“I have lots of short-term goals.”“To be able to save somebody if they’re drowning,” she says. “So CPR, all the various kinds of chest compressions.People tell you little tips, but that’s different from actually taking a class and getting certified.”“No.
And so I stretched every single day for a year until I could do a split.
Somehow I feel better knowing that I can.”I ask her if she’d ever consider launching a fashion line.“Theoretically, yes,” she says. And a lot of things I wear are not highly expensive.”In May, Swift will cochair the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s 2016 gala, for the exhibition “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.” It is a topic Swift—easily one of the biggest style icons of the social-media era—understands better than most, from technology’s ability to shape trends to its growing influence on creativity and design.
Many of the wedding guests have known her for just as long. Andrea is powering down the road, and Swift, dressed in a caramel-colored Reformation jacket and a pair of black jeans, is sitting passenger side.
To them, Swift is not the superstar who, a handful of days ago, stood on a stage in Los Angeles and accepted a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the first woman to win that prize twice. This area around Reading and its adjacent town, Wyomissing, is rich with pastoral roads marked by open fields and stone homes, and the kind of rolling countryside that makes you want to saddle up and ride a horse—which Swift did as a child.“That was kind of my mom’s thing,” Taylor says.
“But I never wanted to bother you.” The Schaeffers confess they lived here for a while before they learned about the famous former resident. There’s the living room where the Swifts put their family Christmas tree. She’s thrilled but also beside herself that her two daughters are away skiing for the day.“You want to see your room? We go upstairs into a small corner room where a tiny Taylor used to demand three books and five songs every night. I ask her: When was the last time you were in a place where nobody in the press had any idea you were there—no reporters, no photographers? “If I go somewhere and stay in a house, nobody knows.”Swift says she is ready to lie a little low.