"I now can really recognise and diagnose toxic messages being sent to me by society, by culture about my body,” she said in a new interview with British Vogue. "I'm a woman, I'm not a coat hanger. I need to feel healthy in my life, and I need to take pleasure in food, and I need to not use my body as an exercise of control when I feel out of control in my life."
The singer equated the last few years of her life to trying on a bunch of clothes in a costume shop before walking out in her regular outfit. In short? She’s “cool” with who she is.
"There were times when I played hundreds of shows in a year and I was like seventeen years old, and I would get exhausted and burned out," she continued. "Now I can work the amount that I know I'm capable of handling, which is an extreme luxury. I know that."
A for what she’s looking forward to most about this milestone birthday? “ Feeling a bit more secure . . . a bit.”
These refreshingly honest comments echo those Taylor made in an interview with Elle Magazine earlier this year, in which she listed 30 things she'd learned before turning 30.
"I learned to stop hating every ounce of fat on my body," she wrote. "I worked hard to retrain my brain that a little extra weight means curves, shinier hair, and more energy. I think a lot of us push the boundaries of dieting, but taking it too far can be really dangerous. There is no quick fix. I work on accepting my body every day."