Taylor Swift. Some see her as the amalgamation of bubblegum pop and teenyboppers galore but as the teens grow up their love for Taylor Swift seems to increase, instead of it just becoming a phase. Perhaps it is a sense of loyalty, I still love Britney Spears even through all she has done, I still remember how mesmorising I found her when I was nine and the ‘Baby, One More Time’ was the first CD that I bought. But there is something different about Taylor Swift that makes her so enchanting that even got a 22-year-old adult like myself to rush to the store to buy her CD, I cannot explain why others adore her but these are my reasons:
- She is honest – just listen to one of her songs, she sugarcoats nothing. She tells you exactly how terrifying, glorifying, painful and great young love is. We are all human, we fall for jerks, we want to tell the guys we like that their girlfriend is just wrong for them, we think our teen loves are the Romeo to our Juliet. It may not be Titantic loves but when you are a teenager this is what keeps you awake at night, this is what populates the pages of your diary, this is the reason that you spend hours on the phone with your friends. Writing songs about what honestly happens in the lives of teenagers is what makes teens flock to her, she knows what they are going through because she has gone through it herself and isn’t just brushing it off as something insignificant as adults usually do.
- Celebrities can have broken hearts too – Celebrities have become a kind of superhuman entity, they are amazingly beautiful, have large amounts of influence and they get to date the most crushworthy guys and girls. Taylor Swift’s list of conquests are hot enough to brag from rooftops – Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal but these relationships weren’t perfect and she did not pretend that they were (like come on Jennifer Aniston just tell us all what an ass Brad Pitt was for cheating on you). It makes me sleep better at night knowing that even girls that look like Taylor Swift can get broken up with on a 5-min phone call (cough cough Joe Jonas) or can get played (cough cough John Mayer).
- She wears shiny dresses – when I was younger I idolised those that wore shiny dresses even though my mother said they were tacky and impractical. To me, shiny dresses were for princesses – the highest kind, of Cinderella calibre. I was convinced that when the day arrived for me to wear a formal dress, such as my Matric Dance or my 21st I would wear a poofy shinny dress, but when those days did come I opted for the less dramatic sleek solid coloured dresses (although my long purple dress that I wore to my 21st was inspired by a dress T. Swift wears in the sleeve of the cover of her Fearless CD). I like the fact that Taylor Swift doesn’t go the safe route and wears the shinny glamorous gowns we all wish we had the guts to wear.
- She gives great advice – in 2010 when I bought my copy of Fearless I read the inside of the cover sleeve and her dedication is what encouraged me to go for my dreams that year, she wrote:
“To me, fearless is not the absence of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. To me, fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death. Fearless is falling madly in love again, even though you’ve been hurt before. Fearless is walking into your freshmen year of high school at fifteen. Fearless is getting back up and fighting for what you want over and over again…even though every time you’ve tried before, you’ve lost. It’s fearless to have faith that someday things will change. Fearless is having the courage to say goodbye to someone who only hurts you, even if you can’t breathe without them. I think it’s fearless to fall for your best friend, even though he’s in love with someone else. And when someone apologizes to you enough times for things they’ll never stop doing, I think it’s fearless to stop believing them. It’s fearless to say ‘you’re not sorry’ and walk away. I think loving someone despite what people think is fearless. I think allowing yourself to cry on the bathroom floor is fearless. Letting go is fearless. Then, moving on and being alright…that fearless too. But no matter what love throws at you, you have to believe in it. You have to believe in love stories and prince charmings and happily ever after. That’s why I write these songs. Because I think love is fearless.”
To sum up what has probably been my longest blog post ever – Taylor Swift is a different kind of star, she is like your best friend that just happens to sing awesome songs too. I sometimes wonder if she didn’t steal my high school diaries and created them into Grammy-winning songs…