The American sensational songstress and songwriter opened up in a Netflix documentary about the extreme demands from the industry to stay in shape to meet the standards of a celebrity. She admitted that she endures immense pressure to stress her body to conform to industry expectations left her with an eating disorder
It says a lot about the level of stardom to which Taylor Swift has ascended that a mere trailer for a documentary about her became international news.
“My relationship with food was exactly the same psychology I applied to everything else in my life: if I was given a pat on the head, I registered that as good. If I was given a punishment, I registered that as bad. The pats on the head were being able to fit into tiny sample sizes on photoshoots; the punishments were magazine covers speculating about whether or not I’m pregnant. It took its toll, and led to a period of starvation and compulsive exercise. It must be exhausting. Famous or not, women’s bodies are under constant scrutiny, from countless sources, and the only thing that shifts is the scale of it. As my colleague Eva Wiseman wrote in this paper this month, even the “body positivity” movement demands the undoing of a lifetime of pressure to be a certain way.”