Swift’s narrative has captured the public’s attention like no other, according to the outlet. And while there’s no doubt the singer-songwriter has a talent for storytelling, she also has a head for business: She officially entered her billionaire era this year too — and helped invigorate other brands along the way.
Swift took the entertainment industry by storm with the Eras Tour, playing 66 dates across the Americas, a tour that is not just a concert series but an epic narrative encompassing her evolution as an artist. Fans around the world constantly analyze her every move, decoding the layers of storytelling within her work, revealing the profound impact she has on her audience.
The “Taylor Swift effect” is undeniable, with economists pointing to her influence on economic growth and political figures recognizing the boost she brings to local economies during her tour dates. Swift’s influence permeates to such an extent that it can be seen in football viewership spikes (courtesy of her relationship with Travis Kelce) and massive increases in craft store sales driven by lyrics in her songs.
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Swift’s success has also given fashion brands a major boost. Free People, Reformation and Hill House are some of the relatively affordable brands she’s donned, with the latter experiencing the full power of the “Taylor Swift Effect” when she wore a matching set to collaborator Jack Antonoff’s rehearsal dinner; the “nap top” ($125) and midi skirt ($175) sold out in less than two hours, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Luxury fashion brands have also benefited from Swift’s favor, including handbag and shoe brand Mansur Gavriel, which has sold out three bags that appeared on the artist’s arm, and clothing brand Area, which sold out of a pair of crystal-embellished jeans shorts and jeans — both of which retail for $695.
“This is the proudest and happiest I’ve ever felt, and the most creatively fulfilled and free I’ve ever been,” Swift told TIME. “Ultimately, we can convolute it all we want, or try to overcomplicate it, but there’s only one question…‘Are you not entertained?'”