other students! —HHS Riot Grrrls
Here are a couple photos from an impromptu girl gang shoot from last week when my friends and I accidentally wore matching outfits. Actually, that happens a lot. Our names are Vivian, Joyce, and Caroline. —Vivian
From Jojo, Annie, and Teddy
The Fab Four came into existence after a pretty quick best-friend-formingship at our summer camp, located almost in the middle of nowhere, which really is what makes it so beautiful and special. I thought I’d send in two pictures, almost identical, taken a year apart, of my very own Fab Four (from left: Devynn, Sara, Eden, Georgia). We’re at camp in both pictures, the place where we reunite after failed attempts at daily phone calls and weekly letter writing at the beginning of July every year (we’re all from different cities). —Jessica
Nina, Lucía, Flor, Lula, and Pato. This is a photo of me and my group of friends in my friend’s stupid pool. We call it that but we love it. —Lucia
I got inspired by this month’s theme last night and drew myself and my friends (aka las Bebes). Hope you like it! Our names are Melissa, Emily, and Britte. —Britte
These are some photos of me and my collaborator, Christine. We call ourselves the Basketball Team. We are a girl gang. —Sophie
Bella (16), Chantelle (15), Sofi (16), Christina (17), Rose (we call her Ropax) (16), and Caroline (17). At school, people give us crap for being really close friends. It got to a point where some of us considered “seeing other people” and making new friends…but then we were like, “Hey, they suck, and we like each other.” We’re called “the biffles” or as one of our moms says “the fashionistas.” We’re quasi-hipsters with diverse tastes that incude lax, modeling, Tina Fey, musicals, chocolate-covered strawberries (a shared joy), and shoes (another shared joy). I’m not sure why we’re all friends…but we work. They’re mah gurlzz. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. —Sofi, 16, San Francisco. Also, note from Bella: I love Rookie Mag and I love my girl gang!
Jocelyn, Michelle, and May, sent to us by Michelle.
From Emily C.
Sabrina (me), Angélique, Marie-Ly, Karelle, Gabrielle, Camille. This is the half of my girl gang and me. We’re from Montreal. —Sabrina
My computer is loaded with pictures, so I figured I would sift through and find some “girl gang” pictures. So these pictures include a few of us. I also threw in one of those stereotypical “group of girls” pictures because they said, “send this one to Rookie!” Love, Anna
Left to right: Faith, Amber, Giovanna, Sara, Jill (me!), and Hallie. This is my girl gang dressed up as one of the greatest girl gangs of all time, the Sailor Scouts, for superhero day our senior year. —Jill
My own girl gang and my mom’s girl gang. I’m the one holding a water bottle. —Diana
I know we’re not exactly teenagers (adultolescence is a term I’m learning to live with), but we’re definitely a BAMF girl gang of filmmakers. Jackie, Laura, Emma, Becca, Lila, Andrea, all age 20. —Jackie
Emily, Liza, me, Jeanne, Carly. This was before our first midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. When we got to the theater no one else was dressed up, but we didn’t care, because we looked hot and Jeanne’s fro was epic. Liza’s 18th birthday breakfast at IHOP, and our second annual Fancy Night. —Katie
This is an old photo and a new photo. The sister with red hair in the middle of the current photo is Ruth. She’s the oldest of the three of us. Anna is on the right and I am on the left. I’m the youngest. Our dynamic is interesting, because we have four other siblings above us, but we have always sort of been a separate unit. When we were having secret meetings in our room and creating our own “secret garden” in the backyard the older sibs were out experimenting with drugs and Satanism. Just kidding about the Satanism part. Secret Sister Club is alive and well, though it takes a different form these days because both of my sisters are married with families now. Ruth is 29, Anna is 26, and I am 24. Sisters forever!
From Emily W.
My friends and I were a girl gang for Halloween. We were inspired by movies like Cry-Baby, Grease, and Switchblade Sisters, as well as Drew Barrymore’s music video for “Our Deal” by Best Coast (<3 Chloe Moretz)! These photos were taken by Philip Wilkerson. —Terry
I’m not close with these girls at all anymore, but for years they were my best friends, and the memories I made with them are the best I’ve made so far. The picture is us reuniting: Samara (middle left) had come back home to visit (she moved away in our early high school years), and I (on the far left) came to see (left to right) her, Robyn, and Kayla. We got this picture on the front step of the elementary school we all went to together. It was so nice to see everyone again, but it also felt like closure. We’ve all grown and changed so much that I realized I’d never be close with them the way I once was—and that’s OK. But I miss it sometimes. —Mimi
I would like to submit some pictures of me and my friends Marisa and Lucy. I am Claire. These pictures were taken on a great fall day. We are from Chicago and are the three best friends anyone can ever have. We enjoy dressing up, watching old movies, playing Super Mario Bros., and taking photos. I can be goofy and totally natural around them—and when I can be myself I know that I have found true friends. I am the blonde in the bright yellow sweater, Lucy is the redhead in the army-green shirt and boots, and Marisa is the brunette with the scarf. My blog is http://musicfashionandallthatjazz.blogspot.com, by the way. Love, Claire