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Taylor Swift Declared Maxim's Hottest Woman; Taylor Shakes it Off

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Taylor Swift is the hottest woman on the planet right now, according to Maxim. And it’s partly because she doesn’t care about being hot, they say.

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Swift is featured on the cover of the mag’s summer Hot List issue where she’s described as “the world’s most relevant and intriguing woman” and “the quintessential American success story.”

Maxim writes:

...She is also deeply unconcerned with whether or not you consider her attractive, which of course only makes her more so.

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Right... The dark, inquisitive cover shot looks like an outtake from Swift’s previous Wonderland cover shoot by photographer Thomas Whiteside. In the brief interview, Swift speaks about her 1989 tour and why she’s such an awkward, anti-social recluse:

...how do you make time for all your friendships? It seems like everyone is your best friend. Can I be your best friend?

[Laughs] Thankfully, 10 years into my career now, I’ve learned how to work in a smarter way. You have to have time to breathe and have a happy life, and friendships are so important to me. Thankfully—thanks to the fans—now we get to play stadiums, so we do two or three stadium shows a week. I’ll see my friends in whichever city I’m closer to.

And Swift explains again how she tripped into the bosom of feminism:

“Honestly, I didn’t have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger. I didn’t quite see all the ways that feminism is vital to growing up in the world we live in. I think that when I used to say, ‘Oh, feminism’s not really on my radar,’ it was because when I was just seen as a kid, I wasn’t as threatening. I didn’t see myself being held back until I was a woman. Or the double standards in headlines, the double standards in the way stories are told, the double standards in the way things are perceived. A man writing about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave; a woman writing about her feelings from a vulnerable place is oversharing or whining. Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born. So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it’s just basically another word for equality.

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A good year to be Taylor Swift. She says, “This year has been my favorite year of my life so far.”

Image via Maxim

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DISCUSSION

That male gaze double standard makes me want to chew my own fingers off in frustration. Of course she cares about how she looks. I love Taylor Swift but you’d have to be an idiot to not see how carefully she chooses what she wears or how she looks even if she’s just skipping out to the Duane Reade. Saying she’s hot because she “doesn’t care about being hot” is the type of ignorant male gibberish that claims women look best with no make up when “no make up” is really foundation, concealer, blush, eyeshadow and lip gloss. They have just no idea and it hurts everyone because we’re all held up to this bullshit, untrainable idea of rolling out of bed and looking like ineffable, perfect skinned beauties.