Taylor Swift graced the cover of Elle magazine this month, where she wrote "30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30." The list is personal and full of wisdom and I'm completely obsessed with it.
One of the things Taylor spoke about in the list was her decision to talk more openly about politics. You probably remember that during midterm elections in October 2018, the 30-year-old star — for the first time publicly — endorsed a Democratic candidate.
"I’m finding my voice in terms of politics," she wrote in the Elle essay.
"I took a lot of time educating myself on the political system and the branches of government that are signing off on bills that affect our day-to-day life. I saw so many issues that put our most vulnerable citizens at risk, and felt like I had to speak up to try and help make a change."
She said up until recently, she had not felt informed enough to speak on politics. "Only as someone approaching 30 did I feel informed enough to speak about it to my 114 million followers."
Taylor also said she plans to use her influence more. "Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric."
"I’m going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year."
Yes, we do! Thank you, Taylor. For opening up, for speaking out, and for using your VOICE!