We’ve all seen Mean Girls and as entertaining of a movie it was, we can all pretty much agree that Regina George was a pretty terrible person. For anyone that hasn’t seen it, we would consider taking a sick day and watching it on Netflix. Behind all the melodrama in Mean Girls, there were some solid lessons that could be learned from Regina George.
It’s easy to feel victimized by someone like Regina George, even just watching the movie. We wonder how it’s possible to be that supremely confident as Regina is that she just genuinely doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her. It makes us wonder what we could possibly learn from someone who uses revenge as a fallback to anything that goes wrong in her life, but we were surprised to learn a lot of things from Regina George. This is our take on the Queen Bee herself and what can be learned from a person like her. Check out these 15 life lessons we learned from Regina George every girl should listen to (+ 5 we shouldn’t).
20 Do What You Please
When Cady approaches Regina in school and says, “Why didn’t you call me back?” Regina responded with, “Why are you so obsessed with me?” It’s one of the best scenes in the movie and it has gone down in meme history. We’ve probably all gotten flak by someone in our lives who don’t respond to is right away, unless of course, you are one of the oddballs who responds to all messages right away. The older we get, the more we realize that as adults we are all really busy and it’s worse if you have kids. So, it’s okay to not text someone back right away.
19 If You Are Confident In Your Style, Others Will Follow
When Cady cut holes in Regina’s shirt, we were all sure that Regina would have a meltdown. She always looked perfect that we thought that she wouldn’t be able to handle the situation. But she proved us wrong. Her supreme confidence got her through the situation. Not only was she not fazed by the situation but she created a new fashion trend because everyone wanted to be like her. It just goes to show that you should be confident in your own look and not worry about what others think of your style.
18 Don’t Worry About What Other People Think Of You
Cady, in the beginning, was thrilled to be part of the Mathletes but her new friends, the Plastics pointed out that it would be “social suicide.” It’s not even just the Plastics that believe that her other friends Damien and Janice agree with the statement. It’s basically the worst thing that she can do for her social status at the school. It isn’t until she needs extra credit in class that she takes an opportunity from Mrs. Norbury to be back on the team. You should never worry so much about what people think of you to the point that it prevents you from doing something that you love.
17 Don’t Follow: Don't Let Anger Get The Best Of You
Regina finds herself in the middle of the street as she is arguing with Cady. Just as she is about to get the last word in, she is hit by a bus. It’s abrupt, extreme and leaves us breathless. It should have killed her but as we know, she returned in a brace but not a bruise on her. The lesson we learn here is that you should always be aware of your surroundings, even in the midst of an argument. You shouldn’t walk out into the middle of the street without looking.
16 Turn A Compliment Into Networking
When Regina George compliments a classmate on her skirt, she then turns to Cady and states that it’s the ugliest skirt she had ever seen. So, you might asl yourself, why does she even bothers to compliment the skirt if she doesn’t like it in the first place? But for Regina, she’s just networking and all successful people do it. We don’t like fake compliments but in the real world, some may call that networking. Regina knows that she needs the people in the school to like her, and sending a few of those compliments in the world seals her role at the school. People don’t know whether they should love her or hate her.
15 Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover
We have seen a lot of judgment in the movie not just by Regina George, but also Mrs. Norbury and Cady. It’s like everyone in the movie just goes around with blind judgment. Everyone including the other students in the school is quick to judge when someone does something different. Judging each other will never get you further in life. It’s mean, to begin with, and it’s not likely to make you feel better anyway. It’s always best to give someone the benefit of the doubt and get to know them better.
14 If You Want It, Go After It
One thing about Regina George, when she wants something, she goes after it wholeheartedly. We certainly don’t encourage you to lie and manipulate to get what you want, but the advice is sound.
If you want something in life, whether it’s the guy you have a crush on or that new job you have been eyeing, you should go after it.
Sometimes we let this go because we don’t feel like we deserve them. Go after whatever it is you want just like Regina does.
13 Don’t Follow: Don’t Change Who You Are For A Guy
Regina George would never change who she was for a guy if anything she would expect him to change for her. Again, we wouldn’t necessarily do the things that Regina does because it’s sketchy, but the fact that she refuses to change herself for a guy is honorable. Be who you really are and don’t sacrifice that for anyone. If you be yourself, the right guy will recognize that and want to be with you. Never change yourself for someone else because it won’t work out anyway. Who needs fake relationships?
12 Being Popular Doesn’t Mean People Like You
Being popular, believe it or not, doesn’t mean that people like you. It’s just life. There’s no doubt about it, Regina was the most popular girl in school and her Plastics came second. Most of the people in school didn’t like them though. They were feared, not liked, and that’s a very different thing. Being afraid that someone is going to bully you is very different from liking them as a genuine person. There were girls that wanted to be part of the Plastics but it was more to be within the safety of a clique, rather than liking the girls within the group.
