In the video for “Shake It Off,” the lead single from her new album, “1989,” Taylor Swift crawls under the legs of a row of women twerking in denim cutoffs.
“Shake It Off” speaks directly to women and girls of all ages by saying just be who you are and forget about what anyone else thinks. This message of self-acceptance is all over pop radio this summer, with Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” which preaches that you don’t have to be a size 2 and Colbie Caillat‘s newest single “Try,” which urges women to stop being something they aren’t.
Like Paisley and Underwood, the interviewees were supportive of Taylor’s choices and her music. Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum noted, “the songwriting is still — you can tell she takes so much pride in that and that’s what I respect.” ref: billboard
Taylor doesn’t want to be an industry-driven pop star dependent on showing some skin, featuring cameos by rappers, and borrowing beats from hip-hop and indie rock.
Her pop intentions are more old-fashioned; she doesn’t need to be edgy or provocative in her pursuit of a good time.
Despite the hoopla Taylor caused by starting her new phase, it’s not as if she has shut the door on her country forever.