This is the year of Taylor Swift. America loves her. Not just 14 year-old girls twittering about New Moon. What is so universally likeable about this 5’11” Pennsylvania native? She’s truly different. She’s herself. And she’s kinda dorky.
She’s normal. Down to Earth. And most importantly, genuinely humble. And for a mega-celebrity, that makes her stick out. In a very good way.
I have so much respect for Taylor Swift. Not because of her clever songs which she writes herself (which is extremely rare in Country music) or her superstar status. But instead, her extreme maturity for her young age. And her sincerity.
And while much of old school Nashville sourly balks at her success, there is a reason she has made it this far at age 19. She has the ability to connect with other people. No matter how well a song is written or performed, it’s the feeling that a listener can relate to the artist and/or the song that causes popularity.
Her character was epitomized during that pivotal Kanye West moment. She didn’t defend herself. She didn’t get angry. She didn’t cry. She didn’t run off stage. She just stood there.
And while she has allowed the media around her to poke fun at Kanye’s actions in her presence (SNL and the CMA Awards, in particular) she hasn’t bitterly belittled Kanye West via television or Internet.
That’s not what we are used to seeing. That’s different. That’s unique. That’s class. She set her self apart from everything artificial we could assume about someone in the entertainment industry.
Last night I tuned in to watch The Office but instead of that being on, NBC had a special about the most intriguing people of 2009. They saved Taylor Swift to the very end. In her interview she explained that she has always been herself and how important that is to her.
She’s right. That’s a lot of why so many people are drawn to her. (She sold on Madison Square Gardens in literally one minute.) She’s real.
Taylor Swift doesn’t have to sell her music by dancing in skimpy shorts while pretending an ice cream stand is a dance pole at a strip club. Or kiss Madonna at an awards show. Or try to be edgy in any way. She doesn’t have to try to be anything. She just is. Herself.
She’s just Taylor Swift. And despite her outward appearance and her talent, she has a dorky side that shows through. That vulnerability and humbleness intrigues people.
Authenticity is hard to come by.
Bonus: Does Taylor Swift have a heart tattoo on her foot?
The answer is no. It’s not real. She explains in this interview that is was drawn on to entertain the idea of getting a real one.