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6 Reasons Taylor Swift Is The Music Business' Ultimate Girl #Boss

These examples prove Taylor's sometimes eyebrow-raising business moves are actually super savvy.

In an industry that sometimes seems saturated with phony players, Taylor Swift is the rare artist who demands respect by controlling every aspect of her career. It’s just one of the many reasons we love her -- and why she’s constantly showered with awards like Billboard’s prestigious Woman of the Year honor (which she's nabbed twice, BTW).

From shutting down pesky paps to standing up against streaming on principle, these business-savvy accomplishments prove that when it comes to protecting herself and her art, Taylor’s not afraid to be "a nightmare dressed like a daydream."

  1. Buying Potential Porn Websites

    Earlier this month, Taylor made headlines when she purchased the domain names TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult. Stay with us here; this isn’t as gross as it sounds. By snatching up those sites before anyone else could, she and her team took a precautionary move to prevent porn producers from cashing in on her name, thus protecting her image and interests.

  2. Insuring Her Legs

    Earlier this month, it was reported that Taylor had insured her legs for a cool $40 million. Yes, that’s a perplexingly astronomical price tag, but whatever the actual number, it absolutely makes sense for a performer who’s about to embark on a worldwide tour. Tay and her team likely want to make sure that if she somehow got injured and wasn’t able to perform anymore, her financial loss would be less devastating. Touring is a huge part of her income, so this would definitely ranks as a smart protective measure.

  3. Copyrighting Random Lyrics

    Last October, just before 1989 was released, Taylor applied to trademark a handful of phrases from the now-multiplatinum album, including “party like it’s 1989,” “this sick beat,” and “can show you incredible things.” Merchandise sales drive a ton of revenue for artists these days, which is why Taylor and Beyonce are making moves like this to make sure they’re the only ones who profit from their work.

  4. Posting Bikini Pics On Instagram

    We’re all familiar with the confounding saga of Tay’s belly button and its formerly speculative existence, right? In a nutshell, she once vowed that we’d never see it because she wanted it to be a “mystery,” and she held strong for a long, long time. But on a tropical excursion to Maui with pals Haim earlier this year, she flaunted her navel for all of Instagram to see.

    In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Tay explained that decision by saying it was all part of her strategy to get rid of some peeping paparazzi who had been lurking nearby. “I don’t want them to make like $100,000 for stalking us,” Tay said. “So we’re like, ‘Get up on the bow of the boat, we’re taking better bikini shots.’ So they don’t make as much money on theirs!” When it comes to dealing with paps, Tay’s basically a pro at making sure she does things on her own terms.

  5. Saying ‘No’ To Streaming

    Late last year, Tay stunned fans and industry players alike when she not only neglected to stream 1989 on Spotify, but also abruptly yanked her entire back catalog from the streaming service. She explained the decision in a Wall Street Journal essay, writing, “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.”

    Similarly, Taylor’s reps recently confirmed to MTV News that while her back catalog will be available on Jay Z’s streaming service, Tidal, 1989 won't be offered -- despite initial reports. Taylor’s steadfast crusade against free streaming is considered controversial by some, but is also potentially pioneering. By asserting her ownership of her art -- as well as the right to profit from it the way she sees fit -- she’s definitely making a case for other artists to follow suit.

  6. TL;DR: Taylor Swift is a badass boss lady who’s probably going to take over the world someday.

    Technically, this isn't a reason -- it's a prediction. But you can thank us later.