The End of America's Sweetheart

The End of America's Sweetheart

Not the First Time Taylor Swift has switched her Brand
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When Kim Kardashian posted videos of Taylor Swift supporting Kanye West's use of her name in a verse in his song Famous, the internet had a field day. This is only the latest installment in the years long feud between West and Swift which began in 2009 when West interrupted Swift's Grammy acceptance speech to let the crowd and world know that "Beyonce had the best music video of all time." Since then the two artists have apparently mended things, with West sending Swift a large bouquet of flowers in 2015 and the two taking pictures together at the Grammys that same year. However, they were back on hot coals earlier this year when Swift made an acceptance speech at the 2016 Grammys that clearly showed offense to West's use of her name on his newly released album The Life of Pablo. Things really got interesting however, when Kim Kardashian released a GQ interview claiming that Swift had known about and supported the lyrics all along. What was once a very interesting claim has now been supported by footage of West and Swift's phone call, and the Swift that we thought we knew is starting to look a little bit different. Long seen as America's sweetheart, Swift seems less innocent now. However, being the savvy business women that she is (and her agents are), it is difficult to believe that Swift let this situation spiral so far out of control. From her reps strongly denying that Taylor had ever heard the lyrics to her rather weak response on Twitter, it seems as though Swift never saw this coming. However, her flawless career, which included a transition from backwoods country girl to international pop sensation would lead us to believe otherwise. What we could be witnessing is the dawn of a new Swift era. Just as she outgrew her country croons, she is shedding her title as America's good girl. She is going for a look that is edgier and more mysterious. More polarizing? Yes. More mature and interesting? Definitely. The drama with the Kardashian-West family coupled with her highly discussed relationship with Tom Hiddleston are both out of character for the typically controlled Swift. So before we laud Kim Kardashian for pulling the rug out fro under Swift (arguably one of the most articulate and beautiful uses of internet shade) we should see what Swift has next, because this could be a part of a totally new and just as marketable look.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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7 Of My Favorite Quotes Ever

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world" -Robin Williams, one of my favorite quotes about words and their power.

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I've always found myself drawn to poetry and books, quotes and words. It's such a beautiful thing to find words that resonate so deeply with my soul. Words, whether from books or songs or people, have the power to awaken emotions, develop dreams, and stimulate the imagination. The seven following quotes have stuck with me and deeply moved me in one way or another.

1. "Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet" -Stephen Hawking

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The entire quote is a bit longer, but the same message of appreciating the beauty of this world still stands. The stars and just the universe have always been a calming and inspiring presence in my life, reassuring me that life is beautiful; we exist in this big beautiful world and get to experience all these little things, like looking up at stars in the night sky.

2. "You're only given a little spark of madness; you mustn't lose it" -Robin Williams

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Robin Williams is one of my biggest inspirations. I truly believe that he influenced so many people with his love, kindness, and warmth, bringing smiles to millions. This quote reminds me to hold onto what makes me unique and different, and also to fully embrace that.

3. "In the end, we'll all become stories" -Margaret Atwood

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This quote is super inspiring to me, because it's basically a reminder to live your best life. Live a life that would make a wonderful story and one you would want to read.

4. "Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart" -Winnie the Pooh

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Ok so yes, Winnie the Pooh is actually so profound. The books and movies were my childhood favorites, so the quotes are very interesting to read now since they have such deeper meaning to me. This one specifically echoes my deep love for the happy little moments that make life better.

5. "Look at the stars, look how they shine for you" -Coldplay (Yellow)

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Another quote about stars, because I just couldn't resist. Stars and the night sky truly are magical, and the fact that we are so small in this universe makes everything seem better. It's a nice thought that the stars shine for us to see.

6. "Thanks for the adventure - now go have a new one!" -Disney Pixar's "Up"

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"Up" is definitely one of my favorite movies ever. And this quote perfectly illustrates the way I wish to live, from adventure to adventure. Life really is a series of adventures, where we meet new people and see new sights, learning all the way.

7. "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light" -J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series undoubtedly changed my life, and this is one of the most meaningful quotes found in those books. It's quite a straightforward quote, but the idea of finding happiness and making the best out of life with an optimistic perspective strongly resonates with me.

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