If the Spice Girls set the wheels in motion for the Girl Power movement of the ‘90s, Taylor Swift is doing her part to usher the same values into 2014. With a newfound focus on the females in her life rather than high profile romance that so often landed her in the headlines, Swift’s new album 1989, out later this month, takes a decidedly different direction than her 2012 album Red (penned during her first major heartbreak).
Fresh from the release of her new single, “Shake It Off”, and gearing up for her new record to drop, the 24-year-old singer sat down with FASHION Magazine to chat about her songwriting process, growing up and exploring the world in her own terms. Here’s a peek at Taylor Swift’s revelatory interview with FASHION Magazine, on newsstands October 13, 2014.
On what matters most to her:
“[When writing new record 1989,] I was in a place where I felt like love isn’t everything to me. Like living my life, having fun, having the best friends I could possibly have and being the best friend I could possibly be: that’s what’s important to me.”
On poetic justice:
“I feel like writing a song is sort of the last piece of the puzzle of solving whatever mystery I’m trying to solve emotionally. Things that kind of torture and haunt me a little bit are usually put to rest when I figure out a way to say it in a song. There’s a strange, eerie form of justice that happens when someone treats you terribly, you write a song about it, and that song ends up playing all over the world. You know at some point they’ve heard it in the grocery store, and they can’t escape.”
On being emotionally vulnerable:
“As a songwriter you have to open yourself up over and over again to pain and rejection – and doing that at the stage my career is in, the stakes are pretty high. So if you get your heart broken, you get your heart broken on the cover of magazines that are all over the world. But I think that it’s important to continue to live your life, and not be guarded or standoffish or keep people at a distance.”
On her changing values:
“When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I was just fascinated by romance. I think now the most important thing to me is the opinions of the sisterhood of friends that I have now … I think that my girlfriends have been what has shaped me more in the past year and a half than any other factor.”
To read our cover story, pick up the FASHION Magazine November 2014 issue starring Taylor Swift, available on newsstands October 13, 2014.