Admittedly, I didn't used to like Taylor Swift. Like Justin Bieber, I thought she was overconfident for her years and some would argue that this meant she fitted into the 'annoying little American' stereotype. I also didn't take too much to her country music, being an indie rock girl at heart.
However, as Taylor became increasingly popular with the music industry, building a solid fan base and winning award after award, I worried that I had judged her too quickly. She has won several awards for her musical talent including six Grammy Awards, eleven American Music Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards, six Academy of Country Music Awards and thirteen BMI Awards. In addition to these, as a songwriter, she has been honoured by the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
I thought it was about time that I actually sat down and listened to her music and gave the girl a chance! I was curious to see whether she lived up to the hype. I came to realise that, upon the release of her fourth studio album 'Red', she seems to have matured; this is conveyed through a series of songs where she talks about love and loss. As someone who has taken the time out to listen to the whole album a handful of times, it sounds like she's really lived even though she's only 23 years old. With this wisdom, and extended knowledge of the world, has also come humbleness.
I surprised myself and found that I could really relate to her and the experiences that she has gone through, for I am almost the same age as her. The title track is just sheer gold for any girl who has fallen in love and been stuck in a dead-end relationship.
I also really like her current single, 'I Knew You Were Trouble', which features her new ombre hair that goes from blonde to pink (read my feature on ombre hair here)!
I should probably mention that, as well as being respected in the music industry, she has become somewhat of a fashion icon. I recently had to write an article for IDEAL on how to get her look (read this article here).
Research showed that her usual style is quite feminine and preppy. But in the 'I Knew You Were Trouble' video she is sporting more of a punk rock look through her new ombre hair, a ripped tee, skinny grey jeans and black leather boots. I think it suits her (see the video here)!
I reckon she will take the fashion industry by storm. We are going to see big things from Taylor Swift! Mark my words.
(Check out my other articles that have been recently published on IDEAL:
1. How to: Winter Tan.
2. Top Ten Suitcases.
3. Christmas Weekend Jumpers.
4. Zara and Levi's Ban Toxic Fashion.
Let me know what you think! Katie-xo)