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    The Evolution Of Taylor Swift's Feminist Awakening

    With a little help from her friend Lena Dunham, Swift says she now identifies as a feminist.

    For some time, Taylor Swift shied away from the feminist label.

    When The Daily Beast asked Swift if she was a feminist back in 2012, she said:

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    The pop star's fans still insisted that she empowered other women.

    And some even went to extremes to show how feminist and T. Swift go together:

    Maybe we got lost in translation / Maybe I asked for too much / But maybe equal pay and control over my own body are reasonable demands?

    FeministTaylorSwift@feministtswift

    Maybe we got lost in translation / Maybe I asked for too much / But maybe equal pay and control over my own body are reasonable demands?

    11:11 PM - 27 Jun 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Romeo, save me / They're trying to tell me how to feel / Modern feminism is difficult / But it's real / -ly important

    FeministTaylorSwift@feministtswift

    Romeo, save me / They're trying to tell me how to feel / Modern feminism is difficult / But it's real / -ly important

    12:33 PM - 27 Jul 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

    But in an interview with The Guardian, Swift is now calling herself a feminist. Loud and proud.

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    According to Beyoncé, Chimamanda Adichie, and Merriam-Webster, this is the definition of the word "feminist":

    She even credits her friend Lena Dunham for helping her come into her feminist awakening.

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    Dunham *applauded* T. Swift for her ability to grow and change in such a public way.

    Applause for @taylorswift13's spot on definition of feminism (and NOT because she mentions me) http://t.co/0JiLTgBz3d

    Lena Dunham@lenadunham

    Applause for @taylorswift13's spot on definition of feminism (and NOT because she mentions me) http://t.co/0JiLTgBz3d

    12:40 PM - 24 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Taylor recognizes that at its core it's not about radicalism or rage, but equality. Her willingness to own the term means much to many...

    Lena Dunham@lenadunham

    Taylor recognizes that at its core it's not about radicalism or rage, but equality. Her willingness to own the term means much to many...

    12:42 PM - 24 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    She's been my feminist role model for a long time. And I cannot fucking wait for her VMA performance.

    Lena Dunham@lenadunham

    She's been my feminist role model for a long time. And I cannot fucking wait for her VMA performance.

    12:43 PM - 24 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    When someone grows, changes and shows their vulnerability and evolution publicly... That's a gift they give to us that we should honor.

    Lena Dunham@lenadunham

    When someone grows, changes and shows their vulnerability and evolution publicly... That's a gift they give to us that we should honor.

    12:54 PM - 24 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Congrats, Taylor.

    Welcome to the club.

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