6 Things You Should Know About Being a Fangirl

       If you follow me on twitter, this blog post should be no surprise. I, Bianca Reyes, am a fangirl. There, I said it. Out in the open for everyone to see. But is this simple title enough to assume everything there is about the art of fangirling? As a fangirl, it is one of my many duties to get a few things straightened out here.  There are 6 basic things to know about being a fangirl. So here I go, expanding your knowledge on exactly how hard it is to live the life of a fangirl.
        1. The Definition- From most of the population, the definition of a fangirl is a young, adolescent teeny-bopper who shrieks at just the plain sight of their heartthrob’s name. And they’re exactly right. If you are indeed a fangirl, there is no denying that you do this at least three times a day. But here’s my definition: a fangirl is a female who has overstepped the line between healthy fandom and near obsession for a celebrity(most commonly a musician) they hardly know. A fangirl can laugh at her own passion for her particular interest. But most importantly, fangirls stick together. Together we make a nationwide community consisting of a massive support group. If you are a fangirl, you follow your other fellow fangirls on twitter. No exceptions.
        2. Their Songs Are Our National Anthem- If you are a fangirl; you have gone onto YouTube and have watched every single video ever posted from their account. From covers to half written songs, you know them all by heart. Heck, maybe you’ve taken the lyrics and made a lyric video yourself! A fangirl has sat at her computer screen and replayed her idol’s music videos over and over. She has even memorized the choreography step by step within the music videos. Yeah, we go that far.
        3. Knowing Your Facts- This is probably the hardest part about the job. As a fangirl, it is your duty to know your stuff. A fangirl has memorized every possible fun fact about her idol. Some examples are favorite color, favorite restaurant, name of their first pet, cause of death of that pet, names of parents, intermediate family, friends, and neighbors, and most importantly, their birthday. You have it down to a science. You know the month, day, year, day of the week, and time of when your icon was born. In short, a fangirl has her idol’s entire Wiki page committed to memory and shows no shame in it. When given the chance, test a fangirl. You’ll be shocked at her knowledge!


        4. Social Media is Our Best Friend- Ah, social media. It’s what makes the world go around. And without it, a fangirl wouldn’t be half as obsessed as she is now. We have downloaded every app our idol has ever used. Oh, you missed out on the latest news of your favorite musician?  Nope, that’s never a problem for us fangirls. We have subscribed to our heartthrob’s accounts so we receive a text message AND alert (just in case one fails) the second they tweet anything. This means that we are amongst the first 100 favorites/retweets on Twitter, first 1,000 likes on Instagram, and first 50 views on the newest YouTube music video. Of course this comes with its disadvantages, the hardest one being battery life. A fangirl’s phone battery can drain in a matter of seconds at any time. Therefore, we carry our chargers around like security blankets, make sure our phones are 100% charged before walking out the door, and ignore calls from our great grandmothers just to conserve our precious battery. We wouldn’t want them to tweet something while our phones just lie there, lifeless.
        5. Friends and Family- This next bullet point wouldn’t even be possible without the one listed above. Since social media seems to be beaming into our eyes everywhere we go (literally, those screens are fluorescent), fangirls might as well take advantage of our opportunity. As a fangirl, it is common to follow everyone, and I mean everyone, socially connected to your idol. This includes parents, aunts, uncles, friends, managers, choreographers, bodyguards, and back up dancers. Their friends are your friends. Fangirls want to feel as emotionally connected to their icon as possible. And just like our fellow fangirls, we support our heartthrob’s friends and family. They come as a package.
        6. Fan Clubs- Speaking of packages, round up your piggy banks, ladies and gentlemen, and keep them somewhere out of a fangirl’s reach. Fangirls will do the impossible to round up enough money to pay their annual fees to their fan clubs. No, the plural form of club was not a mistake.  Fangirls are committed to several fan clubs on the internet because each is different. One may be for tour dates, another of the latest headline they are featured in. You may see a fangirl furiously flipping over couch cushions or searching the dryer in your house. Don’t be alarmed; it is for a good cause. I promise, as long as you don’t intervene, she will not bite.
        Several cases of fangirling have been reported across the globe for other people, not just musicians. Fangirling can be towards actors, athletes, or even news reporters (if you are into that type of thing). Every fangirl is unique, but we all share similar qualities. That common denominator being the basics listed above. If after reading this you discover you are a fangirl yourself, WELCOME! We will gladly accept you over here on the dark side.  Don’t panic, you won’t keel over and die by becoming a fangirl. Unless your heartthrob gets a girlfriend, then you are on your own. And boys, don’t be shy. There are definitely other fanboys out there! If you think you may be becoming a fangirl, comment below and I will gladly give you a diagnosis! To my fellow fangirls: comment below on any crazy fangirl stories you may have. Because we all know there are many!

