Taylor Swift’s diamond bath cost more than $10M

Taylor Swift
If you’ve been watching Taylor Swift’s new video for “Look What You Made Me Do” on an endless loop, you may have some questions — like, say, if Swift was bathing in real diamonds during that soon-to-be iconic shot.
It turns out that not only was the bling the real deal, but the rocks were worth a lot more than you may have expected from a music video prop.

Taylor Swift only fake-bathes in real diamonds.

It turns out the bathtub full of diamonds in Swift’s new “Look What You Made Me Do” music video was authentic, chock full of loaned pieces from celebrity jeweler Neil Lane.

A source tells Page Six the hundreds of carats in jewels — including those in the tub and that Swift is wearing (and biting) — are worth well over $10 million. We’re told an “insane” amount of security was involved.

Many of the designs appear to be vintage and period pieces from Lane’s vault.

A snake ring wound around Swift’s left ring finger – a nod to the imagery she’s been using to tease her new album — looks to be the same piece Zoe Saldana wore to the 2013 Oscars. Swift wears a second snake ring on her right hand and features other snake references throughout the video.

Swift’s new video has also been bathed in controversy and conspiracy theories since its release at Sunday’s VMAs.

Some fans have speculated that the tub scene is a reference to Swift sparring partner Kim Kardashian‘s Paris robbery last fall, when she was tied up and left in a bathtub. Millions of dollars worth of Kardashian’s jewelry was stolen.

People are also buzzing that the lone dollar bill floating in Swift’s tub among the diamonds is a nod to the symbolic $1 settlement she won this summer when a jury found that a radio host had groped her.

Hard as a Diamond

How do you train as hard as a Diamond? One of the first things you notice about the newly named Samsung Diamonds is how in sync they are.

How do you train as hard as a Diamond?

One of the first things you notice about the newly named Samsung Diamonds is how in sync they are.

From training and shooting drills, the team moves fluidly. It’s little wonder they are one of the nation’s most successful sports teams, holding a 94 per cent win rate for the Netball World Cup (compared to the Australian cricket team’s 45 per cent win rate, despite facing only half the number of competitors).

Yet, as they concluded a recent national training camp, the question arose: what will it take for the team and the sport to take their rightful place?

More than half a million Australians – men and women – play netball; it is the most popular sport for women and girls in the country. The sport is going from strength to strength following the launch of the televised Super Netball series, which kicked off earlier this year.

Despite the Samsung Diamonds being one of the nation’s most successful teams, it is only recently that netball has joined the forefront of Australian sports with the increased number of televised games and support of the league, despite already being one of the largest female sports in Australia.

This increased coverage of women’s sports – AFL has had a stellar inaugural season, with the games drawing crowds to the pitch and on TV – is having a positive flow-on effect for younger women.

“What netball does well is target the grassroots, it’s about inclusiveness; netball really is for everyone,” Samsung Diamonds goal shooter Caitlin Bassett says.

“As a little girl I dreamed of being a Samsung Diamond,” centre Kim Ravaillion says.

In encouraging the next generation of netballers, the players were unanimous in their advice: never give up, understand that sacrifices will be made if you want to compete and embrace your differences.

“Everyone has their own journey and face their own challenges – you have to fight hard,” Bassett says.

Paige Hadley, the team’s centre and wing attack, adds it’s about resilience

“If you have the goal to be a Samsung Diamond, you really have to give it your all,” Ravaillion says.

But the players aren’t making these changes alone.

The team has recently taken a leap forward, in terms of recognition and technologically, with global giant Samsung securing the Diamonds’ first naming rights partnership, as the company seeks to support the sport at all levels, from the community netball courts to the newly named Samsung Diamonds.

“Netball is one of the most engaged, passionate community-driven activities that brings together millions of Australians each week,” Samsung Australia’s head of brand partnerships Holly Adams says.

“Samsung is committed to supporting the sport at its highest level, as well as through grassroots activity through teams and communities around Australia. Breakthrough experiences, partnerships and collaboration are at the heart of how Samsung applies our innovation to support our customers and partners alike,” she says.

Commenting on the partnership, Bassett says, “It is pretty amazing for women’s support to have such a backing from such a global company”.

The Samsung Diamonds are also on the front foot when it comes to utilising cutting-edge technology to improve their game. At the recent netball camp, the team ran drills by a 360 camera, capturing their training in a new way, and combined with VR, allowing them to view how they operate and examine ways to gain a critical edge on their own performance.

“We really want to grow and challenge ourselves,” Bassett says. “To be able to use VR cameras and phones … it makes it so much easier to stay connected, as like most national Australian sports teams we are such a decentralised program, we’re based in different states and we don’t get much time even when we are together, so it’s important we are able to stay connected.”

So what’s the future for one of Australia’s most successful sport teams? According to Bassett, it is further integrating technology and inspiring the next generation of women, both in sport and life.