Nashville powerhouse Taylor Swift may sometimes catch flak from country fans as being more of a pop singer than anything, but one country girl who's got her back is Miranda Lambert. The currently reigning CMA and ACM female vocalist of the year defends Swift as having done nothing but help country music's image.
"Taylor Swift is a pop singer," Lambert noted in a recent interview with W Magazine. "But she really helped country music. When she hit, I was thinking, 'Thank God Taylor's out there to show people we're not cheesy.' Photo by Santiago & Mauricio, courtesy W Magazine
"Some people still think that country music is twangy and cheesy, and they pigeonhole us," she added. "But I thought, 'If they're looking for Taylor's videos or songs, they might see or hear other people they like. If her fans are watching for her, they might like me too.'"
Besides her kind words for Swift, Lambert's interview features a striking photo spread of old-school-style glamour shots (see them all here). Despite the fact she clearly enjoys heels and makeup, Lambert confessed to W that she's a tough girl at heart.
"When I started out, I'd only wear jeans and tank tops. No dresses," she asserts. "I didn't want these dudes in the bars that I was playing to look me up and down because I'm a blonde girl with blue eyes. I wanted to be heard, not seen. That's how it all started."
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