Hart told Women's Wear Daily the singer didn't have what it takes to be a Victoria's Secret Angel after the retailer's annual "Angels" lingerie show.
Swift performed at the show, wearing a variety of costumes alongside the models.
“I think, you know what, god bless her heart. I think she’s great,” Hart said. “But, I don’t know, to me, she didn’t fit. I don’t know if I should say that. I think what you find is that for a lot of us, we’ve been working for 14, 15 years; what it takes to make it here comes from experience and confidence and knowing how to be confident with yourself. I think it comes with age. It’s definitely the benchmark of all jobs.”
Victoria's Secret chief marketing officer Edward Razek said the comment was all just one big misunderstanding.
"I have personally been in contact with Jessica Hart and she said she was 'wildly misinterpreted' and that she thought Taylor was 'amazing,' " Razek said. "She is stunned that anyone would think differently. And that's something we can all agree on."
"I can tell you that everyone at Victoria's Secret was blown away by Taylor's performance. She could not be more beautiful or talented, that we felt extremely lucky to have her, and that she is welcome back to do the show anytime she wants," he added. "Taylor's not ready to be an Angel? She's more than ready to be anything she wants to be. I could not have more respect for this woman, or be more appreciative of her participation, and I can speak for the entire VS brand, the crew, and most certainly the Angels."