In a new interview with ‘Time’ magazine, Taylor said she has no female role models in the music industry, and she partly blames that on the fact that singers, like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus feel the need to sell themselves as sex objects.
Taylor Swift, 24, is one of the most wholesome pop stars out there, and her choice to not sell herself as a sex object seems to be working for her because her new album, 1989, sold over a million copies in its first week of release. However, the “Blank Space” singer is traveling that straight and narrow path alone, as Taylor acknowledges and criticizes the overtly sexual nature of her pop peers in a new interview with Time magazine.
Taylor Swift’s ‘Time’ Magazine Interview — She Disses Rihanna & Miley Cyrus
When discussing her reluctance to sell herself as a sex object in her performances and music videos, Taylor seemed to be taking aim at some of her peers, like Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus.
“I’m sure there will be things that my grandkids make fun of me for no matter what, but I’d really rather it be, ‘Look how awkward your dancing was in the ‘Shake It Off’ video! You look so weird, Grandma!’ rather than ‘Grandma, is that your nipple?'” Taylor said.
When talking about having female role models, Taylor said, “We’re taught to find examples for the way we want our lives to wind up. But I can’t find anyone, really, who’s had the same career trajectory as mine.”
So who does Taylor admire? Law & Order: SVU actress Mariska Hargitay.
“She’s one of the highest paid actresses actors in general, women or men on television, and she’s been playing this very strong female character for, what, 15 years now?,” she said. (Side note: Taylor named her cat after Mariska’s character, Olivia Benson.)
Taylor Swift: I Try To Surround Myself With ‘Ambitious’ Women
Taylor also talked about what types of women she looks up to.
“I surround myself with smart, beautiful, passionate, driven, ambitious women. Other women who are killing it should motivate you, thrill you, challenge you and inspire you rather than threaten you and make you feel like you’re immediately being compared to them,” she added.
Unfortunately, women today feel an immense amount of pressure to fight aging, and Taylor also discussed that during her interview.
“I just struggle to find a woman in music who hasn’t been completely picked apart by the media, or scrutinized and criticized for aging, or criticized for fighting aging—it just seems to be much more difficult to be a woman in music and to grow older,” she said.
We have to agree with Taylor. There are a lot of pressures for women to sexualize themselves and to try and fight aging in extreme ways. We think it’s great that she’s speaking out about this, but on the other hand, she shouldn’t be knocking down her peers, who are living life the way they see to be fit.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you agree with Taylor Swift? Are there no good female role models out there? Tell us how you feel!
— Chris Rogers