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Swift appeared on the 15th of February 2016 at her most anticipated public appearance yet. Following her tension-building silence on Kanye West’s latest publicity stunt “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” The media world anticipated Swift’s arrival at the 2016 Grammy Awards more than ever.
The star appeared on the red carpet sporting a harsh fringe and short bob, a huge image change presenting her as a serious businesswoman. The bob served a clear likeness to Anna Wintour, arguably the most powerful woman in the fashion industry, but the similarities between them are more than aesthetic.
Marc Jacobs told the Wall Street Journal that Wintour’s genius “is picking people very astutely, whether in politics, movies, sports or fashion.” Not dissimilar to Swift’s array of special guests on her recent 1989 tour, including tennis star Serena Williams, actress Julia Roberts and fashion models Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner. Swift’s business-driven mind (and probably her publicist) is set to associate her with some of the most powerful and famous people in the world, the majority being women. These stage appearances are much like Wintour’s highly publicised friendships with everyone from the US First Lady Michelle Obama, media powerhouse Kim Kardashian, designer Karl Lagerfeld and actress Sarah Jessica Parker.
The similarities don’t end there. Filmmaker R. J. Cutler once said, “You can make a film in Hollywood without Steven Spielberg’s blessing, and you can publish software in Silicon Valley without Bill Gates’s blessing, but it’s pretty clear to me you can’t succeed in the fashion industry without Anna Wintour’s blessing.” Similarly, it seems you can’t succeed in the music industry without Swift’s blessing. Last year Swift removed her entire music catalogue from streaming giant Spotify over her lack of royalties from the service. She also recently clashed with Apple Music due to artists not receiving royalties during a three month free trial period. After publishing a very public open letter to the company, Swift’s influence led to Apple entirely changing its contracts to permenantly pay all artists their full royalties.
Swift seems to be constantly solidifying her position in popular culture, as it seems she is fast-approaching Wintour’s level of influence. Both women are admirably developing their fields and endlessly calling the shots.