Taylor Swift isn’t usually the sort of artist that gets involved in confrontations with other pop stars. However in a new interview with Time magazine, the “Shake It Off” singer made some rather barbed comments that seemed to not just be directed to one other pop-star, but appeared to criticize Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus all at the same time.
Swift, who recently released her latest album, 1989,, declared during her discussion with the publication that she doesn’t have any female role models in the music industry. This is because most of her peers use sex to sell themselves. She then went on to note that she doesn’t want to look back at her career and be embarrassed about what she dressed like.
“I’m sure there will be things that my grandkids make fun of me for no matter what, but I’d really rather it be, ‘Look how awkward your dancing was in the ‘Shake It Off’ video! You look so weird, Grandma!’ Rather than, ‘Grandma, is that your nipple?'”
It’s no secret that Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga have each appeared scantily clad in their videos and on-stage. And Taylor Swift believes that she is unlike them, and in fact, she believes that she has taken a unique path to get to where she is.
“We’re taught to find examples for the way we want our lives to wind up. But I can’t find anyone, really, who’s had the same career trajectory as mine.”
Taylor Swift also stated that she feels sorry for pretty much every woman in the music industry. This is because they are constantly scrutinized. Especially when it comes to their age and how their looks are changing.
“I just struggle to find a woman in music who hasn’t been completely picked apart by the media, or scrutinized and criticized for aging, or criticized for fighting aging—it just seems to be much more difficult to be a woman in music and to grow older.”
But if she doesn’t socialize with pop stars, who does Taylor Swift spend time with when she’s not recording or playing music? In turns out that she that she only spends time with “smart, beautiful, passionate, driven, ambitious women” who she looks up to.
“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.”
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