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In seven years, Taylor Swift went from Jonas plus one to squad leader at the VMAs

Published 31/08/2015 | 11:00

From left: model Martha Hunt, actress Hailee Steinfeld, model Cara Delevingne, recording artists Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift, actress Serayah McNeill and models Lily Aldridge and Gigi Hadid arrive together at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
Recording artists Selena Gomez (L) and Taylor Swift and actress Serayah McNeill (R) walk onto the red carpet together as they arrive at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs
Taylor Swift and Britney Spears in the audience at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus arrives on the red carpet of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Taylor Swift and ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas
From left, model Martha Hunt, actress Hailee Steinfeld, model Cara Delevingne, recording artists Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift, actress Serayah McNeill, models Lily Aldridge, Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss, and actress Mariska Hargitay arrive together at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

Taylor Swift hasn't always been the queen of MTV.

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Her rise to superstardom has been a laborious one, from her first trip to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 11 in the hopes of landing a record deal to her reign at the top of the music industry as evidenced by her appearance at the 2015 VMAs.

At her first Video Music Awards in 2008, she poses alongside former BFF (and current arch nemesis) Katy Perry and a similarly innocent looking Miley Cyrus. Later in the evening, she is pictured uncomfortably posing with Britney Spears and walks the red carpet alone before joining her then-boyfriend Joe Jonas and his brother Nick at their seats.

At the time, she was the lesser known star, often lauded as the 'next big thing'.

Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus arrives on the red carpet of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus arrives on the red carpet of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

GALLERY:

But last night, we saw a different Taylor Swift, which we are much more familiar with - a super confident, straight haired Amazon, accepting award after award with the same enthusiasm and a group of diverse women seemingly glued by her side.

Her 'squad' consisting of models Gigi Hadid and Martha Hunt, Hailee Steinfeld, Cara Delevingne, Selena Gomez, actress Serayah McNeill, Lily Aldridge, actress Mariska Hargitay and Karlie Kloss would have all been invited to the event, but few would have earned the same international headlines for their appearance if not for their leader.

Wearing an Ashish crop top and harem pant combination, she is flanked by her army of female friends - all successful in their own rights, but none of them are close to reaching the same levels of fame and fortune as their queen.

Taylor Swift and ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas
Taylor Swift and ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas

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After posing confidently on the red carpet, she holds hands with Selena Gomez and Serayah McNeill, and afterwards, the group pose playfully for photos.

Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs
Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs

T-Swiz treated the 2015 VMAs as her opportunity to show how far she's come in her career; even agreeing to present Kanye West, the great speech crasher of our time, with a Video Vanguard Award.

Instead of cowering in confusion like she did in 2009 when he tore into his famous 'Imma let you finish' rant, she poked fun at the past and proved to everyone, namely herself, that she's a force to be reckoned with.

Recording artists Selena Gomez (L) and Taylor Swift and actress Serayah McNeill (R) walk onto the red carpet together as they arrive at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
Recording artists Selena Gomez (L) and Taylor Swift and actress Serayah McNeill (R) walk onto the red carpet together as they arrive at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
From left: model Martha Hunt, actress Hailee Steinfeld, model Cara Delevingne, recording artists Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift, actress Serayah McNeill and models Lily Aldridge and Gigi Hadid arrive together at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
From left: model Martha Hunt, actress Hailee Steinfeld, model Cara Delevingne, recording artists Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift, actress Serayah McNeill and models Lily Aldridge and Gigi Hadid arrive together at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

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