Here’s Why Taylor Swift Finally Showed The World Her Belly Button

Remember last month, when Taylor Swift finally revealed her belly button on Instagram after hiding it for years? It’d become a highly sought-after sight, especially after she told Lucky a few months ago that she doesn’t like showing it because “when you start showing your belly button then you’re really committing to the midriff thing. I only partially commit to the midriff thing—you’re only seeing lower rib cage.” (Props to Taylor’s marketing skills for turning something as simple as a belly button into a publicity gold mine,BTW.) It was a relief to see this photo provide proof that she wasn’t covering up a robot battery pack in her belly button’s place all these years, but her sudden choice to set it free was perplexing. She at last shared her photo-planting strategy with BBC Radio this week, explaining that she was on a Maui vacation with the ladies of HAIM and had spent the trip dodging the paparazzi:

“We weren’t going to [Instagram photos]. I have a camera that I really love and we were just taking pictures for fun. We spent this whole trip feeling like, ‘This is amazing. We’re so sly. There’s no paparazzi anywhere.’ And I’m always checking. I’m looking a mile away. It’s been ten years of this. I know how to spot a lens. I know how to hear the faint clicking sounds a mile away. There was nothing. I swear…Basically, on the last day [of the trip] we see a fishing boat a half a mile away. We were like, ‘That’s a little weird. We’re in the middle of the ocean scuba diving.’ My security gets out binoculars and sees that they have a huge long-lens camera. At which point, we go back to the beach and we realize, ‘Okay so they got pictures of us in our bikinis, like I don’t want them to make like $100,000 for stalking us’… 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.’”

Good move! I hope her belly button enjoyed its brief tryst with sunlight before being once again locked away until another photographer goes too far.

[The Gloss]

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[Image via Instagram]