Taylor Swift Is Definitely Famous — Just Look At Her Entourage!

Taylor SwiftHow can I tell Taylor Swift is one of music’s biggest artists? Not by record sales — although her self-titled debut has sold more than 3.5 million copies — and not by the company she’s kept, because dating Joe Jonas isn’t a firm indicator that you’ve achieved fame. It just isn’t.

Me? I can tell Swift’s a megastar because of who she rolls with.

About a year ago, when I spotted Swift hanging out in the MTV Newsroom with our own Kim Stolz, I immediately assumed she was a model. Given Kim’s stint on “America’s Next Top Model,” I just figured one of her model pals had stopped by to see our operation. After all, Swift is breathtakingly gorgeous — some models would kill to have her bone structure and honest eyes. I had no idea Swift was actually a recording artist at the time, because she was alone and not surrounded by publicists or managers or label-types. It was just Taylor, standing tall and blond in the Newsroom, as unassuming as one of our new interns.

But, that was last year, long before she was an award-winning artist, long before she co-hosted the VMA pre-show and long before she was gracing national magazine covers. When Swift was back in our office this week, she wasn’t alone.


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Like pretty much every famous person who visits our offices, Swift now had an entire entourage surrounding her: Not only was her mom on hand, but so was her bodyguard (a must-have for anyone who’s acquired some measure of fame), her publicist, her stylist and a handful of label peeps. There was also a videographer chasing her tail, as well as a photographer from USA Today.

She swept in, sat down for her on-camera interview, and was whisked away just as quickly by her handlers — there was no hanging around in the Newsroom to shoot the breeze this time. But I’ll always remember the Taylor Swift I first noticed — cute, friendly and not-so-famous.