Taylor Swift says she’s never going to feel like “writing dark songs & dancing in her bra”

Taylor Swift was on the Today show… a few days ago? Sure. So I’m a little late getting to this story, but it’s worth it because Swifty talks smack about her pop star competition! I’m over-hyping the story, of course. Swifty’s version of “talking smack” is “making a light, general comment about scantily-clad pop stars.” For the record, Swifty said “I’m never gonna have the moment where I’m like, ‘I’m a woman now, guys. I’m only gonna write dark songs and I’m gonna dance in my bra all the time.’ That’s not really me.” Swifty then coughed and pointed at this:

Here’s more from her Today interview:

It has become a right of passage for many former teen idols to shed their squeaky-clean images, making way for more “adult-like” behavior. For Taylor Swift, however, the thought of abandoning her family friendly roots in favor of a Miley or Britney style evolution is not at all appealing.

“Hopefully it becomes a natural evolution of songwriting. I’m never gonna have the moment where I’m like, ‘I’m a woman now, guys. I’m only gonna write dark songs and I’m gonna dance in my bra all the time.’ That’s not really me,” Swift told Jenna Bush Hager in a Today interview. “I hope things will gradually evolve into growing up as people naturally grow up. I find that 22 is an age where a lot of times artists feel like they need to be like, ‘I’m a woman now, guys.’ But I don’t know, I feel like it should happen naturally for me. “

Swift is on track to release her next studio album sometime this year, as she told THR back in October, “I like to take two years to make a record.” Appearing on the cover of Vogue last month, Swift said that her Speak Now follow up would be about “crash-and-burn heartbreak.”

“I think that the way you live your life has to kind of come from a place of what you want your kids and your grandkids to look back on your life and read about you or think about you and the story you want to tell,” Swift said of her public persona. “I think that has to come from a place of, ‘This is the person that I want to be.’ But on a bigger scale, in my life, who I choose to be as a person in this life really does affect other people.”

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

OMG!!!! “Crash-and-burn heartbreak”!!!!!! THE SWANS! Haunted by Gyllenhaal! Abandoned by Eddie Redmayne! It’s going to be so epic.

As for what Swifty is really talking about, growing up at her own pace, not wanting to be one of those girls who is all about sex appeal… I get it. I respect it. I like that Swifty owns that more demure image, and that young girls can listen to a pop star who isn’t all about being sexually provocative. That being said, today’s girlish is tomorrow’s annoying. Sweet can move to Michelle Williams-like annoying preciousness and the image of perpetual “virginity”. And that image – for an adult woman – bothers me too.

Thanks to Evil Beet for the tip!

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Unimpressed says:

    Well, she says that now but when her record sales start to decline and she’s no longer flavour of the month, it’ll be crotch shots and trying to be totes rock’n'roll y’all! in an effort to stay relevant.

  2. Asli says:

    No. She’ll stick to writing ‘romantic’ (really, they’re, like, so romantic) songs and dancing in princess dresses while birds sing to her in her maaaaaaagical garden of love. There will be elves and faries and butterflies that sprinkle pixie dust on you. There’ll be lots of giggling and some random dude playing the ukulele while Taylor dances around the eternal tree of glitter with her new friends. And then? Then a unicorn will pick an apple off a tree, give it to Taylor and when she eats it she’ll become the new princess and live forever and ever in Pixie Pixie Land! Yay!


  3. iloveretro says:

    Good for her. It’s a refreshing change from all the overtly slutty pop stars. You don’t need to act provocatively to have success and young girls need more examples of this.

  4. Amy says:

    She’s got some serious crazy eyes in the pictures from the Grammys…bun pulled tight isn’t helping.

  5. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Ugh. How dare we have a girly, non-promiscuous young female entertainer. Let us all throw stones.

  6. Happy21 says:

    I think she speaks from the heart and I just can’t see her going in the direction of other pop stars. She isn’t the greatest singer but she has a huge fan base, knows how to play an instrument, writes her own songs and is just an all around sweet (seeming) girl. I give her credit because I would assume it would be difficult in a world filled with sexy pop tarts trying to push the limit. If she stays true to herself I think she will be a star for years to come!

  7. maemay says:

    Good for her, the majority of stars are the opposite of Taylor. You have Talyor, Adele and that’s about it who have number ones without resulting to overt gimmics. Why do people bash the minority.

