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Anna Bauer Contemplates About Making Her Personality About Taylor Swift

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Credit to Madelyn Brewer

As Taylor Swift’s reputation continues to grow, sophomore Anna Bauer’s fearless personality makes her well-known as a lover of Taylor Swift.

“It’s great, I listen to Taylor, watch Taylor, talk about Taylor,” Anna said. “The people around me kinda think I’m crazy, but then join in on the madness, so it’s fun.”

To show her love and obsession of Swift, Anna has created a multitude of bracelets that she consistently matches with her outfits each day, and has amassed quite a collection. This all got started when Anna went to see “The Eras Tour” with her parents and younger sister Nora in July 2023. At this point, Anna had been a Swiftie for a while and had started making a few bracelets to trade with others at the tour. It all started when one of her friends made her a few bracelets, and Anna didn’t even know it was a trend, but she continued to make more. This was all in preparation for “The Eras Tour,” which was a highly anticipated moment in her life ever since the tickets were acquired.

“I had just been living my life religiously obsessed with [Swift] for a while so the fact that I was gonna see her and then I did, it was just such a beautiful, amazing moment,” Anna said.

When reminiscing about the concert, Anna describes an experience that was like no other, and seemed practically enchanted just thinking about it. Afterwards, the bracelet making did not stop. In fact, Anna currently has 136 bracelets, whether that be ones from friends, trading at the concert, or mostly ones that she made herself.

“I just kept wanting to make more and more and more,” Anna said.

Since she has so many, Anna has to keep them all together. Her sister Nora got her a clear bag for the tour to keep them in, and they’ve been there ever since. Today, the bag is overflowing as Anna continues to make the bracelets of her wildest dreams.

“I think it’s a great thing to have an obsession over,” friend of Anna, sophomore Kaili Melton said. “You have infinite possibilities as to what you could make and it’s a pretty fun craft. Also, in the end, when you start wearing them you can stack them and decorate your wrists which is pretty fun.”

When making these bracelets, Anna describes quite the process to create them, but also wearing them. To make them, Anna first starts off with the song title or whatever words she wants on the bracelet and finds all of the letters. Then, she will find the colors that match what she pictures when she thinks of the song. A lot of her beads will usually match with whatever colors the album covers have. Then, once all of the beads are found, Anna organizes them exactly how they will be strung together on a not-so invisible string. Finally, she puts them all together and ties it off.

“I just think it’s cute to have accessories,” Anna said. “So with all these bracelets, I never have an outfit that doesn’t have an accessory.”

Putting on the bracelets is a journey as well. Every morning, Anna dumps out the bag and picks out as many bracelets that will match her outfit for the day. Then she organizes them by pairs, so that there is an even amount on each wrist whether its seven, 15 or 22, but also so the colors and theme of each bracelet match a bracelet in the same spot on her other wrist.

“That’s why I’m running late every day,” Anna said.

Even though it might take a lot of time, Anna wears all of these bracelets for several reasons, one of them being to show her love for Swift to herself and everyone who sees her wrists.

“They symbolize just how much I love Taylor and the dedication that I have,” Anna said.

The bracelets don’t show this enthusiasm only to Anna, though. They are on display all day, to anyone that sees her.

“Anna is an amazing person who is especially good at bracelet making,” Melton said. “I hope people see her bracelets and maybe try making their own after seeing how cool and fun hers are.”

Turning people into Swifties is something Anna does to many people she’s met. This has definitely happened with all of Anna’s friends and family, who have gotten “Secondhand Swiftie” according to Nora.

“She always is singing Taylor Swift songs nonstop, she’s always thinking about Taylor Swift, and Taylor Swift always finds a way into all of our conversations,” Nora said. “She has a lot of references to Taylor Swift, too.”

Many people admire Swift for how influential she has become and how hard she has worked to get to that point. Because Anna likes Swift for this and so much more, she will continue to be a lover of Swift for a long time.

“I think it’s just cool to have something to be passionate about and enjoy, which is what Taylor and her music is to me,” Anna said.

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