Taylor Swift definitely lives in a world of her own these days when it comes to her wildly successful career.
The “1989” hitmaker is featured on the cover of TIME magazine this week and told the publication that she struggles to find a female role model in the music industry to look up to.
“We’re taught to find examples for the way we want our lives to wind up.
But I can’t find anyone, really, who’s had the same career trajectory as mine,” said the 24-year-old pop star.
Swift acknowledged that it is difficult for women in the public eye to mature naturally while constantly examined by the media. “I just struggle to find a woman in music who hasn’t been completely picked apart by the media, or scrutinized and criticized for aging, or criticized for fighting aging-it just seems to be much more difficult to be a woman in music and to grow older.
I just really hope that I will choose to do it as gracefully as possible,” added Swift.
“I’m sure there will be things that my grandkids make fun of me for no matter what, but I’d really rather it be, “Look how awkward your dancing was in the Shake It Off video! You look so weird, Grandma!” rather than “Grandma, is that your nipple?”‘ continued Swift.
The “Shake It Up” songstress did reveal, however, that she has female role models in other industries outside of music. “I do have female role models in the sense of actresses like Mariska Hargitay,” said Swift.
“I think she has a beautiful life, and an incredible career, and I think she’s built that for herself.
She’s one of the highest paid actresses-actors in general, women or men-on television, and she’s been playing this very strong female character for, what, 15 years now, something like that.
And Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa.
I really love her business, and how she sticks to who she is, and how people relate to it.” Swift has no problem being viewed as a role model herself, however.
In fact, the record breaker embraces that title.
“I don’t find a struggle with that balance, being looked at as a role model, because I think it’s a very obvious and natural thing for people to see you as, when you’re a singer,” she told the mag.
“I’ve always felt very comfortable with it, for some reason.”