Taylor Swift Asserted ‘Power & Control’ at the VMAs, According to Body Language Expert

Taylor Swift didn’t hold back at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. And these brand-new photos are proof.

Shortly after the awards show, body language expert Darren Stanton analyzed pictures of the 32-year-old singer and confirmed that she asserted “power and control” during her acceptance speech for Video of the Year.  

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“As she delivered her winner’s speech, Taylor came over super confident,” he told PureWow (on behalf of “From her demeanor, it’s clear she had no doubt she was going to be a winner on the night. Her body language didn’t show any signs of genuine surprise—however, Taylor did display gratitude for the support from her fans and we can tell that by the way she spoke, pausing to ensure she said exactly what she wanted to say at that moment.”

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Stanton also discussed the hidden meaning behind Swift’s crystal-covered dress by Oscar de la Renta. “Taylor’s outfit choice reflected the inner confidence she had at the awards, with the revealing and eye-catching dress putting her center stage—ensuring all eyes were on her,” he added. “Her demeanor as she arrived on the red carpet displayed the tell-tale signs of someone trying to convey power and control.”

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Stanton continued, “You’ll notice she had one arm on her hip and the stance of her legs was slightly apart—psychologically this conveys her importance within the situation. She also displayed a chin thrust, where Taylor tilted her chin outwards as she posed—again this is another assertion of power, meaning Taylor meant business.”

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Never change, Taylor.

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...