More than most other pop stars, Taylor Swift’s career seems like a carefully calculated PR dance. Even when she’s being “real,” it feels slightly fake. However, Taylor’s Netflix documentary reveals a lot about the pop star in her most vulnerable moments. Here’s what we learned from watching “Miss Americana.”
Taylor admitted that she has felt a huge amount of pressure to maintain a squeaky clean image throughout her career. She thinks a lot about how people–especially her young fans–see her. Taylor comes across as someone who cares deeply about her public image, both in the way it affects her and how it impacts other people.
Although she tried to stay out of politics, Taylor eventually decided that she needed to use her massive platform to do good in the world if possible.
“I couldn’t really stop thinking about it. And I just thought to myself, next time there’s any opportunity to change anything, you had better know what you stand for and what you want to say,” she said.
We all remember when Kanye West stormed the stage to insist that Beyonce should have won Best Female Video for “Single Ladies” instead of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me.” For the first time, Taylor revealed that she thought the crowd was booing her in that moment: “For someone who’s built their whole belief system on getting people to clap for you, the whole crowd booing is a pretty formative experience.”
Taylor opens up about her future family plans in “Miss Americana.” Although the 29-year-old pop star has been in a steady relationship with British actor Joe Alwyn for years, she’s in no hurry to start a family. In fact, she has no plans to have children anytime soon.
The biggest bombshell from “Miss Americana” is Taylor’s confession that she used to suffer from an eating disorder. She says that the paparazzi photos didn’t help, nor did the pressure to be perfect and fit into sample size couture. Taylor says that she would starve herself during this dark period in her life, to the point that she almost passed out while performing.