    Some cry about slut shaming but the reverse also occurs. Women just don’t like any women regardless.

  8. anjessa says:

    I don’t even know why tarting it up is considered a good career move for an “America’s sweetheart” type of pop star. Britney’s record sales dropped considerably after she abandoned her virginal image. Christina did good with “Stripped”, but I also don’t think she was ever able to top “Genie in a Bottle”. And Miley Cyrus’ singing career seems to be fading into obscurity since she decided to get rid of the Disney image. Music managers seem to think that sex always sells…but the truth is in a lot of cases it just doesn’t.
    (Katy Perry, Rihanna and Lady Gaga are different…they started their career dancing around in a bra and didn’t have an image change.)

  9. strawberrygirl says:

    I love T-swizzle. I remember a year or so ago Taylor went to an arena and signed autographs and took pictures for like 13 hours. That’s pretty amazing.

  10. Nev says:

    at some point they will all resort to gimmicks..wanna bet?

    too saccharine.

  11. layla says:

    It amazes me the her and Adele are almost the same age.

    Whilst I agree, its nice to not see her flashing her lady bits around, dont be fooled, this “sugar sweetness” is as much of a gimmick and controlled image as the other end of the spectrum.

    • lisa says:

      I know right!

      Adele seems almost a decade older than her.
      I think it’s because Adele is exceptionally mature for her age.

      In no way am I bashing Swift.
      It’s just interesting you know.

    • Alexis says:

      ITA. She seems childish for her age. Her shtick is “we’ve all been there at 15,” but it’s hardly admirable to advocate never getting past that point. Her songs are the embodiment of what’s wrong with Rom-Coms. They suggest that the natural mode of a woman is being desperate to get or please a man. Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and Katy Perry, for example, objectify themselves and aren’t role models either (although I have to say Miley, Perry and Rihanna songs tend to play up the personal and sexual satisfaction of the girl more than Swift’s songs do, so in some senses they are better than Swift), but Swift shouldn’t act like she is some great role model when there are artists like Adele out there. There’s always at least one very popular and legit young female singer out there (Alicia Keys and Norah Jones both played that role at one point), but it’s not and never has been Swift, even though the Academy tried to force that narrative on us a couple years back.

  12. Amanda says:

    “Right of passage”?? It’s “Rite of passage”! Come on, Hollywood Reporter!

  13. sm255 says:


    Brb dudes, waiting-for-Swifty-to-write-and-sing-songs-that-are-actually-good.

  14. Katie says:

    I love Taylor. She has a lot of self respect. Sometimes she can be a little self righteous, but she is still young.

  15. carrie says:

    one day,she will stop to act the innnocent virgin for being what she’s: a young woman

  16. JJ says:

    I’m fine with her being girly and just staying true to that. But if we’re looking at her writing skills they’re lacking. To put this in perspective right now she’s older than adele was when she wrote 21. Let that sink in….

  17. kristiner says:

    She doesn’t have to dance in her bra but she’s like 22 it’s time for less middle school/high school love songs.

    Her writing skills on Safe and Sound is phenomenal and her voice is on POINT. She needs to stick to that tone and maturity and vocal range.

    At a certain point, she can’t be singing about Romeo an the boys and such in her 30s because she’ll look childish. Evolve slowly but change up the lyrics to fit your age. Tho she might still really be a 15 year old girl trapped in an adults body.

  18. Astrid says:

    Do I like that she doesn’t swing around a stripper-pole on every occasion? Yes. Do I dislike that she sells this fairytale romance where the only time it falls apart, it is always the guy’s fault? Hell yes.

    Something about her, or rather specifically, her very public bashing of her exes annoys me…

  19. izzyvalentine says:

    I totally respect her for it. If she keeps this girlish, virginal image more power to her for being a good role model for her fans. Her fans ARE young girls so she has to relate to them as such. Whether she’s this girlish and precious in real life is doubtful, but I like that she keeps her image that way. Go Swifty!

  20. author says:

    That’s fine if she wants to still be girly. I the bashing of her is more about her song writing style. Adele in reality sings the same stuff as Taylor Swift. Heartbreak and loss. However Adele is more sophisticated like drinking wine,having a cigarette, and contemplating where the relationship went wrong. Where as Swift is like drinking soda pop on the porch with a friend during the afternoon, or sunset, licking on a blow pop, and whining about it. See the difference. The problem is that people eventually will grow tired of it. No one is asking her to become pop slut of the month.

