Oh man, I knew this was coming. Here’s the deal: Taylor Swift performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last week, donning sparkly outfits and being Taylor Swift. I thought that was a weird choice, sure – after all, when you think of Victoria’s Secret models, Taylor isn’t generally the first person that pops to mind. However, neither is fucking Fall Out Boy, and no one was giving them shit.
Anyway, apparently a VS model named Jessica Hart dissed Taylor backstage, saying that she “didn’t fit” and people got up in arms about it, as they do, and now the company’s chief marketing director (LOL) Edward Razek has had to speak up and try to clear the air on Hart’s behalf.
From US Weekly:
On Nov. 13, Hart was asked by WWD at the fashion show’s after-party whether Swift could pull off being a Victoria’s Secret model. “God bless her heart. I think she’s great,” said Hart. “But I don’t know, to me, she didn’t fit.”
Today, Razek has come forward to clarify Hart’s comments. “I have personally been in contact with Jessica Hart and she said she was ‘wildly misinterpreted’ and that she thought Taylor was ‘amazing,’” Razek tells Us. “She is stunned that anyone would think differently. And that’s something we can all agree on.”
Razek continues, “I can tell you that everyone at Victoria’s Secret was blown away by Taylor’s performance. She could not be more beautiful or talented, that we felt extremely lucky to have her, and that she is welcome back to do the show anytime she wants.”
I mean, whatever. Taylor Swift isn’t a Victoria’s Secret girl, but I don’t think she was ever trying to be. If they wanted someone more “on brand”, they should’ve hired Christina Aguilera or someone. The selection was their choice, but I guess that doesn’t mean their models have to keep their mouths shut. Also, I totally love it that a Victoria’s Secret model felt like she was in a place to be condescending – “bless her heart”? That’s some patronising bullshit. She’s lucky Taylor’s fans aren’t like GaGa’s or she’d probably be receiving death threats now.
November 17, 2013 at 8:30 am by Jennifer
Taylor Swift performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – odd choice, no? – and she seemed to really love it! She got to don sparkly outfits and look super snazzy and slap Cara Delevingne’s butt… what’s not to love?
She performed ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ for the show, which won’t broadcast on CBS until next month. Did you ever think Taylor Swift and Victoria’s Secret would mix? I didn’t, but she killed it! Fall Out Boy was there, too. I’ll leave it at that.
If you want to see lots of hot models in lingerie – Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Jourdan Dunn, Adriana Lima, etc – then you’ll have to tune in on December 10. Here’s a gallery in the meantime:
November 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm by Jennifer
Some popstars have some AWFUL fanbases. At the top of that list is most certainly Lady GaGa, but in close contention are Justin Bieber‘s, One Direction‘s and Chris Brown‘s fans, for sure. You say one thing about them you don’t like and the next thing you know, they’re bombarding you with messages about how you should kill yourself. Lovely young people, you see.
Well, Taylor Swift is feeling a little smug about that – HER fans won’t wish an untimely death or an AIDS and cancer combo on you (I’ve seen a Little Monster say this!). They’re actually pretty chill people… though to be frank, I’m sure the rednecks among them would have a few things to say to black people and gays, but at least they keep it to themselves, for the most part?
Here’s that Taylor said about it backstage at the CMAs:
“For me when I think about them, and I think about my fans as a group. I think about the little things. I think about the letters that I get from classrooms, and the YouTube videos of some little girl opening up her Christmas present and it’s tickets to my show. And I think of young girls learning lessons on guitar.”
“Sometimes I’ll sit in a position where I can watch people leave the shows and I’ll look at the shirts that they made and the signs and some people will cover themselves in Christmas lights so I can see them from the stage. I know that’s creepy but I just like to watch.”
“I just feel so proud that my fans are always nice to other fans. They don’t say hateful things. They don’t say they’re going to set people on fire or anything. They’re not sending death threats to other people.”
Well, that’s nice, if not slightly obnoxious. To be honest, some stans take shit TOO FAR. So, someone doesn’t like the artist you stan for. And? How does that affect your life, especially considering you don’t know the artist and they CERTAINLY don’t know you (unless you’re lucky enough to have a restraining order taken out against you). It’s natural to get defensive over things we like, of course – I do it myself – but at the end of the day, I could give a shit whether Joe Blogs down the street likes the same thing. I’m just gonna keep blasting my iTunes and live my life. I mean, come on.
November 8, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Did anyone watch the YouTube Awards last night? They weren’t all that widely promoted online (I don’t think so, anyway) and I wouldn’t have even known they were on if it weren’t for people talking about what a hot mess they were on Twitter. And indeed, they were DEFINITELY a hot mess. While some big stars did take part in the event, it all seemed off-kilter and not quite right. Plus, you know an event is fucking bizarre when Lady GaGa is the most normal thing about it.
Some prizes were given out, of course (it is an awards show, after all); Eminem took Artist of the Year (HOW?), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were named the YouTube Breakthroughs and Taylor Swift grabbed the YouTube Phenomenon award for ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’. All in all, it was pretty underwhelming and totally unnecessary. Plus, a large part of it was scripted by Lena Dunham, who makes me want to jump from the roof of a very tall building and also explains a lot of why it was such a bizarre night.
Check out some red carpet photos from the YouTube Awards arrivals below. Did you watch the stream? Is it just another bullshit ceremony? (Yes.)
November 4, 2013 at 6:30 am by Jennifer
Taylor Swift is branching out into acting with a role in The Giver alongside Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, which is CRAZY because who in the hell just walks into the movies with MERYL STREEP? I mean, come on! I know she did that bit part in Valentine’s Day and in New Girl, but this is serious. Luckily, Taylor has taken a lot from it and learned quite a lot from her foray into the world of the thespian.
From Access Hollywood:
“I couldn’t believe it was happening to me. I still can’t believe I shot in South Africa and shot all my scenes with Jeff Bridges. It was unreal. Seriously, I couldn’t believe I got to be a part of the experience.
And I just tried to work as hard as I could and just throw myself into that environment as much as I possibly could and it was really long hours and it was a lot of preparation and getting into character and all that. But it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Honestly.”
“I learned so much. It’s crazy how educational just getting into a situation and doing it [is]. You learn so much more, because I have taken acting classes and read as much as I possibly can on it and done theater before all this started, [but] you learn more by actually doing it than you could ever learn in preparation.”
Well, can’t argue with that. Oddly, The Giver wasn’t one of the books I ever read in school or during my leisure time (and I used to be a MASSIVE reader up to the past couple of years when I’ve got too busy to even have time to read one or two a year, let alone one or two a week). However, if Meryl is in something, I’m on board.
November 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Taylor Swift has booked a gig that may turn to be the pinnacle of her career. She’s performing an exclusive concert for one of Prince William‘s charities. It’s called The Centrepoint Winter Whites Gala will take place at Kensington Palace on November 26 and the audience will be only 200 people. Tickets start at £500 each (that’s about $800, roughly) and there are also VIP packages at a higher cost. Sweet!
The cause is a good one – it benefits homeless youth, which is always a good cause. That’ll have to be the reason for ticket sales, because I cannot imagine paying that much to see Taylor Swift.