On October 3rd, millennials around the world will celebrate the 11th annual National Mean Girls Day. Consider yourself warned—the interwebs are bound to be ridden with Plastics memes, your Facebook feed will be a never-ending stream of Regina George quotes, Buzzfeed will post a gazillion versions of “The Plastics and the Mathletes; Where Are They Now?” and every major TV channel will have back-to-back showings of the cult classic. If you’re not a Mean Girls fanatic yourself, you may be wondering, what’s all the hype about?
Easy—it’s universally relatable. No matter where you’re from or what type of school you attended, you probably encountered a clique of “mean girls” who dominated your high school social scene. Heck, maybe you were even one of them! If I had to use one word to describe this crew of girls, it would be vain: the mean girls are always excessively vain. They know they’re pretty, popular and wield great power over the rest of the school.