    • kristiner says:

      YES! This exactly! She can continue with her MO but make it more mature. Sittin on the bleachers thinking about the failed relationship is high school, sitting at the wine bar with the girls thinking about the relationship is a 20 something year old girl.

      Her and Adele are SO close in age but the way their music sounds, Adele appears 20 years older than Taylor. Much more mature.

      Just mature with the music.

  21. Lem says:

    I was going to point out how much she’d miss by not twirling and dancing and singing in her bra a la “adventures in babysitting” but Nevermind, that’s not what she meant
    I always forget she’s an actual singer

  22. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    There is nothing wrong with T Swift or a woman wanting to be virginal IF THAT IS HER CHOICE? Not everyone thinks having multiple partners is a sign of womanhood. And not everyone thinks being “virginal” or gosh “private” about your sex life is a bad thing.

    Unless, of course it’s all a lie. Then hate away.

    I think T Swift is genuine but overrated as a singer. Her song writing is not bad. She writes about her love and life, but her voice is lacking outside the studio.

  23. TruthTella says:

    Actually if you look at both girls ATM (without judging the past) Miley seems like the more mature of the two, she’s in a stable relationship, She’s evolving with her new music and she’s trying to help with things like gay marriage etc
    Taylor to me always felt too sickly sweet, her music is juvenile at best and i have no idea how she keeps winning awards over propper country singers, she is NOT country she just throws the odd banjo on a tween pop song.
    I’m not even gonna mention all her ex boyfriends…

  24. Heather M (Heather) says:

    You know that blind item where it was speculated that she was a virgin? I think it may be true. If so, I appreciate her not using it as a publicity tool, but I hate to say that I think it is the reason for the SWANS and constant break ups. I was a very active dater while I was a virgin, and guys thought it was great for awhile but they’d never keep me around for long. At least it provides a never ending supply of break-up song inspiration, I suppose…

  25. the original bellaluna says:

    So this Taylor is the Anti-Momsen? Or is The Pantless Wonder her evil twin?

    Whatever. Maybe she will stay in flux with her perpetual good-girl schtick. Or maybe (once she’s gotten a little real-life experience under her belt) she’ll change her tune.

  26. Orange Cone says:

    Swifty is holier-than-thou, y’all

    she can be a bit smug and unicorn delusional sometimes

    • Kimbob says:

      No doubt….Swifty just isn’t my cup of tea. Every time I see a post about ol’ Swifty, something in me is like…there’s something kinda “off-kilter” about this girl.

      But, yeah, yeah…I “get” what she’s TRYING to say, but again…she comes off smug and condescending. Again, I’m getting the “off-kilter” thingy going on.

      Ok, so Miley’s not her thing….I’m just kind of sick of hearing about how clean & nice she is. I think she could do this w/out somehow coming off w/the vibe of, “I’m so better than you.” But…on second thought…she prolly CAN’T do this any other way. Me thinks she’s a snarky bitch, & that’s why I’m getting the “off-kilter” feeling thing every time I see or read about her.

  27. Jover says:

    agree layla and alexis; Why this chick gets a pass is beyond me.
    First, her persona and schtick are every bit as calculated and manufactured as any other pop tart.
    If she came up before the days of music vids and wrap around marketing, she’d be the opening act at a Nashville lounge;
    She can’t sing live to save herself do we need to refer to that awful duet with Stevie Nicks several yrs ago as ex. no 1.; Her guitar skills are amateurish and her songwriting is tediously narcissistic, uninteresting and self-referential.
    Chris Robinson of the BLack Crowes took some heat for stating awhile ago that if you think Tatay is good, you need to listen to good music – Esperanza Spalding, PJ Harvey and Tori Amos, etc. can sing and play circles around this girl and her toy plastic music, and they’re virtually ignored.
    Just because her “image” is of pristine sparkling fairy dust doesn’t mean we should buy it; she’s part of the corporate music machine and will do what is necessary to sell her product. End of Rant.

