I spent my weekend being told I look like Taylor Swift.
A six year old girl pointed at me and said to her mom, “She looks exactly like her!”
A security guard said, “You’re been freaking me out. I thought you were Taylor Swift. Tell me you’re her sister or something.”
A man on an escalator yelled, “OMG IT’S TAYLOR SWIFT!” while his date look mortified.
A teenage girl saw me, shrieked, and started waving frantically. I looked behind me, thinking she was waving at a friend. There was no one behind me. I looked back at her and she was completely changed, pretending like nothing ever happened. My only explanation is she thought I was Taylor Swift.
This weekend I realized my resemblance to Taylor Swift is borderline freakish. I should probably start a side-hustle as a Taylor Swift impersonator at Bat Mizvhas. This realization occurred at her 1989 World Tour stop in New Jersey. (Yeah, the ambassador to New York doesn’t have a stop on her world tour in the actual city. Don’t get me started.) It was quite the scene, friends.
Taylor Swift 1989 Tour fans (“Swifties”)
Like Comic Con with a Taylor Swift theme! Thousands of people arrived dressed up in costumes they’d made. Homages to Swift lyric, characters from her music videos, or just decked out in cat clothing. Taylor loves cats. (Just like me. Shit.)
At first glance, it was easy to think, “Why are all these girls dressing up? This is so weird!” but after talking to some of the girls, I realized how cool it is. Inspiring creativity and art? Fucking awesome. Taylor, I’m impressed, way to go.
Some people balk at her being a positive roll model for kids, but this sold me. Then she came out on stage in some pretty skimpy outfits, I thought about changing my mind. But no. I’m still sold. She’s doing some really great things for young girls.
I never had a celebrity I worshipped. I never screamed with passion for someone and felt like my heart was going to burst I was so excited. And at 29, I’m pretty sure I never will. It makes me a little sad! Sure, it’s kinda annoying to see teens go nuts, but it’s also kinda cool.
Say what you will about Taylor Swift, girl puts on a great show. And she works the shit out of her connections. The Weeknd came out as a surprise guest performance. Then during the song “Bad Blood” she entire cast of her music video (which she made to feature her best girlfriends, well, her best celebrity and primarily super model girlfriends) strutted on stage with her. STILL not enough- the U.S. Woman’s Soccer Team, freaking World Cup champions, came out on stage with her! They were in NYC for the parade, but Taylor got them on her stage. It was more GIRL POWER than anyone’s seen since the Spice Girls. IT WAS AWESOME.
Taylor Swift 1989 Tour Concert!
I had a great time. I mean, I don’t know if I’d recommend spending hundreds of dollars on a ticket. I certainly wouldn’t recommend you bring a child under age 8 (there were plenty of younger kids). But if you can score free entry like I did, YOU HAVE to go next time she’s in town. Or at a city near you.
And if you keep telling me I look like Taylor Swift, I’m totally taking it as a complement.