everybody else is doing it… so, can we just stop for a minute and talk about Taylor Swift?…

She’s everybody’s favorite, current “it-girl.” She’s the one adults the world over loved to hate. For a long time, she had that cutesy, curly haired, sweet look.

And now… Now, she’s the young woman celebrities and civilians alike hate to love.

I’m sorry that I’m not sorry, but I have completely fallen in love with T. Swift.

I hear “Welcome to New York” and “Style” ringing in my head as I walk to the bus. When I’m checking homework in class. As I’m moving things around my apartment in a playful attempt to clean and organize. T. Swift has totally overtaken my brain and 1989 has become the soundtrack of my life this week.

I’m totally obsessed. I freaking love her.

Let’s first talk about how genuinely kind she appears to be.

Leading up to the release of her most recent album, 1989, she hosted “listening parties” in her home for some of her “biggest fans.” She let them listen to the entire album ahead of the rest of us and baked them cookies and stuff. Cookies. T. Swift baked cookies.

She leaves comments on her fan’s blogs, Twitter pages, and Instagram accounts. She sends handwritten notes. She stops and takes impromptu photos with fans while she’s running in the park. That’s pretty sweet of her.

And then I read today that she sent a personalized care package to a fan whose blog she follows… The fan wrote she was experiencing a rough time, and T. Swift’s “people” (because they all have “people,” you know) got in touch with the fan, asking for an address. Ms. Swift then sent her a few gifts for her new home, along with a handwritten note. Most of us are lucky to get any kind of handwritten note… And Taylor Swift is writing them for people she doesn’t even know. (And sending them adorable, thoughtful gifts.)

(Apparently? She also bought one of those adorable mini BMW cars for a fan’s two-year-old son. How adorable is that?!)

Now let’s talk about how she’s found her voice amongst all the crap that the media has enjoyed throwing at her.

You may have read that just a couple of weeks ago, T. Swift pulled all her music from Spotify, a free online streaming service. She had a number of supporters and criticizers. Now I’m not here to choose a side one way or the other, but I will totally support her  for standing up and sticking to her guns. She’s received some harsh criticism from “haters,” and she’s disappointed a lot of fans (I suppose), but she’s not backing down.

“Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.”

T. Swift has become a surprising feminism supporter. We all know she was adamantly not a self-professed feminist for years. And then she realized (like the rest of us who were in the uninformed, or wrongly-informed, camps) what it actually means to be a feminist.

“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. What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And now, I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means. For so long it’s been made to seem like something where you’d picket against the opposite sex, whereas it’s not about that at all. Becoming friends with Lena [Dunham] – 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.”

She’s an all-around badass. Instead of being intimidated by the success of other women, she said one of the most profound things that we all, as women, should understand in her recent interview with Time Magazine:

“I refuse to buy into these comparisons, because you don’t see it happening to men. All you seem to see is “Which New Mother Is Sexier?” “Who’s the Hotter Mama?” “Who’s Got The Better Booty?” If we continue to show young girls that they are being compared to other girls, we’re doing ourselves a huge disservice as a society. I surround myself with smart, beautiful, passionate, driven, ambitious women. Other women who are killing it should motivate you, thrill you, challenge you and inspire you rather than threaten you and make you feel like you’re immediately being compared to them. The only thing I compare myself to is me, two years ago, or me one year ago. How does 1989 measure up to Red, sales-wise? You just try to lead by example, and you hope, someday, that if we talk about feminism enough, maybe we’ll start to actually see it make a difference in the way young girls perceive themselves and each other.” (emphasis mine)

And then, there’s her song lyrics. Have you listened to 1989?

“When we first dropped our bags on apartment floors

Took our broken hearts, put them in a drawer

Everybody here was someone else before

And you can want who you want

Boys and boys and girls and girls”

-Welcome to New York, 1989

I used to think of Taylor Swift as a probable, non-forward thinker. I thought of her as a sweet, but probably annoying little girl who crooned country tunes and had a song here or there that I liked. I used to think of her as uninspiring. And then she turned out to be this beautiful, smart, seemingly genuine young woman. And I honestly, genuinely, really want to be her friend. She puts all the other celebs to shame because she seems so normal. She seems real. She has actual, human-like qualities and reminds us that she’s still a girl from Pennsylvania who likes baking pumpkin cookies in the fall and hanging out at home with friends. She likes cats (which is totally “eww” to me, but to each their own).

She’ll never stumble over this post and she’ll never reach out to me (because I’m not that lucky when it comes to life awesomeness), but I want to take this opportunity to write directly to her:

Dear Taylor,

Don’t stop doing what you’re doing. Thank you for being real and helping young women and girls understand that they have a voice. Thanks for being yourself. Thanks for humanizing fame. Thanks for motivating us. I hope I turn out like you when I grow up, too (even though I’m a couple of years older… You know. Whatever.).

T. Swift, you’re an all-around badass. Own it. And keep marching to that beat because the rest of us are starting to follow. We needed another drummer and we found her in you.

So thanks, T. Swift. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being you.

Love,

-K

*This post was updated in response to WordPress’s Daily Post: Cue the Violins. 

2 Comments

  1. Topaz says:

    I love everything you said in this post. :D I’ve been a fan of Taylor for awhile now, and I’m so happy that she’s beginning to blossom and that people are seeing what an incredible person she is. :)

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