In September's Vanity Fair cover-story, Taylor Swift opens up about her legendary girl posse — which includes the likes of Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez, and a bunch of other people you’ve probably seen on Instagram -- telling writer Josh Duboff that friendship comes before romance when you’re in the Swift Squad.
“We even have girls in our group who have dated the same people,” Swift says. “It’s almost like the sisterhood has such a higher place on the list of priorities for us. It’s so much more important than some guy that it didn’t work out with.”
As she has been wont to do lately, Swift invokes feminism and female solidarity as the basis for her ever-expanding group of gal pals.
“When you’ve got this group of girls who need each other as much as we need each other, in this climate, when it’s so hard for women to be understood and portrayed the right way in the media... now more than ever we need to be good and kind to each other and not judge each other," she continues. "And just because you have the same taste in men, we don’t hold that against each other."
Swift also spoke out about her reconciliation with Kanye West, explaining that her friendship with Jay Z is what eventually enabled her to bury the hatchet with a guy who once ripped a microphone out of her hands on live television.
“I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me—so it was the same issue, and we both reached the same place at the same time,” Swift explained. “I became friends with Jay Z, and I think it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along. . . . And then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.”
Read more excerpts from the piece, including Swift’s thoughts on Apple (they "reacted to criticism with humility") and Spotify (a "start-up with no cash flow"), over at Vanity Fair. The full piece rolls out in digital editions on August 6th and on newsstands August 11th.