Spoiler alert: It's been about five months since we met the birthday girl, and we're still glowing
At some point between the first and the 1,593rd time I asked a stranger if I had red lipstick on my teeth, something chill and casual and so-normal-why-am-I-even-telling-you-about-it happened: I met Taylor Swift.
Sorry, did I say chill? What I meant to say is that on July 11, 2015, at approximately 7:03 p.m., in a comfy little room tucked away in the MetLife Stadium, dreams came true.
Not just my dreams, you see: Everyone – it felt like 30 or so, but who has time to count or write things down or remember to be ~cool~ when you’re in a room with Taylor Swift? – was beaming with a glow you acquire only from being in the presence of someone who has yet to prove they’re not a magical act of unicornism wizardry (we’re on to you, Tay).
Like many people at the pre-concert meet-and-greet, I was there as a member of the press, which means on the outside I was this:
But on the inside:
The overall meeting can be broken down into eight steps.
When Taylor walked/levitated into the room, I physically felt the chill of all the people around me evaporate into the air. But, you guys, stop staring – it’s kinda weird.
It’s worth noting that not only did she flawlessly and warmly make conversation with everyone in the room, but she also did it in 11-ft.-tall heels (you know, if we had to estimate).
We’re not crying, you’re crying.
No, I totally wasn’t staring at you, Austin, I was looking at … the couch?
Also, is there red lipstick on my teeth?
We talked about how many amazing fans were #TAYLORGating outside the stadium before the show, and that time she stopped by our office to play a song when she was promoting her very first album, and how we’re totally getting brunch like all the time now (shhh, don’t ruin this for us).
Working at a celeb publication, it’s always exciting seeing famous people IRL. It was so cool finding out that meeting Taylor, the girl who still introduces herself to the audience at her sold-out stadium shows, was just as we all had hoped … and I don’t think she would have judged one bit if I had red lipstick on my teeth.