6 Things We Learned from Taylor Swift’s ‘Vanity Fair’ Interview

Taylor SwiftVanity Fair’s September cover girl, opened up about all things very “Taylor”: standing up to Apple music, sisterhood, letting bygones be bygones with Kanye West, and the only person she could fall in love with.

Here are 6 things we learned from her interview:

1. Her and her friends are totally sisters before misters who have dated the same people:

We even have girls in our group who have dated the same people. It’s almost like the sisterhood has such a higher place on the list of priorities for us. It’s so much more important than some guy that it didn’t work out with.

When you’ve got this group of girls who need each other as much as we need each other, in this climate, when it’s so hard for women to be understood and portrayed the right way in the media. . . . now more than ever we need to be good and kind to each other and not judge each other—and just because you have the same taste in men, we don’t hold that against each other.

For example, Swift’s model BFF Gigi Hadid is currently in a relationship with Joe Jonas, who Swift had a short-lived love affair with in 2008.

No hard feelings there though:

Little known fact: Karlie is secretly an unofficial historian/London tour guide. Kind of.

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2. Swift and Kanye West were able to kiss and make up after the rapper’s awkward on-stage interruption during her 2009 VMA acceptance speech, all thanks to Jay Z.

I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me—so it was the same issue, and we both reached the same place at the same time. I became friends with Jay Z, and I think it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along. . . . And then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.

3. She was worried that people would (again) criticize her for going on the offensive against streaming services, first Spotify and then Apple.

I wrote the letter at around four A.M. The contracts had just gone out to my friends, and one of them sent me a screenshot of one of them. I read the term ‘zero percent compensation to rights holders.’ Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and I’ll write a song and I can’t sleep until I finish it, and it was like that with the letter.

[I was worried] people would say, ‘Why won’t she shut up about this?’. . . My fears were that I would be looked at as someone who just whines and rants about this thing that no one else is really ranting about…

Apple treated me like I was a voice of a creative community that they actually cared about. And I found it really ironic that the multi-billion-dollar company reacted to criticism with humility, and the start-up with no cash flow reacted to criticism like a corporate machine.

4. She wants to use her massive celebrity status for the greater good.

If you look at Oprah, she’s made so many people happy over the years. She’s made so much money, but she’s given so much of it away. . . . Same thing with Angelina Jolie. She’s been so productive, but she’s used that position to better other people’s lives, and I think that’s where I’d want to be.

5. The only person that she could fall in love with is someone who would never try to change her (ahem, Calvin Harris).

That was the way that I decided to go on with my life. Not looking for anything, not necessarily being open to anything, and only being open to the idea that, if I found someone who would never try to change me, that would be the only person I could fall in love with. Because, you know, I was in love with my life.

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6. She doesn’t refer to herself as a style icon:

I think I know how to put together a good outfit. . . . But any day you’re going to admit to being a style icon is a day you need to look in the mirror and really check yourself.

Read more from Taylor’s Vanity Fair interview here.