For the last 14 years, the world has seen country-singer turned pop-star, Taylor Swift, shine in the limelight. The singer had her big break in 2006 with the release of her immediate-hit album—Taylor Swift—and her career went soaring.
We can’t forget that infamous 2009 Kanye moment though. After being humiliated on live television, Swift seemingly became America’s sweetheart.
The now 30-year-old Swift is telling her story beginning to end in the new Netflix documentary, Miss Americana.
Emmy-winning director, Lana Wilson, premiered this Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival.
After spending over a decade in the spotlight, Swift has been the subject of tabloid abuse—most notably in her dating life—regardless of her reputation of being fairly private.
However, the new doc explores Taylor’s life full circle—the good, the bad and the ugly.
For the very first time ever, Swift opens up about her private battle with an eating disorder.
Taylor says that media and ruthless paparazzi have been major triggers throughout her struggle. She explains how fame and pressure skewed her own body image.
“I remember how, when I was 18, that was the first time I was on the cover of a magazine,” she says. “And the headline was like ‘Pregnant at 18?’ And it was because I had worn something that made my lower stomach look not flat. So I just registered that as a punishment. And then I’d walk into a photo-shoot and be in the dressing room and somebody who worked at a magazine would say, ‘Oh, wow, this is so amazing that you can fit into the sample sizes.” she continues, “Usually we have to make alterations to the dresses, but we can take them right off the runway and put them on you!’ … And I looked at that as a pat on the head. You register that enough times, and you just start to accommodate everything towards praise and punishment, including your own body.”
The film features then-and-now photos of Swift from an unhealthy time in her life to her 2018 tour in an attempt to show the reality of what she was going through.
“I thought that I was supposed to feel like I was going to pass out at the end of a show, or in the middle of it,” she recalls. “Now I realize, no, if you eat food, have energy, get stronger, you can do all these shows…”
In the progressive 2020, we’re supporting body positivity now more than ever. Seeing stars like Taylor tell their hard truths, it inspires others to do so as well. Let’s normalize normal bodies for good. Kudos, Taylor!
Lastly, what are your thoughts on T-Swift? Are you a fan, or not so much?
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