Taylor Swift Has Some Surprising Role Models

They're not who you'd expect.

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You might assume that a female musician as wildly successful as Taylor Swift would have a few lady role models in the industry who've helped inspire her career and future goals.

But according to Swift, there aren't any. Not-a-one. And, as she told Time (via ET), it's all because of the media.

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Explains Swift, "I just struggle to find a woman in music who hasn't been completely picked apart by the media, or scrutinized and criticized for aging, or criticized for fighting aging—it just seems to be much more difficult to be a woman in music and to grow older [...] We're taught to find examples for the way we want our lives to wind up. But I can't find anyone, really, who's had the same career trajectory as mine."

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It's a depressing sentiment—but Swifty does have a point.

Still, it's not like she's completely icon-less. "I do have female role models in the sense of actresses like Mariska Hargitay. I think she has a beautiful life, and an incredible career, and I think she's built that for herself." (Reminder: Tay-Tay named her cat after Hargitay's Law & Order: SVU character Olivia Benson.)

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She's also apparently a fan of TV chefs, naming Ina Garten, the Food Network's Barefoot Contessa, as another woman she admires, for "how she sticks to who she is, and how people relate to it." Maybe a "Bake It Off" cooking show could be in Swift's future, after all...

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