OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift Learns the Squint, Pout and Trot

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Ellen DeGeneres claims she taught Taylor Swift to be the cover girl that she is today. (They are both spokesmodels for Cover Girl.) So on Wednesday’s (May 11) The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she had Swift demonstrate to viewers how to get that supermodel look: Squint your eyes, pout your lips, walk with a trot and look angry that you’re so pretty. And when DeGeneres asked her what she was doing before she taught her all this, Swift gave her scripted answer, “Getting drunk with strangers at a bus station?” Then they talked about how Cover Girl products are made with real diamonds and magic. It’s all very funny. Then DeGeneres showed a montage of clips from all the times Swift has been on the show — from the time she played “Our Song” a hundred years ago to when DeGeneres surprised her with a visit from industry crush Justin Timberlake. Swift talked openly about her new house in Los Angeles (but said Nashville is always going to be home for her), her lack of privacy (she’s OK with it) and her upcoming idea to open her tour rehearsals to help raise money for the victims of the recent tornadoes and floods. She ended her visit with a performance of her latest song “The Story of Us,” in a black miniskirt, white blouse and necktie.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.