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Comment by Dora Gillette on March 13, 2013 at 5:17pm

I LOVED your blog post Bianca! I agree with every single thing on your post! First of all, it is hard to be a fangirl because the world labels us as over-crazy teen girls(which let's face it we are much more than that!) As a fangirl myself, I definately have alerts and notifications on Twitter so that I can see the second he tweets! My story has to do with this one actor who is now 22...but married to a 45 year old woman! At first, upon innocently(or maybe not so much) scrolling through pictures of my beautiful actor, I came across many pictures of him with an older woman. Assuming all was well, I was quick to tilt my head to one side, sigh in typical fangirl fashion, and say, "Oh that's so sweet that he and his mother are so close!" Little did I know that his "mother" was actually his wife. I then learned he had two girls of his own and a 15-year old stepdaughter! I think that being a fangirl is one of the things that makes life fun! Cheers, fellow fangirl!

 

Comment by Rachel Tenuta on March 13, 2013 at 8:37pm

Although I am not a fangirl I found this extremely interesting and really funny! It was hard for me to believe that all of these things are what some people do. But I have to admit, it was intriguing. I found myself wondering what it's like to constantly want to know what was going on in someones life, someone you never even met. I hope Austin Mahone finds out about you, that'd be really awesome!

Comment by Lauren Shoaf on March 13, 2013 at 8:43pm

Just like Rachel was saying, I am not a fangirl myself but this was hilarious! It is very well written and you do an amazing job of explaining every single thing that you need to be a fangirl. I was interested the whole time and I really didn't know that fangirls go to such extremes! I follow yo on twitter and did notice that you tweet about Austin Mahone a lot but I didn't realize you were this serious about it! I really hope that you succeed as a fangirl and get to know him better!

Comment by Bianca Reyes on March 13, 2013 at 8:46pm

Dora,

Thanks for the comment! I LOVE your story! Hahahahaha! Like I said, finding out your "future husband" is in fact, already married can crush a girl's dreams! Stay strong! I'm here for you!(:

Comment by Bianca Reyes on March 13, 2013 at 8:50pm

Rachel,

I'm glad you were able to relate to my blog! Thank you so much for the comment. And yes, the fangirl world can be a shock to the public at first glance, but it's a lifestyle we have all adapted to. And believe me, Austin Mahone following me on Twitter was one step closer to my dream of meeting him! Thanks for the support! It means a lot!

Comment by Sarah Burger on March 13, 2013 at 8:56pm

This was a great blog post! I am also a fangirl (Justin Bieber is my idol) and I couldn't have said anything better myself. Everything you said was completely true and I had a few good laughs reading what I basically do on a day-to-day basis.

Comment by Bianca Reyes on March 13, 2013 at 9:09pm

Lauren,

Yes, my fellow follwers don't seem to be too happy about my Austin Mahone tweets but heck, It makes me happy! Thanks for the comment and I'm glad you liked my post!(:

Sarah,

Ahhh yes, the Biebs! Glad you agreed with my post and thought it was accurate! Fangirls unite! Hahaha

Comment by Morgan Chencinski on March 13, 2013 at 10:37pm

Hello fellow fangirl! You don't know how happy I was to see someone writing about this topic! This post was absolutely fantastic.  It helps to know that we are not alone in our obsessions! I can relate to every single number on this because I've been through all of them.

My favorite personal fangirl experience is being able to say my face has been on concert screens across the US and South America. I used to love the Jonas Brothers and for one of their tours they wanted fans to submit clip of themselves holding up signs saying who they are.  They chose about 20 clips to compile into a video to be played during a song. My sign read "best friend" and I got my best friend to hold it with me. And we were chosen! Unfortunately the video wasn't ready when I saw them live, but I've found YouTube videos of it. 

I'm glad you're celebrating your fangirl-ness and sharing it with others! Great post!

Comment by Bianca Reyes on March 13, 2013 at 10:46pm

Morgan,

I'm glad you liked my post! But I'm even more ecstatic to hear your story! That is absolutely amazing that you got chosen for that! Out of the thousands and thousands submitted! I, too, had my share of fangirling for the JoBros. But now I'm just curious as to whether or not I may have seen you up there on the big screen! Do you know where I could find that video? I'd love to watch it! Thanks for sharing your story. You've definitely given me a boost in hopes and I'm sure many others reading this!

Comment by Morgan Chencinski on March 13, 2013 at 11:10pm

Of course I saved the video as soon as I saw it so that I could look back on it in the future! :) Here's a link to it.  My friend and I are about 20 seconds in.

And don't give up hope! That's one of the best parts of being a fangirl! I'd say we're all pretty optimistic of fulfilling our dreams of meeting our special somebody or band! Trust me, the wait is worth it once you get your chance.

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