Taylor Swift’s Independence Day celebration was much cooler than yours

You might mistake these photos for some kind of Independence Day-themed magazine pictorial, or some kind of professional photoshoot involving Taylor Swift and some very photogenic models. You would be wrong. Taylor posted all of these photos (and many more!) on her blog – from what I can see, the photos were just taken by her friends/employees. The other people are from her Red Tour, and they had the Fourth of July off, so she hosted a huge party at her Rhode Island mansion (I guess that’s where they are). Swifty posted these pics with this message:

Oh hey guys.

Happy belated 4th of July. Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. This time around, my touring family joined me at the beach and I wanted to show you some of the pictures because you’re the reason we all get to be on tour together. You’ve seen us all in our show costumes on the Red Tour.. Here’s what we all look like in RED, white, and blue:)

Hope you had a lovely 4th. I love you and I’ll see you on the road.


[From Taylor’s blog]

I have to admit, these photos made me kind of jealous of Swifty’s vacation. It looked like wholesome fun in the sun, with lots of posing and face-painting and straw hats. When I was Swifty’s age, I usually spent Independence Day drunk off my ass (or worse) and passed out cold by the time the fireworks began. Does Swifty even allow alcohol in her house? I guess those red cups could be for some kind of keg, right?

Oh, and that older man is Swifty’s father. I’m not sure about the way she’s posing against him… I don’t know. That’s not the father-daughter relationship I had, but maybe it’s not unusual. Last thing: BOLT-ONS! There they are.

Photos courtesy of Taylor’s blog.

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  1. Shannon says:

    Say what you want about her, but man, oh man, she has a fantastic body. I would kill for her legs.

    • Apsutter says:

      She’s a little too “colt-ish” for me but, yea, she’s adorable most of the time.

    • RocketMerry says:

      Agreed. Beautiful, beautiful body. If it wasn’t for the breasts, I’d say this was one of the most naturally gorgeous bodies in HW right now.

      The pictures, however, look as fake, planned, posed and unreal as they come.
      Which makes her pose with her dad even weirder (note I said her pose: his is very cute and very fatherly).

      • Rachel says:

        Exactly what I was thinking. He looks like just a normal dad having his picture taken… she makes it awkward.

        Also are we sure the boobs aren’t natural? Yes, she looks fuller in the bikini, but it also looks like one of those bikini tops from VS that has 8 lbs of padding…

  2. Willa says:

    Weird daddy pic if that is her dad.

    • cs says:

      Why is this so weird? Some of us are very close to our dads. Taylor obviously loves her father. Which is a good thing since we always hear about the absentee father who doesn’t want to pay child support.

      Her father transfered his six figured job to Nashville so that his daughter could follow her dreams.. That’s admirable, wouldn’t you agree?

      • Contrived says:

        It’s the sex kitten sticking your ass out and kicking the leg out in a 40s pin-up style pose that is inappropriate.

        It just looks incestuous when it’s your own father and your acting sexy with him.

        hugging and cuddling with Dad is great! sex kitten pose not so much.

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      I’m with you Willa.

      • cs says:

        Oh Pleaz
        You people read into more things based on photos.. Sex kitten pose with her father?

        Cutie Pie Zendaya Coleman still sits on her father’s lap at 16 years old. Michele Obama sat on her father’s lap up until he died of MS ( up in her 20’s). Oh so sexual..

        When does this all stop. Daughters can’t be loving with their fathers after 12 years old . There’s always some sexual connocation attached..

        I’m not a Taylor Stan but the girl hasn’t done anything to warrant hate.
        She loves her parents, her brother, no drugs, no alcohol, no trouble with the law. Her only crime, she writes songs about her relationships.

        Didn’t Adele sell 10 million copies in the US alone about her relationship? Love Adele!

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      sorry chickies, but I agree with Willa and Contrived, it’s the sex kitten pose. Girl has some serious DADDY ISSUES…maybe that’s why she can’t keep a relationship going.

      • Chrissie says:

        Totally agree – I would never pose with my Dad like that. I wouldn’t even pose with my boyfriend like that unless I was drunk. Gross.

