First things first, you guys have confirmed what I knew already (Kaylor Fandom, looking @ you) which is that you’re all a big bunch of great humans. I’m not even in that deep yet (sinking like a brick tho) and I already love you all. I work in Fashion Marketing & PR, so in terms of career, I admittedly know a little more about Karlie career wise, but as I stated before, I’m a fan of Taylor’s music and her behavior, when she’s being un-problematic.
In light of the recent Tayv!n articles/speculation about their relationship status, I am becoming even more convinced of this whole thing being a PR deal, for a few reasons. First things first, Taylor Swift is a lot of things-talented, powerful, beautiful, artist, master songwriter, the list goes on, but the one thing she isn’t, is stupid. She (slash #TeamSwift) monitors every single thing written about her, good, bad, or ugly, and they make adjustments based on those things, that’s how a brand (personal or otherwise) works. There is no doubt that Taylor completely re-invented herself through 1989, and for the most part, has done a fantastic job, save a few hiccups (someone please take her Twitter password).
I’d like to open up my next few ramblings by assuring you all that bearding in the entertainment/music/fashion/art world is still very much a thing. When a person is single for too long (especially someone who has more than a few sapphic receipts floating around them) questions start to pop up, and even though it’s 2015, being gay has a million possible negative impacts on someone,famous or not. In addition to that, coming out, particularly as someone in the public eye, is an incredibly difficult, emotional process that can sometimes take years to come to terms with, accept, and accomplish (Ellen Page). And make no mistake, it is a huge, brave accomplishment. I’m gonna put the rest of this under the cut, so I don’t clog up your dashes with my rambling.
The hints at their schedules being busy, with the additional assurance that they do make time for each other, is something that is beneficial to Taylor because it helps her shed her clingy image, and makes her look very casual about the whole thing. When this does end, there will absolutely not be a major announcement of a split, but it will be clear that Taylor made the call. The plant (in my opinion) of Taylor having to “choose” between Calvin and her squad? She’ll choose the squad, and the split will, if anything, leave Calvin looking like 2013 Taylor. Why wouldn’t he care about that? Because he still got to be tethered to Taylor, and have a lot of people start to re consider him being such a douche, because after all, Taylor Swift in all her feminist, gal pal glory would absolutely not date a misogynist, so how bad could he really be? (LOL)
For people that use the “I Know Places” argument to justify the distance (physical and interaction wise) between T&C, they pretty much shot themselves in the foot in terms of using that narrative with the Whole Foods outing, the staged pap shots in NYC (Also, Paps here in NYC are 21938192389102% ALWAYS tipped, they can’t camp out, it’s incredibly frowned upon, and pretty much physically impossible), the awkward body contact, etc.
Now, I’m hesitant to comment on this in terms of Kaylor, as I definitely have much more research to do in that regard, but I do have a few observations. That Vogue cover story, in my opinion (and the opinion of many in the fashion world) was a “soft coming out” in it’s original state, but as I’ve seen many of you state, I think the plug was pulled on that post “Kissgate.” If Taylor and/or Karlie do plan to come out as a couple, this narrative is great, because it squashes the speculation that “Taylor can’t keep a man so she’s dating women” Who knows though, maybe neither of them is anything but 100% hetero and they’re just super close, but as an actual heterosexual, all I’m going to say is I’ve been less intimate with my boyfriend in private than Kaylor has in public on several occasions.
To sum it all (kind of) up, Taylor Swift is a brand, I mean, she’s obviously a person too, but first and foremost? She is a brand. That’s a really sad, often overlooked aspect of her life but it’s true. (She didn’t write “The Lucky One” because she wanted it to be the next “Lucky” by Britney Spears). Every move is calculated, planned, and executed to benefit and bolster her image. As I said before, we’re all (Tayv!n Shippers included, make no mistake) just speculating, but let’s not forget what Taylor said about her next relationship, she said that she’d “keep it private, and protect it at all costs.” Think about that quote, and whether you ship Kaylor or not, think about it in terms of Tayvin, and then come talk to me..