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Taylor Swift Reveals Why She Posted a Bikini Picture Online

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"My security gets out the binoculars and sees..."

Pop sensation Taylor Swift surprised many fans last month when she posted a bikini photo while vacationing in Hawaii.

Swift explained that she and members of the band HAIM were whale watching in Hawaii when they noticed another boat trailing them.

The boat was full of members of the paparazzi.

Image source: Taylor Swift / Instagram

"My security gets out the binoculars and sees that they have a huge long lens camera," the pop singer told BBC Radio. "At which point, we go back to the beach and realize, 'OK, so they got pictures of us in our bikinis.'"

"I don't want them to make, like, $100,000 — for a bikini shot. And so we're like, 'Get up on the bow of the boat: we're taking better bikini shots so that they don't make as much money on theirs," Swift added.

[sharequote align="center"]"I don't want them to make, like, $100,000 — for a bikini shot."[/sharequote]

The "1989" singer said she later found out the photographers did have powerful zoom lenses that could capture photos from far away.

"We found out later they had been everywhere we were," she said. "I've never seen such stealth mode paparazzi, like, three miles away, long-lensing it up."

Swift, known for dressing modestly, had previously said she planned on keeping her belly button hidden from the public.

"I don't like showing my belly button. When you start showing your belly button then you're really committing to the midriff thing. I only partially commit to the midriff — you're only seeing lower rib cage," she told Lucky Magazine.

"I don't want people to know if I have one or not ... I want that to be a mystery," she added at the time. 

(H/T: GMA / Yahoo News)

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