  3. marie says:

    I got no problem with the photos, they’re actually really good, she looks good.

    although, there is no way I’d let a sparkler that close to my head, I have a fear of catching my hair on fire.

    • Kiddo says:

      The photos look professionally done and I can appreciate them. But then it makes the fun seem contrived.

    • It'sjustBlanche says:

      Hahaha. I have to agree. Love the pictures otherwise. She’s just too cute to pick on. I like fluffy little kittens too even though they’re pests.

  4. Jennifer12 says:

    I think this is more of Taylor cultivating her image as the good girl: “The wildest we get is face painting and jumping!”

  5. Elle says:


    There is also a rumor about a new boy who was there his name is Matthew Gray Gubler and he is on Criminal Minds. He is not in any of the pics but he tweeted a photo with the same face paint from the same location and then deleted it when her fans figured it out.

    • Roma says:

      No, no, no.

      I can handle her dating anyone else but I will lose my shit if she dates MGG.

    • L says:

      OMG if she starts dating MMG/Spencer Reed.

      He’s way to cool for her. But I guess she’s swinging back to her target age group (30 year old+ men)

    • Siren says:

      Nooo! Not the Gubes!!

    • grace says:

      Gossip Cop says they’re just friends.

    • Brown says:

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not MGG nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

    • Spooks says:

      NOOOOOOOO! I refuse to believe MGG would date her. She can’t have him.

    • Meaghan says:

      Lord help us if that’s the truth. I LOVE him, he’s my geek crush.

    • Gabby says:

      He didn’t delete it because fans figured it out. He deleted it WHEN fans figured it out. That was the plan all along. NOTHING about Swift’s love life leaks out without orchestration.

      The new thing is for celebs to play Where’s Waldo with fans via twitter. This is how all of Jakey G’s rabid fangirls are following his new ‘relationship’ with the sports illustrated model – via her twitter!

      Lainey has a whole story about what Leo did this weekend – all info gleaned from other people’s twitter accounts.

      Websluething 2.0!

    • littlestar says:

      NOOOOOOOOO!!! Swifty, leave our Spencer alone!!!!!!!!!

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I would have thought MGG was too cool for Swift nonsense. Have you guys ever seen his modeling pics? Gorgeous cheekbones that man has.

    • Lauren says:

      MGG pings to Pluto. Now he’s hanging with Swifty? Gay.

    • grace says:

      He was dating Kenp Muhl in July 2004, when she was 16 and he was 24. Don’t need to know anything else about him.

    • grace says:

      He was dating Kemp Muhl in July 2004, when she was 16 and he was 24. Don’t need to know anything else about him.

      • Isabel says:

        He also dated Kat Dennings, the baddest and hottest bitch on my planet.

        But still.. Swifty? Sweet Jesus NOOO!

        I remember he dated that model Ali Michael, I looked at her Instagram, the girl is immature, needy and just plain weird in an attentionwhorish way. That kinda made me go MEH on the Gube. With Swift.. I can’t anymore.. Why these horrible immature brats?

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        MGG is also bffs with Terry Richardson. I used to love him, but I started side eyeing the shit out of him for that.
        Also him and Swifty actually make a lot of sense, they are both perpetually teenagers.

    • Arla says:

      I had him pegged as… not exactly… straight… are we sure they’re dating and not just hitting the mall together and sleeping over each other’s houses and giving each other make-overs?? I really could have sworn he was hitting for the other team…

  6. heidi says:

    I love these pictures of Taylor celebrating our nation’s birthday.

  7. Just Me says:

    Taylor, girl, my daughter adores you, but I’mma have to stop you right there and tell you to lay off the vignetting in the photos.

  8. LadyMTL says:

    That looks like it was a lot of fun, as much as it pains me to admit it, lol.

    Reminds me of my Canada Day weekends when I was a kid, one of my friends (well, her parents really) had a house by a lake and we’d all spend the time playing in the sand, swimming, making bonfires…ahhh, good times.

