Months after she was banned from Triple J’s Hottest 100 (despite receiving enough votes for a high placing), Taylor Swift has topped Maxim‘s annual Hot 100 list.
The 25-year-old singer has claimed the top spot in the US magazine’s “Hot List”, which will be released in full in June.
“It’s really nice and such an incredible compliment,” Swift said about the title.
Swift has used the interview that accompanied the crowning to talk about her views on feminism and misogyny.
“Honestly, I didn’t have an accurate definition of feminism when I was younger,” she said. “I didn’t quite see all the ways that feminism is vital to growing up in the world we live in. I think that when I used to say, ‘Oh, feminism’s not really on my radar,’ it was because when I was just seen as a kid, I wasn’t as threatening. I didn’t see myself being held back until I was a woman.”
Swift attacked the “double standards in the way things are perceived” in the media. “A man writing about his feelings from a vulnerable place is brave; a woman writing about her feelings from a vulnerable place is oversharing or whining,” she said. “Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born. So to me, feminism is probably the most important movement that you could embrace, because it’s just basically another word for equality.”
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