Who. Is. she?
Who is Taylor Swift? Until now I’ve unintentionally avoided learning anything about her. Yes, I could recognise a number of her songs, but beyond that I knew very little.
Well, it turns out she’s all sorts of things: a country music star at the age of 16, a master of messy relationships, a fighter of musical feuds. These facts alone had me intrigued.
However, with Swift it feels like the more I read the less I know. While pop stars such as Madonna and Michael Jackson pioneered the art of reinvention, with Swift the whole thing has become a sort of black hole meta-experiment, where nothing is real and everything could be the opposite of what it seems. Does she start fights or is she being picked on? Are her songs literal or are they simply stories? Is she a nice lady from Pennsylvania or a Machiavellian bitch of Teresa May proportions? We just don’t know.
To try and unwrap the mystery let’s turn to her music videos and see if they offer up any clues.