In seven years, Taylor Swift went from Jonas plus one to squad leader at the VMAs
Taylor Swift hasn't always been the queen of MTV.
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'.
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.
After posing confidently on the red carpet, she holds hands with Selena Gomez and Serayah McNeill, and afterwards, the group pose playfully for photos.
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.