Swift leaves us channeling her classic OMG face as she discusses her female role models, business and, yes, grandchildren

By Alison Schwartz
Updated November 17, 2014 07:00 AM

“I could show you incredible things,” Taylor Swift sings in “Blank Space,” her newest single, and latest victory lap.

It’s a fitting line for Swift couched in a tongue-in-cheek song that gracefully picks up where the tabloid persona of her love life leaves off.

The 1989 singer is doing incredible things, after all, and we get a peek into her likewise incredible mind in TIME‘s new cover story, aptly titled “The Power of Taylor Swift.”

As per usual, the power of Swift, 24, continues to surprise us.

1. She doesn’t get why her stance against Spotify is a big deal right now

Swift may never, ever, ever get back together with the streaming service – but Spotify has had plenty of time to move on. “This shouldn’t be news right now. It should have been news in July, when I went out and stood up and said I’m against it in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal,” she tells TIME, continuing to stress the importance of proper compensation for art. “I think that people should feel that there is a value to what musicians have created, and that’s that.”

2. She’s already shaking off her grandchildren’s jokes

As the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, Swift’s future grandkids will probably have some feedback about her career. “But I’d really rather it be, ‘Look how awkward your dancing was in the ‘Shake It Off’ video! You look weird, Grandma!’ than ‘Grandma, is that your nipple?’ ” she says.

3. She’s looking for a female role model in the music industry

A boyfriend? Whatever. Swift would rather find herself someone also in the business to look up to. “It’s a really important thing that I manage my anxiety when it comes to the future because, you know, I have very few female role models. That scares me sometimes,” she says. This has nothing to do with talent. “I just struggle to find a woman who hasn’t been completely picked apart by the media, or scrutinized and criticized for aging, or criticized for fighting aging.”

4. Speaking of girl power: She was named Taylor for a reason

James Taylor fandom aside, Swift’s parents were planning for the future when they named the superstar-to-be. “My mom named me Taylor because she thought that I would probably end up in corporate business – my parents are both finance people – and she didn’t want any kind of executive, boss, manager to see if I was a girl or a boy if they got my résumé,” she says.

5. She actually doesn’t sit around all day making music about the boys who broke her heart

“It’s so refreshing to see people move on from the idea that all I do is sit in my lair and write songs about boys for revenge,” says Swift, which (gasp) may come as a surprise to the aforementioned haters. (Does this also mean she doesn’t have a lair she sits in to write songs though?)

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