Taylor Swift Expresses Gratitude for Her Country Past
Taylor Swift changed the face of country music when she burst onto the scene in 2006 with "Tim McGraw," the debut single from her eponymous freshman album. But while Swift has now gracefully moved into pop music, with her 1989 album quickly selling more than a million copies shortly after its October 2014 release, Swift says that she is immensely grateful for the foundation she laid in the country genre.
"I feel no need to burn down the house I built by hand," Swift tells Elle magazine. "I can make additions to it. I can redecorate. But I built this. And so I'm not going to sit there and say, 'Oh, I wish I hadn't had corkscrew-curly hair and worn cowboy boots and sundresses to awards shows when I was 17; I wish I hadn't gone through that fairy-tale phase where I just wanted to wear princess dresses to awards shows every single time.'"
The 25-year-old owns all of the decisions she made over the past nine years -- both good and bad -- and says that they all helped her get to where she is today.
"I made those choices," Swift maintains. "I did that. It was part of me growing up. It wasn't some committee going, 'You know what Taylor needs to be this year?' And so with 1989, I feel like we gave the entire metaphorical house I built a complete renovation, and it made me love the house even more — but still keeping the foundation of what I've always been."
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