In a room full of teenage girls with either her face on their shirt or her lyrics drawn on their clothes and bodies, Swift makes a remarkable effort to remind them she used to be one of them. She talks about someone not returning your What’s App immediately (“it’s just rude,” she quips) or people who are afraid to commit, while stating that anyone should be honored to date you. She also talks about the importance of female friendships, connecting to music on a bad day and finding magic and romance in solitude. Swift is less of a rock star flirting with the common crowd and more of a motivational speaker rallying for change. She knows her audience is listening and she uses her up close and personal time with them wisely. It’s a confirmation of what anyone who has blown past Swift’s ever changing cool factor among different demographics already knows; this is one intelligent lady. It’s the quick wit and self-referential humor she expresses in unscripted moments, like when one of her contact lenses shifts during a speech, that solidify her likability as a human being.
For all her social messages and intimate revelations, Swift doesn’t forget to put on a show. Every song features a significant style, from wardrobe to graphics projected on the big screen. The rotating stage makes sure every part of the room gets her attention. Most of all, her beautiful voice carries on like an unstoppable force of nature, whether she’s singing an updated version of one of her most famous older songs or shaking it off with her dancers and her band. Still, the songs are played endlessly on every popular radio station. The songs everyone knew already. It’s the talks that are new. Like the one about friendship with Taylor Swift only having two qualifications. One is liking her. The second is wanting to spend time with her. By her own definition, she reckons, everyone in the room is her friend. And as thousands of lights flicker in unison to the beat of her music, at least for a couple of hours, that sure feels true.