  9. Tessa says:

    I actually celebrated the 4th, I didn’t stage a photoshoot with multiple outfit changes. I win.

  10. abbie246 says:

    These photos seem more like fun for a 13 year old. I’m not saying Taylor needs be drinking beer and have strippers at her party but it’s really hard to believe she’s 22-23 years old.

    • cs says:

      Taylor is breathe of fresh air. No, she’s not Rihanna or Miley but I watch and listen to these girls cuz of my daughter. Although I’m old enough to be their mother.

      If you ever listen to Taylor’s interviews she is smart and witty.

      What’s wrong with a 23 year old enjoying Fourth of July face painting? Would you prefer she instagrams a photo half naked with a man in a George Washington Costume?

      • Bodhi says:

        I don’t know what interviews you’re reading, but I’ve never read anything that makes her seem smart or witty. I find her “permanently 16” schtick irritating at best & bizarre at worst.

        I agree, however, that I would rather my daughter (if I had one) look up to TayTay rather than the other 2 you mentioned. I would certainly prefer that my son date someone like her. (He is 2 so I have a while till I have to worry about it!)

      • Contrived says:

        didn’t abbie just say she DOESN”T need to have strippers etc????

        maybe read the comment again so you get that she was being very balanced.

        and tone it down a bit will ya? You’re coming across as unnecessarily harsh.

  11. brumhildawayne says:

    Staged. I’d be surprised if these were actually taken on July 4th. Super creepy pic with dad, too.

  12. boredbrit says:

    tbh I’m a firm believer of the notion that if you feel the need to show how brilliantly amazing your life is- the reality is that it probably isn’t.
    And I second the idea that the dad pic is weird for ME because my Dad just isn’t the touchy feely hugging type. Other than that, its a cute picture.

  13. Jess says:

    She looks all wrong with the fake boobs. She had that beautiful Audrey Hepburn thing going on before, but the new boobs just don’t ‘fit’ her body, and they throw everything out of whack. She looks cheap now, her rack overshadows the rest of her frame and that’s never a good look.

    The pose with her dad is weird. Not the closeness, but that pose (one leg in the air, arched back, looking at the camera coquettishly) is something you do with a lover, not your dad. At least he looks normal.

    • MBP says:

      Ehhh, I’m “reading” the pic with Daddy as like a 5 year old princess flinging herself around his neck. Like toddlers do.

  14. Faye says:

    I think they’re fine, and I love her red two-piece. I know Taylor gets a lot of hate around here, and granted, she has some growing up to do, but I find her pretty harmless. I’d rather see pics like these than another Rihanna-Chris Brown selfie.

    • bondbabe says:

      I agree—she’s young, give her a break. AND she’s not doing the “I’m just so sexy/edgy” crotch-touching pose either. So I give her a pass.

      • Spooks says:

        I think she’s okay. At least she writes her own songs.
        But, for the love of God, stop with the “she’s young” argument. It’s not an excuse for any behavior. And I’m not referring to Taylor in this case, but that argument just bothers me.
        I’m younger than both her and Miley and nobody ever excused my behavior with that argument.

      • bondbabe says:

        (since I can’t respond to you under your post, I will address it under my own)

        Wells, Spooks, I guess that all depends on what you did that you didn’t get a pass because you “are young.” Perhaps I should have used the terminology that she isn’t “mature” or “wise” yet; does that sit better with you? And you wrote “…any behavior.” Umm, yes, being young CAN be an excuse for SOME behavior—I didn’t say or imply ALL behavior.

        I have a 24-year old daughter myself, and she gets a pass on SOME things because she is “young” (which can also be interchangeable with not mature/not wise), but age and experience will certainly change that.

        Good luck with yours….

      • Spooks says:

        Well, to be honest, I’ve never done anything too bad, really. So, maybe I’m not the best judge on this.
        I agree, my previous post was a bit overreacting, but it just annoys me that any behaviour is apologized because someone is young.

  15. Kayla says:

    why did she feel need change her outfits 4 times on same day?

    • Lucybelle says:

      I love July 4th and anything red white and blue. If I had her money I would buy a whole bunch of different Independence Day themed clothes and change throughout the day.

