In Defence of the Fangirl

Urban dictionary defines a fangirl as “a female who has overstepped the line between healthy fandom and indecent obsession”.

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Before I go any further in this article I have a confession to make “I’m Yasmin Ali and I am a 5SOS fangirl” and before you ask no I do not cry over pictures of the boys (even the really adorable ones), I do not stalk them to a Veronica Mars level degree and I most definitely do not sleep with a lock of Mikey’s hair under my pillow at night (although having a piece of Mikey’s hair does sound pretty sweet as I could finally unlock the secret to how he manages to still have a full head of hair despite repeatedly dying it.

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Instead being part of the 5SOS fam has made me feel like part of a community,  it introduced me to people from all walks of life, some of whom have grown into friends,  individuals I never would have crossed paths with if it wasn’t for 5SOS.

But for me the best part is that 5SOS recognise and appreciate their fans with a series of tweets,  adorable keeks (yes Ashton I’m talking about you!!) and the most random youtube videos I have ever seen.

Fangirling isn’t a sign of craziness or obsession, it’s a sign of passion. The internet is brimming with fangirls who are blogging,  vlogging, instagraming and tweeting about what they love.

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These girls are grabbing the internet by the horns with awesome fan fiction,  editing giffs and generally being awesome.  Fangirling is literally breeding a generation of creative innovators.

So I for one will be wearing my fangirl badge with pride and I urge you to follow suit.

Yasmin Ali

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