I was thinking about this recently and just found an article on the subject. There is 30 odd quotes from 'A-listers' some more explicit than others. It's a small snapshot of a much wider repetition and recognition recently in what has been termed girl crushes.
This is Jessica Biel quoted, i think it begins to describe some of the concepts.
But here's the thing with girl crushes: it's more of a respect thing. It's like, you're beautiful, you're cool, you look and seem like somebody I would want to hang out with and your career is awesome."
I would also add, it could be all these things and more but also as someone you look up-to and aspire to be like, not just to be around. Then there are the other physical and emotional thoughts that get mentioned, this is where the two merge and the crush becomes closer to the original intent of the word. Is this a convenient way to mix up the platonic feelings with deeper ones and then project this as natural. Which is it imo, yet it still fits into the convenient patterns of supposed moral decay, which i worry about to a large extent. Yet tempered by the fact people deserve to express their true feelings, and i don't see anything wrong with what they are saying. I'm only mentioning this in an observational mode not a judgmental one. This is seemingly another apparent trend, and not a very surprising one, yet it's quite a regular one intertwined with a completely different kind and sold under the same name. Anybody else find this strange? Is this a useful cover to soften the blow of more overt and regular promotion of girl love, girlfriend, girl crush.