9 Lessons Regina George From 'Mean Girls' Taught Us That Defined A Generation Of Girls

by Ashley Fern

Regina George was and will always be the ultimate mean girl in every Gen-Y girl's mind. She was a force to be reckoned with, she was feared by all and envied by most; she was the Queen B and a woman we could all learn something or two from.

You may be thinking, "What could we possibly learn from a girl like this?" I'm here to tell you there's a lot more than you think.

On the 10th anniversary of "Mean Girls," we are going to take a look into exactly what we could learn from this mean girl.

1. Sometimes it is better to be feared than loved

In certain situations, fear can be of greater value than love. Regina George was feared by all, even those whom she was closest to. When Janice Ian cut holes in the front of Regina's tank top, Regina didn't give a sh*t.

She rocked that like it was a new style that she invented. And guess what? The entire school cut holes in their shirts as well.

She took a seemingly embarrassing situation and manipulated it in her favor -- as she did with most things. She knew she was a scary person and used that to her advantage to get the results she wanted.

2. You can't always trust the people closest to you

Regina took Cady in and invited her into her crew -- all while Cady was sabotaging her behind her back.

She actually thought Cady was being a good friend when she gave her a Kaltine bar, but little did she know it would have the opposite effect.

Just because a person is nice to you and spends all of her time with you does not mean she has your best interests at heart.

Many people live life by the phrase, "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer" -- so it's hard to know who you can really trust.

3. If you cheat, you will eventually get caught

Regina thought she was being really stealthy when she would sneak away to the projection room above the auditorium with Shane Oman. Little did she know, people caught on and were waiting for the right time to expose her.

It doesn't matter how good you are at sneaking around, your actions will always catch up with you. It may not happen right away, but everything comes out eventually.

4. Money can't always buy happiness, but it's more fun to cry in the master bedroom

Regina had all the money in the world, but was actually just a miserable mean girl. She made her parents trade bedrooms with her so she would have the master suite and doesn't seem to regret it whatsoever.

Sure she may be depressed at heart, but she doesn't seem to be looking too upset when she goes shopping in her silver Lexus.

5. Attitude is the way to achieve power

Regina reigned over her high school because she had the attitude to back it up. She didn't tolerate weakness or bullsh*t and she made that known.

Girls wanted to be her, guys wanted to be with her and it all came back to her attitude. She knew what she wanted and did everything she could to achieve it.

6. There is power in numbers

Regina only felt powerful when she surrounded herself with the Plastics. She carefully chose pretty girls who would attend to her every beck and call.

By surrounding herself with Gretchen and Karen, she gave off a powerful illusion even though the two of them were far from intellectual. She needed people to do her bidding and these were the perfect candidates.

7. It's better to be a leader than a follower

Regina George didn't listen to anyone's opinion except her own. She had the confidence to be the Plastics' fearless leader and took her role to the extreme.

Karen and Gretchen were her minions, well that was before Cady came along to dethrone her.

8. The importance of girl code

Regardless of how twisted Regina's rules and principles were, she understood the importance of girl code.

You can only wear sweatpants on Friday, on Wednesdays you wear pink and you can only wear your hair in a ponytail one day per week. Oh, ex-boyfriends are totally off limits to friends. (Thanks Gretchen, I'm sure Regina taught you that one.)

She was looking out for her friends by keeping them in tip-top shape. Sure her priorities may be misaligned, but isn't a good friend one who will tell you when you are looking sloppy?

9. Exclusivity is crucial

The Plastics ruled over their school because of how exclusive their group was. They invited Cady to join their lunch table every day for the rest of the week, which basically was her invite into girl world.

Janice and Damien couldn't believe that Cady, after only being at school for a day, was already invited to join them at lunch.

Regina showed us that it should be considered an honor to sit with her, proving over and over again how much of a boss she is.

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