Taylor Swift‘s documentary, Miss Americana premiered on Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival where viewers were left awestruck by the realistic glimpse into the American singer-songwriter’s life. Among many things, Swift revealed how she struggled with an eating disorder in the past and how that period of her life affected her. “It’s not good for me to see pictures of myself every day,” said the Shake It Off singer in a voiceover as the narrative shows her being harassed by photographers outside her front entryway. She added, “It’s only happened a few times, and I’m not in any way proud of it.”
Swift also revealed that this stage went on for quite a long time, and when she wasn’t eating less, she would keep a rundown of all that she ate and rehearsed ceaselessly until she was a UK size two. The Lover singer opened up for the first time about this issue in an interview with Variety. She said, “I remember how, when I was 18, that was the first time I was on the cover of a magazine. And the headline was like ‘Pregnant at 18?’ And it was because I had worn something that made my lower stomach look not flat.”
Swift added, “Women are held to such a ridiculous standard of beauty, and we’re seeing so much on social media that makes us feel like we are less than, or we’re not what we should be.” The Bad Blood hitmaker also credited celebrities like British actor Jameela Jamil by saying, “The way she speaks about body image, it’s almost like she speaks in a hook. If you read her quotes about women and body image and aging and the way that women are treated in our industry and portrayed in the media, I swear the way she speaks is like lyrics, and it gets stuck in my head and it calms me down.”
Taylor Swift: Miss Americana is set to release on Netflix on January 31. Watch the trailer for the documentary below.