I'll be the first to say it, I never really liked Taylor Swift. Yes, she's a talented young lady. Yes, I think it's rad that she has won so many awards and produced so many hits. There was just always something about her that got under my skin, and I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Kind of like how I can't describe why I don't really like Anne Hathaway either (can you see the similarity there?)
I never exactly hated TSwift. I suppose I just tolerated her, but every once in a while when I saw her in a big poofy dress singing about how she needed a man to save her (Love Story, etc.) I just had a major eyeroll. Homegirl is a few years older than me, but seemed to always be a whiney 14 year old girl that was thirsty over at least one Jonas Brother.
Then Taylor's new album came out, and I tried to give her one more chance. She'd recently declared herself a feminist (good choice, Taylor!) and seemed to come into her own style. I flipped through some of the tracks kind of like Grace Helbig did in her 1989 Review Video. I didn't dislike it either.
I started to have an existential crisis. Did I actually like Taylor Swift? Me? Was that even possible?!
I saw the video for Shake it Off and thought it was cute, but it didn't sway me. Then her Blank Space video came out. I lost my mind. It was like Gatsby all over again. It was a parody of her previous self. She was glam and strong and just everything. A little crazy too, which always adds points in my book. She really threw herself into the performance.
Homegirl knows how to dress too. I'm really starting to need some Swiftamine.