11 You Are Who You Hang With
It’s true that you are who you hang around with and that can be a good thing or a bad thing. If your best friend is Regina George, that might tell you a little bit about yourself. There is the proverb that says,
“Show me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.”
That’s a profound thing to say but it’s absolutely true. Cady came to the school full of kindness but it didn’t take her long to get a mean streak just because of the people that she hung around with. It’s important to take a look around at the people that you hang with and ask yourself if it’s the best choice.
10 When You Hit A Snag, Get Creative
When Regina George set up her Christmas concert, she didn’t expect to have to do the show without any music. Thanks to some quick thinking on Cady’s part and all of a sudden, the concert was saved. Cady starts singing to make up for the loss of the radio and even had the whole room full of people singing with her. It could have been a disaster for the Plastics, but with just a little creativity, they pulled through the situation.
9 Don’t Follow: Don’t Chase After The Crown, It’s Only Plastic
Sometimes we can get into the habit of making things seem more important than they actually are. It can be easy to place value on things that really don’t matter. Regina George was desperate to become homecoming queen to the point that she went there in a full body brace. For what? So that she could go home with a title and a plastic crown? Cady easily broke the crown and shared the honor with everyone. Be careful what you chase after and make sure it’s really worth the trouble.
8 Getting Revenge Never Works Out
You may think that revenge would feel really good but revenge rarely ever works out the way that you think it will. Regina was the queen of revenge, we saw her execute it numerous times in the movie. Regina snapped when she found out that Cady had tricked her into gaining weight by eating carb-packed protein bars. She set Cady up so that she would get blamed for the burn book. But in the end, it was her that ended up being embarrassed in front of the whole school. Revenge is never the answer.
7 Always Be A Good Friend
We learn a lot about friendship in Mean Girls and although Regina may think that she’s an awesome friend, there are times that she even talks behind the backs of the friends closest to her. The goal, as a friend, is to empower each other and to raise your friends up high. You should never make your friends feel like they are below you or talk behind their back. We learn by the end of the movie what it means to be a true friend.
6 Never Go After Your Friend’s Boyfriend
This is pretty self-explanatory or we would think it should be. Just like boys have a “boys code” the same goes for girls. If your friend has dated someone, that person should be off-limits for life. There is really no good time to start dating your friend’s ex. Most of the problems that happen to Regina usually involve a guy. It’s just best to not go near your friend’s exes because there may still be feelings there, that you aren’t even aware of. There is plenty of other fish in the sea.
5 Don’t Follow: Don’t Just Eat Anything, Know Your Food Labels
Cady got her revenge on Regina by telling her that she would lose weight by eating the high-carb protein bars. If Regina would have known anything about food and nutrients, she wouldn’t be fooled into gaining weight. It’s always a good idea to learn how to read food labels so that you know what you are eating. This will keep you at a healthy weight instead of eating unnecessary calories and also prevent you from gaining the weight that Regina did.
4 Not Everyone Is Going To Like You
If you are popular or successful, not everyone will like you and that’s just a fact of life. Even the most successful people in the world have haters and that’s something that you just have to let go of. It’s important to just focus on yourself and your life and do what makes you happy. Not everyone is going to like you and that’s okay. The haters out there usually hate you because they are jealous of you. You are never going to be able to please everyone, so in the end, don’t worry about it.
3 The Truth Always Comes Out Eventually
The problem with telling a lie or spreading gossip is usually the truth comes out eventually and it comes back to smack you in the face. In Mean Girls, Regina started talking about all her close friends behind their backs and it came out in the end. That kind of behavior is only going to ensure that you end up with no friends at all. It’s always best to be the kind of person that people admire rather than fear or loathe.
2 Apologize When You’ve Done Something Wrong
We all make mistakes and at some point, we are bound to hurt someone’s feelings even if it’s unintentional. Regina had a lot to apologize for in the movie and she could have been a better person to the people around her. You don’t have to be perfect, but if you do something wrong, then own up to it. Be the bigger person and admit when you have done something wrong. If you are genuinely sorry, your friends will forgive you.
1 Don’t Follow: Never Let A Boy Get In The Way Of Your Friendship
One particular man seemed to get in the way of Cady and Regina’s friendship and that was Aaron. Regina had already tossed him aside by the time Cady came around. Cady probably should have avoided him, but she didn’t, and then Regina wanted him back. In the end, the two girls ruined their friendship over the guy. There are so many men out there that there really is no reason to fight over one. Don’t ruin friendships over guys.
References: huffingtonpost.com, teenvogue.com, thethings.com