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Taylor Swift says Lena Dunham educated her about feminism

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Girl power! Taylor Swift credits BFF
Lena Dunham for opening her mind

Taylor Swift has served as an inspiration to many women with her powerful lyrics, graceful demeanor and string of female celebrity BFFs, which have proved to the world that she's all for girl power.

"As a teenager, I didn't understand that saying you're a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities," Swift revealed to the Guardian during a recent interview. "What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men."

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But that negative and mistaken stigma changed after the country songstress met Girls creator and funny woman Lena Dunham.

"Becoming friends with Lena — without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for — has made me realize that I've been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so."

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And there's mutual respect and appreciation between Swift and Dunham because the Tiny Furniture actress was quick to applaud her BFF via social media.

"She's been my feminist role model for a long time," Dunham tweeted. "And I cannot f***ing wait for her VMA performance."

Dunham then went on to praise Swifty and applaud her for her stance on feminism.

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The 2014 MTV VMAs performance that stole the show, however, was Beyoncé's. The songstress has been commended for her performance, which fans have said promoted feminism through popular culture.

Beyoncé chose to entertain in front of a giant neon "feminist" sign while on stage for her 15-minute performance. She also used a sample from novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED speech titled, "We Should All Be Feminists" during her song "Flawless."

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