Taylor Swift has started to come into her own and find her voice. For many years, Taylor stayed silent about political and social issues but now the 30-year-old has decided her time has finally come to share all. She endorsed the Equality Act and has been more outspoken for LGBTQ+ rights.
Now, Taylor has come out to speak on the impossible body and beauty standards that are placed on women in the entertainment industry in a new exclusive interview with Variety.
In the interview with Variety, Swift talked about how in her new documentary Miss Americana she talks about her struggles with body standards in the industry. She even reveals that for a while she struggled with an eating disorder because of all of the attention that was placed on her body by news stories published about her. Some of them would ask if Taylor was pregnant or if she was too skinny. Many of these stories still happen to this day,
“If you’re thin enough, then you don’t have that ass that everybody wants. But if you have enough weight on you to have an ass, your stomach isn’t flat enough. It’s all just f*cking impossible,” Swift shared in the documentary. She also talked about how these standards can send people into a hateful spiral of self-loathing and depression. Luckily, Taylor Swift is in a better place with her body now and gets a lot of inspiration from other women in the public eye.
One of Taylor Swift’s inspirations is Jameela Jamil.
“I love people like Jameela Jamil, because she says things in a really articulate way. The way she speaks about body image, it’s almost like she speaks in a hook. If you read her quotes about women and body image and aging and the way that women are treated in our industry and portrayed in the media, I swear the way she speaks is like lyrics, and it gets stuck in my head and it calms me down. Because women are held to such a ridiculous standard of beauty. We’re seeing so much on social media that makes us feel like we are less than, or we’re not what we should be, that you kind of need a mantra to repeat in your head when you start to have harmful or unhealthy thoughts. So she’s one of the people who, when I read what she says, it sticks with me and it helps me,” Swift shared with Variety.
Hopefully more women (and men) in the industry will be able to get to a place of comfort with their bodies and the media will be able to stop pushing harmful standards on them that create distress. Until then, it’s good that Taylor Swift is in a better place with her body and no longer heavily suffers. Maybe her story will be able to help other women who are either already established or are just coming up in the public eye.