Taylor Swift is a lot more fun since she’s stopped trying to please everyone.
Earlier this year, she was all sunshine and fairy floss. She didn’t believe that sexism existed, she wore her broken heart on her sleeve, and she was generally described as ‘annoying’ or ‘boring’.
Now, she’s not just the highest selling pop star on the planet. She’s found a way to be authentic in an industry of fakers. She strongly identifies as a feminist (we credit Lena Dunham’s friendship for that), she acknowledges her haters, she hits back at her critics, and she writes genuinely interesting, sometimes jaded lyrics.
Self-awareness suits Taylor Swift. She knows she’s not going to please everyone all the time, so she just goes about her business being Taylor Swift. The 24-year-old crazy cat lady who named her cat after a fictional detective. The tall girl who can’t really dance but god that’s not going to stop her from doing it. The sweet star who finds ways to pay back her young fans for their loyalty.
Love her or not, this girl is the closest damn thing we got to real in the pop industry. We don’t throw around the term ‘role model’ lightly, but Taylor Swift seems to be one of the few stars on the planet parents actually want their kids to worship. Compared to the ubiquitous nudity of her peers, T-Swift is practically modest. It’s no surprise she’s best friends with Lorde; they’re both trying to live and breathe that old BE TRUE TO YOURSELF maxim.
In the past 24 hours, since Taylor Swift released her new album 1989, something has become clear: You either love Taylor Swift, or you’re about to. Just go through these 19 times the world fell in love with Taylor Swift, and see if you can make it through it without wanting to know more.