    • Jess says:

      Because these pics aren’t just casual snapshots of her day. She staged a photoshoot for PR purposes.

  16. Apsutter says:

    I can’t look at photos of her without thinking of how insufferable she seems. On a completely unrelated note, I’m reading the book Mitch Winehouse wrote about Amy and it has just bummed me out so hard. I miss Amy’s voice

    • some bitch says:

      I finished his book a few months ago! Can’t believe it’s been two years since Amy passed away. I miss her so much.

      • apsutter says:

        I can’t believe it’s been two years either. Amy’s music has been really important to me because Back to Black came out a year or two into my current relationship and we both loved her dearly. Such a tragedy

    • Pirouette says:

      Good book!!

  17. Lucybelle says:

    Cute pics. I love her outfits. She gets on my nerves sometimes but I think it’s refreshing to see someone her age who isn’t showing their ass crack (ahem, Miley) or stumbling drunk out of a club (Rihanna). It IS possible for a 22 year old to enjoy just hanging out with family and friends.
    Love her dirty feet in that pic with her dad. For some reason that struck me as being very cute and real.

    • Chichai says:

      As insufferable as she is, she looked like she had fun. Now the question is: did she pay the others to appear to have fun with her?

      • grace says:

        She paid for them and their partners to have a beach vacation – flights etc. Her close girlfriends were there too. There aren’t as many pictures of them because its a tour blog.

  18. Barrett says:

    The dad looks normal. Taylor looks so try hard in that photo. Like cant she just turn off the “look at me” posing for a normal shot with the dad. And yes finally 100% confirmed bolt ons!

  19. Sal says:

    I’m still not convinced she has implants. Just don’t see any proof.

    • Tessa says:

      Besides the hard, perfectly round, baglike appearance of her overnight C-cups breasts? Yeah, me neither.

      • grace says:

        Me either. It’s a push up bikini top. In some outfits she still looks really flat chested. It all depends on the bra.

    • Lara says:

      In the pic of her with the blue hat looking at the blond guy you can see what very much looks like a boob job scar on the right one.

  20. Christin says:

    Even though it’s all a carefully crafted publicity effort, she’s not as insufferable as some others. I actually think she is much more likely to hang on to her money and settle into her fading celebrity years better than other teen singing stars of late.

  21. lucy2 says:

    It’s kind of nice she had everyone from the tour over for the holiday, but I half wonder if it was a “work requirement”.

    I don’t get the need to share photos like that with the whole world.

    • grace says:

      I doubt it. She paid for their boyfriends and girlfriends to come too. One dancer spent the holiday with her friends instead.

  22. LeBarron says:

    Looks like Swifty here follows Classy Girls Wear Pearls. I wonder if this is a special holiday thing, or if she has plans to create a lifestyle brand (she is down with the Goopster) and become the celebrity Sarah Vickers.


    • apsutter says:

      That’s a cute website even if I’m not really the preppy type. That girl and her crew look like they’d fit in with the Middletons.

    • Bodhi says:

      Wow. That looks like torture to me. I grew up in a very preppy city & rejected that “lifestyle” as soon as I could

    • Spooks says:

      Those people look very fake. A bit creepy. Like preppy robots.

  23. dorothy says:

    Wonder how much she has to pay them to be her friends?

  24. Mo says:

    An ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure.

  25. Alexis says:

    I can’t with the granny panty bikini. Yeah, she looks cute in some of these photos, but she just annoys me regardless. I just can’t get past the phoniness.

  26. Emily C. says:

    This doesn’t look like a day off to me. It looks like being stuck at your boss’s party having pictures taken of you for her publicity.

  27. ldub says:

    the real question here is who is the “G-WASH BOARD” hottie!!??

    preferably name and number

  28. Jane says:

    I wonder if she had staff push all the neighbors off the beach near her home so the pictures could be taken. That issue still burns my hide–self-entitle brat.

  29. s says:

    I would die for a body like that.

