Swift, however, stayed silent, which some fans read as a choice to keep her clean image separate from the controversial story.For many people like myself, Swift's inaction was immensely frustrating.For years, the image she'd created for herself — that of a savvy, empowered feminist in shrewd control of her image — was both fascinating and inspiring.Few other stars, and even fewer women, have had the same power over their audiences as Swift.Whether due to the backlash or not, the star's actions satisfied, and shut up, most critics, and appeased her fans who'd hoped she'd use her power to help others with less.After that, the next few months were relatively scandal-free for Swift. So proud of these girls, 3 for killing it at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (@marhunt @lilyaldridge @karliekloss) and 3 for their Grammy nomination!!! 😭😂😍A post shared by Ruby Rose (@rubyrose) on Rose wrote a lengthy post seemingly defending Swift and, more broadly, other people who have been shamed for "moving on too quickly from an ex" last week.9. And of course, the requisite bikini portrait, which was full of some familiar squad members and some newbies. I am really hot but also I don't think I can have you hold my coat" ...
After all, we reasoned, someone as busy and accomplished as Swift certainly deserved some time off.
And here is a rundown of them, in honor of Tay's 27th birthday.
Who do you think will be next, and how long 'til someone puts it on lock?!
Yet, just a few weeks later, that would all change. 15's Grammy Awards and called out Kanye West for that "Famous" shout-out heard 'round the world, she started a chain of events that, over the course of the year, would make it impossible for fans to support her.
At the time, however, the star's appearance at the show, just days after West rapped "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that b*tch famous" on The Life of Pablo, seemed simply like yet another display of her strength and poise in the face of criticism.