mixtape straight out of '94


taylorsvift:

don’t you dream impossible things…

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astound:

SO HARD NOT TO DANCE WHEN YOU HAVE EARPHONES ON WALKING BY YOURSELF

 [Taylor at 16]: “My dream is to look out into a crowd of thousands of people, and have them singing back the words to my songs. That, to me, would be just everything I’ve ever hoped for.” 

billiondollarbaby:

I can’t wait for winter because that’s when all mosquitoes die and go to hell where they belong

unshaped:

when you’re listening to Anaconda and realize that you are one of the “skinny bitches”

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Stefan Salvatore appreciation week:

Day 4. Stefan + sass

ohtswift:

divafierce:

rare footage of Taylor Swift, Perez Hilton and Jeniffer Lawrence admitting to be satanists and a part of the Illuminati

taylorswift

foralltheweeks:

lierdumoa:

benwinstagram:

tru

So I watched this music video, and this is in fact completely untrue. There are many scenes in which black/brown girls are casted.

One could conceivably argue that  any white star who features twerking in a music video is automatically being exploitative.

However, that was not my perception of this video in particular. It actually appeared to me the director took pains to portray a variety of dance styles (ballet, interpretive dance, rhythmic gymnastics, break dancing, twerking, cheerleading, etc.) all as equally valid art forms. Every performing group in the video includes a variety of ethnicities. I think I did actually see a black/brown dancer in the ballet troupe, though it’s difficult to tell. Look in the rear left of this gif:

We don’t know if they cast individual dancers or hired a dance troupe, so if black women are underrepresented that might say more about the dance troupe’s selection practices than the video director’s casting practices.

All the styles of dance, ballet or otherwise are presented in the same fashion — talented professionals being brilliant + Taylor Swift being endearingly incompetent. The black women in the video aren’t portrayed as Taylor’s dancing accessories, but rather as experts in their style:

Moreover, at the end of the video there’s a sequence showing all the different professionals being silly and dancing in a non-choreographed manner, thereby humanizing them, showing they exist outside of their role as dancers in Taylor’s video:

I think if we interpret the twerking scenes in this video as demeaning, that says more about our cultural perception of black women than it does about this particular video’s specific portrayal of black women. 

It killed me that no one saw that this was clearly about different dance styles.

Taylor Swift Albums: an Infographic

swiftsugg:

Taylor Swift + Photoshoots.