  30. magpie says:

    Um, there’s nothing “cool” about these pictures. Swifty’s 4th of July was just filled with more rainbows and unicorns as usual.

  31. judyjudy says:

    Jumping photos make me stabby.

  32. Elena says:

    Oh, my God! Now her picture with her father is weird? Honestly, seeing twisted stuff everywhere, in everything is a very disturbing state of mind.
    She’s posing, for crying out loud! Could be pretentious, but it’s not wrong in the way your brain is twisting it.

    It’s like some people wake up wandering what they should be shocked about, and their day is wasted without expressing some sort of indignation.
    There are truly important matters to aim that at!

  33. Esti says:

    I’m just jealous of that jumping picture. Never in my life have I been able to do a group picture like that — there’s always one person who jumps too soon, one who hasn’t jumped at all yet, and everyone else has a dumb look on their face.

    • Gravels says:

      I agree..it looks like a magazine shoot for her tween audience. Everything is so staged with this girl. Whoops my comment was in response to Jess above.

  34. Cam S says:

    Yup, those are indeed some very well done, fake boobie sacks. At least she did them small and correctly for her body type.

  35. Jules says:

    Upon close inspection of these photos two things are clear: 1.) The photos are STAGED. 2.) Swifty’s funbags are as fake as the rest of Taylor Swift. That is all.

  36. Lila says:

    I think these are cute. I get tired of this idea that there is a right way to have fun as an adult. This looks like a lot of fun to me and plenty of fun for her friends and tour mates- and reportedly their signicant others. Volleyball, playing on the beach, face painting, silly games, lots of friends being silly with me? Throw in the wine for later that was in some of the pics and you have a great time in my book.

    I don’t see anything weird about the pic with her dad. He’s being a dad, she’s being ‘cute’ in a fun snapshot.

    As for the bolt-ons, I still don’t think so. Not because of these pics so much as others recently. In the straight on pics you can see that she has some thighs now, and a little bit of hip. I wouldn’t call her curvaceous by any means but in the past 6 months or a year or so she’s grown some curves. I think the boobs are a part of that. And a flattering push up bikini top.

  37. Happy21 says:

    I think these photos look like fun! I wish I was there with her 🙂

    I’d love to celebrate a holiday like Canada Day and not end up with a hangover and have professional photos of all the fun I had with my friends/co-workers.

  38. Noodles says:

    I did the same thing…when I was 13.

    “Guys! Let’s get all dressed up and take super cute pictures of ourselves so everyone knows how much FUN we are!”

    There is nothing spontaneous about these photos. It just looks like she’s trying too hard.

  39. ACD says:

    Yep. Who cares about witticisms:


  40. energydrink says:

    LOL at all the people denying her obvious PS. I will never understand whether these people don’t pay attention to detail, are die-hard fans who will to the grave insist that their idols are naturally amazing, or they can’t fathom that there are natural looking implants nowadays?

    BTW I actually like them.. she didn’t go too big, but obviously wanted a bit of oomph if she was going to take the plunge.

    She is tall and very thin, however she always had a pear shape. The boobies help balance her out, and she probably appreciates how her outfits look now.

  41. INeedANap says:

    Honestly it bugs me that all these pics are clearly about her, rather than showcasing the group. Always in front, middle, or on focused perspective.

    • glauka says:

      noticed the same thing, she’s always in the middle. obviously fake and staged.

  42. Chloeee says:

    I dig her legs but she’s got no booty.

  43. kim says:

    She seems like an energy sucker and it’s all about her. I’d pass on her vaca. Love the hat tho.

  44. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    It will be interesting to see how she truly reacts when her celebrity fades because you can only sing godawful tweener songs for so long, and then the schtick in no longer amusing and your fans move on – not the case with the legendary bands/musicians from the 60s/70s that have their original fans and several generations of new fans.
    My 4th was cooler because it was real, and was a staged PS.

  45. Lauren says:

    It is weird to stick your ass out in a photo with your dad. UNLESS you are courtney stodden. The end.

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  48. xxx says:

    I reckon that bikini top has a ridiculous amount of padding in it!