People didn’t think of Taylor Swift as a glamor queen when she started. She was a real person who walked down the street in a pack with six other girls talking on her cell phone. As a young songwriter, she didn’t try to be something that she wasn’t. She just wrote about something she knew about: boys. And it resonated with her audience. And they held her up as a generational voice because of it. That’s what it takes, being honest and real. She wasn’t brazen, she wasn’t pushing sexuality. She was the conservative Middle America girl who said it for the Harpeth Hall girls and the Hillsboro High girls. She was the girl next door. She was a country music Madonna. She changed country music, then she crossed over to change pop music too.
—Chris Gantry on Taylor Swift (x)