A few weeks ago, Taylor Swift posted an unusually-revealing Instagram pic of herself in a bikini while on vacation in Maui with her friends. Taylor isn’t the type of girl who traditionally blasts out selfies of what she looks like in a bikini. Taylor is all about leaving things to the imagination. But it turns out the reason for the post is more a big ole “fuck you” to the paparazzi following her around on vacation more than anything. Here’s what she told BBC Radio:
“My security gets out the binoculars and sees that they have a huge long lens camera,” the pop singer told BBC Radio. “At which point, we go back to the beach and realize, ‘OK, so they got pictures of us in our bikinis.’”
“I don’t want them to make, like, $100,000 — for a bikini shot. And so we’re like, ‘Get up on the bow of the boat: we’re taking better bikini shots so that they don’t make as much money on theirs.”
“We found out later they had been everywhere we were,” she said. “I’ve never seen such stealth mode paparazzi, like, three miles away, long-lensing it up.” via
I respect the hell out of that move. You get to give a middle finger to a scummy industry that shamelessly tries to profit off of more or less stalking you (and other celebrities) while gifting the world with a never-before-seen bikini pic. Everyone wins.
Let’s hope this trend continues.