I don't think that country has been very strong for quite some time now and a great deal of the blame for that rests on the shoulders of today's Hot or Not chick as well as her pop-tarty brethren (sistathren?). Call me crazy but there was a time when country singers didn't spend half their waking hours setting up "candid" shots of them and their new actor beau for the paparazzi or charming their way into shitty rom-coms, right? Not that that would alter your perceptions on the question at hand.
She's a cute little beast of a chick, ain't she? The thing that is most striking to me about Swift is that she's 5'11", putting her in the Mandy Moore category of tall hotties, something that doesn't happen often even if the fashion magazines would like to sell you on beautiful chicks being tall. This adds to Swift's appeal for me, oddly enough, because I always heavily covet what I myself do not possess.
The TV trailers which have been airing in my local market for COUNTRY STRONG feature the much more appealing Leighton Meester thanking another country singer for comparing her attractiveness to that of Country Barbie. After seeing the mannequin posture and frozen expression on Taylor's face for the American Music Awards in late 2010, that's exactly the phrase which came to mind. She looks about as empty as you'd imagine a 5'11" strip of plastic to be.
Taylor's a cutie. She's way too skinny for my personal tastes but I don't think she carries it that way because she's not eating. She's a tall, lanky girl with good handlers making sure that she's red-carpet pretty rather than the gawky chick she'd be if she didn't have the talent to play guitar and warble pop tunes. But let's face it, that's what she is. A pop singer. Trying to sell her as something more substantial (i.e. hot instead of just plain cute) is laughable.
What are your thoughts on Taylor Swift?