OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift On Emulating Effervescence

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If all you knew of Taylor Swift was that she is 22 and very famous and an international singing sensation, you might throw her into a bundle with the Katy Perrys and Lady Gagas of the world. But you know who she'd actually like to be like? Kris Kristofferson. Yes, the legendary 75-year-old singer, songwriter and actor. Swift told Vogue magazine he is someone she'd like to emulate. "He is so versatile and so appreciated for all of the things that he has done," she said. "The fact that he shines in songwriting, shines in his solo career, shines in movies and does it all so tastefully. I got to meet him last year, and he's just one of those people who has been in this business for years, but you can tell it hasn't chewed him up and spit him out. He just seemed like the human embodiment of gratitude." Then she adds that she has met a few people who are affected by all of it. "It" being fame, I think. "Where ambition has taken precedence over happiness," she explains. "But when I meet people who really embody this serenity of knowing that they have had an amazing life -- James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson, and Ethel Kennedy. They just seem to be effervescent." I don't know what Taylor, Kristofferson and Kennedy were like when they were just 22, but it seems like Swift is definitely on the right path. So far, so good.

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