I’ll be honest and the first one to admit that I’ve never been the biggest Taylor Swift fan. Sure, she has some catchy songs (“You need to calm down” is currently on repeat on my workout playlist..) but other than that, I know very little of her, except everything that’s been portrayed in the media.. And this documentary, is a proof that the media sometimes twist, turn and misrepresent the truth and real life..
Miss Americana is a 2020 Netflix Original American documentary film, directed by Emmy-winning director Lana Wilson, that follows American singer/songwriter Taylor Swift and her life over the course of several years of her career.
Despite facing some tough challenges throughout her career and life, Taylor Swift is still a global icon who repeatedly tops the charts, fills stadium tours with rapturous fans, and continues to challenge herself both professionally and personally while remaining steadfast in her vision as an artist. Few have achieved as much as Swift, or have had their personal lives open to such public scrutiny, but in Miss Americana, she finds herself at a watershed moment in her career, using her platform not only as a singer-songwriter, but as a woman fearlessly utilizing her powerful voice to the fullest.
This documentary highlight the life of a girl, who most of her life, has been obsessed with the idea of “being a good girl”. As a female songwriter and artist, she was always encouraged and careful to not voice her political opinions in public (she remembers all too well the backlash that the Dixie Chicks faced in 2003 after lead singer Natalie Maines said she was ashamed of President George W. Bush). However, after being sexually assaulted in 2013 and winning the $1 lawsuit against her perpetrator, the assault trial was the catalyst for Swift’s political outspokenness (read more about it here). Taylor Swift is a world leading songwriter and artist, but also she’s also “the all American girl”. A girl who drinks wine with ice cubs, travel with her cats in a backpack, and didn’t try a burrito until she was 26 years old. She’s struggled with eating disorders for years, have matching pajamas + socks, and does her own professional manicures. Despite overcoming some of her psychological insecurities, she still thinks she only has a few years left where the public will “allow her to be successful”.
Have you watched “Miss Americana”? If not, I highly recommend it! 🙂 It can be found on Netflix.