I’m not usually one to hop on the Man Crush Monday or Woman Crush Wednesday campaign. I usually want to vom when I hop on instagram and see couples doting over each other with long love notes written publicly for everyone they know to read and sneer over. Let’s be honest though, I’m cynical so my icy cold heart is mainly based out of jealousy…I can’t post a #MCM about the pizza delivery man can I?
In honor of 1989 (which I presume we are well aware is 19 days away!!!) I thought I would share my longest standing Woman Crush (besides Nicole, obviously) along with 13 reasons why I’m head over heels in love with Taylor Swift.
1.As quoted in her issue of Rolling Stone, the singer has been focused on her core group of girlfriends as opposed to dating. I think a lot of twenty-somethings can relate to the period in life that you need to take a dating breather and instead just focus on yourself. It’s refreshing that the starlet (who could literally have ANY guy she wants) understands that sometimes bros come before hoes (and in this case her girlfriends are the bros, get it?)
2.Taylor is freakishly sweet to her fans. She bakes them cookies, she casts them in her “Shake it off” music video and most importantly she surprises them by showing up at their bridal showers, baking them homemade treats and painting them perfect love lyric themed art (I actually cried watching the video #pathetic). Moral of the story: Always send an invitation to Taylor Swift.
3. Nothing is more annoying than a star who refuses to laugh at themselves. Taylor basically won the internet when she created a shirt mocking the Tumblr references to her as “Becky” the girl who overdosed on marijuana. Raise your hand if you want Taylor as your bestie? I do!
4. I’ve always loved Taylor but recently she has become a true style icon. As a crop top crazed wannabe fashionista I can get on board with Taylor’s new more sophisticated style. Taylor has ditched the “fresh from Prom” look and has adopted a stylish city girl chic persona.
5. Apparently Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham dress as women on the Oregon trail in their free time. I don’t know what you do with your friends… but my friends and I like to engage in some equally as weird (and super silly) activities. Knowing that despite the fame and money, Taylor gains joy from just letting her freak flag fly…I like her even more.
6.I’ve always admired Taylor for writing so much of her own music but the past year or so I have grown to love her more for it. I find such a release in writing, knowing so many of Taylor’s lyrics come straight from her heart makes her music feel vulnerable and authentic (the two qualities I value the most in writing).
7. Over the past couple of years Taylor’s music has shifted from country to country-pop to full fledged pop star pop. Taylor has received a lot of flack about her new pop persona, however I applaud her for embracing change. Swift entered stardom at age 15, and at age 24 (almost 25) she wants to head a different direction. It’s ridiculous to assume that at such a quintessential developmental period Taylor wouldn’t evolve. I am not the same person I was yesterday, let alone the same person I was in 9th grade!
8.Not to obsess over something weird but I’m about to obsess over something weird. You know that super cute, fun, sparkly hair accessory company I am oh-so-crazy about…well it turns out Taylor is too, and she can seriously rock a Ban.do.
9. As someone who writes about a lot of topics I often feel “afraid” to write about (boys, feminism, emotional abuse, etc) I really respect anyone who can take risks when writing. Taylor is vulnerable and authentic (as mentioned previously) and isn’t afraid to call out her exes, enemies or anyone else! I love that her lyrics are so raw and real; I find writing and risk taking an invigorating combination.
`10. Taylor Swift is powerful but at the same time she’s still sensitive. Based off of so many interviews (particularly this one with Glamour) you can tell that certain comments still hurt her. As someone who has often felt guilty about my own sensitivity I find it inspiring that Taylor is able to use her own “thin skin” to her advantage. I don’t want to lose my sensitivity even if it hurts me at times, instead I want to channel my sensitivity and use these emotions as strength!
11.Have you checked out Taylor’s instagram…her baking is on par. How much fun would it be to bake cookies with Taylor Swift? I’m picturing matching aprons, a dance party and the most perfect heart shaped cookies delivered straight to the doors of all our besties.
12. Tay Tay has a big heart as demonstrated time and time again but she’s also sassy (as she should be). When you have the accolades Taylor does, you can afford to roll your eyes and sass the press a bit…I don’t have a single Grammy and I find myself wearing sassy pants on the daily.
13.Most importantly Taylor is a feminist, like so many women for a long time Taylor didn’t fully understand what feminism meant. Feminism sometimes carries a negative connotation, young women are afraid to call themselves feminists because they think it means “hating men”, abandoning bras and buzzing off their hair. Taylor embraces feminism and femininity which is important to me. Equality means the right to choose how you want to dress, where you want to work, who you want to date and if you want to have a family or not! I think Taylor’s lyrics relate to a lot of women and help a lot of women through difficult times, if this sort of inspiration isn’t empowering I don’t know what is!
Who is your woman crush? Taylor Swift tops my list but Carrie Bradshaw (though fictional) is probably a close second!
P.S. Feel free to laugh at my embarrassing Twitter faux pas, I started watching Scandal the other night because I was convinced Taylor Swift’s cat, Olivia Benson, was named after the main character. Turns out I can’t keep my “Olivias” straight because apparently Olivia Benson and Olivia Pope are NOT the same person…who knew? Don’t tell Taylor, she’ll never want to be my BFF after that!