  28. poppy says:

    she didn’t have disney forcing her image. seems it was always her choice to dress like a grandma and act like a tween. why would she change now?
    also, like the rest of the world, she read adele’s vogue interview… taylor’s mind is a blank slate if that makes any sense.
    now, if she would learn how to sing or take a 5 year break.
    i do like she’s not going a certain career direction since it is expected of her.
    eat it rule makers.

  29. Kim says:

    But she felt it was okay at 20 years old to date a 30 yr old (Jake) or a 31 year old (John)? Does she want to tell her grandkids those stories?!

    I mean I get what she is saying but she shouldnt be so judgemental or act like she is superior when she herself has made mistakes on her way into womanhood.

    Taylor is somewhat talented but she is also very manufactured – just in a different way than Miley.

  30. Buffy says:

    She looks like an ice skater in that first picture. ;-)

  31. Orange Cone says:

    chick is going to be a cat-lady…

    she’ll sing her swan songs to her cats

  32. grayze says:

    I feel about Taylor Swift like I feel about green beans – that is to say, meh. I have no strong opinion one way or the other. But I really wish discussions about her didn’t sometimes turn into the debate about innocence v. perceived slutdom, which usually ends in some permutation of “why can’t we celebrate a nice girl who isn’t a RAGING SLUT WHO WEARS NO UNDERWEAR”?

    Isn’t there something in the middle? Can’t you be something in between Taylor Swift and Paris Hilton? I like to think a musician, calculated as they may be, can shoot for something between the two.

    • Asli says:

      Yes. That’s what bothers me the most. Either you have to be a raging whore or a virgin fairy? What happened to a nice, normal in-between for people (women especially). It’s not like all teenagers are sleeping around and if some are I doubt Taylor Swift singing about some guy who’s ”so mean” will defer them. Trust me, I know. I’ve seen Vampire Diaries…

  33. hateonit. says:

    I don’t find her pretty. I don’t like her voice. I don’t think she can sing at all. but. she’s maintained herself worth into her twenties in the public eye. I give credit where credit is due. even if somehow Miley snagged a beautiful man who cares not about her ways. swiftycat still wins the image awards. she’d make a good role model for early teens. I feel like there’s honestly no hope for most teens after 18 :/

  34. NinaG says:

    She’s young now, she has no idea what she will be doing in the next 5 years, if she is still around. I’m not saying she will be dancing around half naked but as far as songs, life is not a bed of roses. She may experience something completely devastating and choose to write about it. I guess I realize we say a lot of the things we would never do, but most of us know life does not work out as we plan and we evolve as we grow, negatively or positively.

  35. Sunny says:

    poor girl, she is not remotely attractive or sexy in the least. she is old before her time

  36. FeverDream says:

    I can’t wait until her sex tape comes out.

    She annoys the shit out of me with her eternal lovestruck teen schtick.

    This girl has smashed half of Hollywood.

    She’s not a role model, her music opines about co-dependency and its incredibly immature.

    I hate music artists of this generation.

  37. T.C. says:

    I don’t mind her good girl image. I hate that her music is based on bashing all her ex-boyfriends and gets a pass for it. Someone else would be called a bitter witch who takes no responsibility for her part in a failed relationship.

  38. kimberly says:

    you know i understand what she was saying, but her songs are fucking disney style and written for tweens. These are the same songs that she writes from her life experience. I was hoping for more faith hill (love faith)this kiss cd style type with a swifty twist instead of stuff from her album, but it was more for little high schoolers and middle schoolers than someone the same age as her.

    swift sucks

  39. cc23 says:

    I’m not a TayTay fan but I’m a huge fan of Eddie Redmayne, so I’m glad that that didn’t pan out and I won’t have to see a gazillion articles, pictures, etc. about it (plus, he’s an ‘actor’ and dating her would make him a ‘celebrity’, which would annoy me).

    BUT, they would have BEAUTIFUL children. Like, they’re both gorgeous (Eddie, in an otherworldly sort of way and Tay in a more traditional, but still unique way). I would describe them both as ‘strinking’. Her skin and height + his bone structure, so good.

  40. truthshot says:

    here’s another no-talent fool who only made it because all the hillbilly yokels thought if they bought her lame-assed music that somehow they would get to bang her scrawny cracker ass.

    point in case, “man, i’d vote for sarah palin cause then she’d let me bang her…”

    don’t believe me eh? are you really from earth?