Taylor Swift is a rare gem in Hollywood. She hasn’t had a DUI, there aren’t any photographs of her stumbling out of a club drunk, and she’s never even been to rehab. If you didn’t know better, you’d have no idea Taylor Swift was even a celebrity.
The 21 year-old has a firm opinion on what it means to be a role model, and during the Billboard Women of the Year Awards on Friday, she explained her view to Katie Couric.
“If you're a singer and on TV and in the living room of some 12-year-old girl, she's watching what you're wearing and saying and doing,” Swift explained. “For me, when Faith Hill performed on an awards show, everything mattered -- everything she said, did, wore, I tried to copy it. That's what little girls do, so there is a big responsibility and I take it very seriously."
I’m floored that a celebrity is saying these words. Taylor, are you sure you don’t mean: “Partying and going to clubs and snorting coke off toilet seats is just what people my age do”? Because that seems to be what most stars your age have to say about it.
Taylor added that she’s “not repressing this burning desire to be drunk right now” and simply “doesn’t feel like getting any tattoos.”
You sure? Not even a little Marilyn Monroe one on your arm? Or those barcode ones on the back of your neck that make people think you’re trying to make some badass social commentary or something?
Swift, who has managed to remain admirably grounded and level-headed amid her massive fame, puts it plainly: “the reality is, what you wear matters.”
She then discusses the role models she had as a young girl:
"I have a lot of role models. Faith Hill is a big role model. Reese Witherspoon is a role model of mine - she's not in music, but I love everything she stands for. Shawn Colvin is a huge role model for me. Her writing has been consistently great and thoughtful..."
Named Billboard magazine’s Woman of the Year, Swift graces their December cover, and says in the mag:
“I’ve just tried to grow up in the most natural and gradual process that I possibly can and make choices I feel are right for me and my fans. Whether I’m a woman now, or whatever, is up to my fans to decide, not for me. I really haven’t felt the need to make some bold statement of maturity or make the ‘dark’ record yet.”