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You’ll never guess who topped Forbes “Highest-Paid Celebrity” list. (Yes, you will.)

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Forbes released their annual list of “The World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities” this week, proving that no one should ever underestimate the power of the fangirl culture. Starting with the second highest-paid celebrity: One Direction. Even though they not-so-officially brook-up earlier this year, every 20-year-old girl still secretly listens to them every night before they go to bed and jumps at the chance to go to a concert. While the (slightly) younger generation of fangirls is and always will be gushing over Forbes’ number 26 the youngest celebrity on the list: Justin Beiber. Who ironically sat right next to the eldest at number 25 on the list, the man that every woman over the age of 40 will forever be in love with: Paul McCartney, who had more tour dates than Katy Perry or Beyonce. (Um, wow.)

We also can’t forget the classy fangirls, who would probably claim to not be a part of the fangirl subculture, but let’s face it, they totally are when it comes to Adele, who hit the list at number nine. And then for the big number one, the most famous, the richest, the most loved, the hero of all fangirls of all time and their friends, boyfriends, husbands, sons, daughters, and enemies, making over 170 million dollars at just 26-years-old: Taylor Swift, obvi.

But just as women have come to expect, she isn’t getting all the fame she deserves as the first women to win album of the year twice in a row and to be the richest celebrity in the world, amongst all her other huge accomplishments. Media outlets like the Bleacher Report are still letting men stand in front of her on their cover images because the male-dominated media industry has to keep women in their place:

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Now let us remember what happened the last time a male stepped in front of Taylor Swift during one of her shining moments, she gave the best speech of her life and made everyone shut up:

“As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.

But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you’ll know it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”

For Pete’s sake. Dumbass men of the media: put Taylor where she has worked so hard to belong: At the top, in the front. No one is sorry that she hurts the pride of grown men everywhere. She is giving a voice to women and proving that the highest financial success is possible for women despite men’s best efforts to tear us down.

Thanks, Taylor! From all your #fangirls.

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