Taylor Swift Explains How She Built Her Celebrity Posse

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It’s long since been established that Taylor Swift is down-to-earth, charming and astonishingly talented. So it makes perfect sense that she would be the leader of a pretty awesome celebrity girl gang.

Some members of Taylor’s A-list female posse include Selena Gomez, supermodel Karlie Kloss, Lorde and Girls star and director Lena Dunham. During a recent sit down with Billboard Magazine, Swift — who was just named the mag’s Woman of the Year — dished about the importance of surrounding herself with strong female friends.

“Every one of my friendships has a unique and odd beginning,” explained the 24-year-old. Take how she first linked up with Lena Dunham, for example: “I was watching Girls and I thought, ‘How mind-blowing is it that this girl is writing, directing and acting in this incredibly profound, raw, authentic view of being a woman in your mid-20s?’ So I went to Lena’s Twitter and she was following me… so I followed her, and immediately got a direct message back saying, ‘When can we hang out? We need to be best friends.’ ” Sounds simple enough, right?

Consider how Taylor first met 18-year-old breakout sensation Lorde as exhibit B. Swift sent the New Zealand star flowers to congratulate her on the success of her first album, Pure Heroine, and the pair hit it off from there.

“I never thought too hard about it,” she said of her many friendships, “but you’ll notice a lot of celebrity-type people tend to surround themselves with people whose lives revolve around them.”

We already know from her personal and authentic relationships with fans, Swift is definitely not the type of celeb who wants disingenuous people around her. No fake friends allowed in her circle.

“I feel uncomfortable being the No. 1 priority in my friends’ lives — I want to be there to make their lives more fun, if they need to talk, to be there for spontaneous and exciting adventures, but I don’t want friends who don’t have a life outside of me,” revealed Swift. “So whether it’s Karlie, who loves what she does in fashion, or Lily Aldridge or Lena or my [childhood] friend Abigail, whose job is making sure that veterans get their compensation checks, the one thing they all have in common is that they love what they do. They have me in their life because they want me in their life, not because they gain from it.”

Read Taylor’s full interview, including her musings on her latest platinum-selling album 1989 and the future of the music industry, in the December 13 issue of Billboard.


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