Taylor Swift covers Vogue: “I can’t deal with someone who’s obsessed with privacy”

Taylor Swift covers the February issue of Vogue, after many, many rumors that Adele would take the cover. Weird, right? Maybe Anna Wintour is putting Adele on the cover of the March issue (the power issue) or the April issue (the body issue, I believe). As for Swifty’s editorial… it’s cute. I like the 1970s-rocker-chick vibe, and it suits Swifty with her long hair and willowy body. She’s reminiscent of Carly Simon here, if that’s not too offensive of a comparison. As for the interview… do you mind if I don’t read the whole thing? On a good day, I like Swifty but find her supremely boring. I’m just going to skim and try to pull a few highlights:

Swifty is awkward: Clearly, her school days remain all-too-vivid. Swift, who grew up on a Christmas-tree farm in rural Pennsylvania, tells me that when she was in fourth grade her family moved to Wyomis­sing, an affluent suburb of Reading. “So . . . middle school? Awkward,” she says, launching into the first of many comic riffs. “Having a hobby that’s different from everyone else’s? Awkward. Singing the national anthem on weekends instead of going to sleepovers? More awkward. Braces? Awkward. Gain a lot of weight before you hit the growth spurt? Awkward. Frizzy hair, don’t embrace the curls yet? Awkward. Try to straighten it? Awkward!” She starts to laugh. “So many phases!”

She’s always felt like an outsider: As hard as it is to imagine now, Swift always felt like an outsider. “I think who you are in school really sticks with you,” she says. “I don’t ever feel like the cool kid at the party, ever. It’s like, Smile and be nice to everybody, because you were not invited to be here.”

She‘s not going to end up crackie: “Ever since I was sixteen, the question that I get in every single interview is ‘So, all the pop stars right now who are stumbling out of clubs and going crazy—are you going to do that?’ When I was younger, I had to be more insistent with people because they would say, ‘Yeah, they all say that when they’re sixteen, honey. Just wait till you’re nineteen or 20. That’s when it all goes off the tracks!’ But you know, as time has gone by, I’ve gotten that question less and less. I think, for me, the bigger pitfall is losing your self-awareness. Even though I am at a place where my dresses are really pretty and the red carpets have a lot of bright lights and I get to play to thousands of people . . . you have to take that with a grain of salt. The stakes are really high if you mess up, if you slack off and don’t make a good record, if you make mistakes based on the idea that you are larger than life and you can just coast.” She pauses. “If you start thinking you’ve got it down, that’s when you run into trouble—either by getting complacent or becoming mouthy.” She laughs. “And nobody likes that.”

Swift’s homes: Swift splits her rare days off between her condo in Nashville (“very Alice in Wonderland imaginarium”) and a little cottage she recently bought in Beverly Hills (“cozy, Anthropologie, grandma chic”). She’s been spending time in L.A. because she’s quietly looking for the right role in the right movie.

On working out: “I don’t ever want to be that person whose self-image overtakes who they are. I am not a fan of working out that much. There’s no regimen. There’s no personal trainer. I love to go hiking because it’s an experience. If I need to gain stamina for a tour, I will run every single night on the treadmill, but I don’t necessarily like being at the gym.”

Swifty on Jake Gyllenhaal and boys in general: She seems to bring both worldviews to her romantic life. As she puts it, “I think I am smart unless I am really, really in love, and then I am ridiculously stupid.” Swift has famously dated some famous boys—Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal. When she was eighteen, Jonas notoriously broke up with her over the phone—in a call that lasted 27 seconds—an experience that fueled her songwriting. She wrote a damning song about Mayer called “Dear John.” She dated Gyllenhaal through the fall of 2010 (he broke up with her around the Christmas holidays). When I ask her if she is seeing anyone, she says, “I got nothing going on! I just don’t really feel like dating. I really have this great life right now, and I’m not sad and I’m not crying this Christmas, so I am really stoked about that.” Were you crying last Christmas? “I am not gonna go into it! It’s a sad story!”

[From Vogue]

The stuff about boys is very interesting, isn’t it? Oh, but there’s more! Swifty lists the “red flags” she has about dating now, and some of them are super-interesting.

1. “If someone doesn’t seem to want to get to know me as a person but instead seems to have kind of bought into the whole idea of me and he approves of my Wikipedia page? And falls in love based on zero hours spent with me? That’s maybe something to be aware of. That will fade fast. You can’t be in love with a Google search.”

2. “If a dude is threatened by the fact that I need security, if they make me feel like I am some sort of princessy diva—that’s a bad sign. I don’t have security to make myself look cool, or like I have an entourage. I have security because there’s a file of stalkers who want to take me home and chain me to a pipe in their basement.”

3. “If you need to put me down a lot in order to level the playing field or something? If you are threatened by some part of what I do and want to cut me down to size in order to make it even? That won’t work either.”

4. “Also, I can’t deal with someone who’s obsessed with privacy. People kind of care if there are two famous people dating. But no one cares that much. If you care about privacy to the point where we need to dig a tunnel under this restaurant so that we can leave? I can’t do that.”

[From Vogue]

#4 is obviously Jake Gyllenhaal, correct? It was rumored that he didn’t like how public his cuddlefesting relationship was with Swifty. I think #3 is John Mayer – he seems like that kind of dude. #1 must be some non-famous person, I guess.

All in all, I ended up reading more than I intended too! That’s Swifty for you – she sucks you in. Like a death trap baited with vanilla.

Photos courtesy of Mario Testino/Vogue.

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  1. Julie says:

    Pics are adorable. I’m not a huge fan, but don’t hate on her either. I think she and Michelle Williams should hang out.

  2. Eve says:

    When I saw the the cover picture, for a moment I thought that that was ScarJo.

    • RocketMerry says:

      Totally. I wonder what’s up with celebrity pictures this week: first the light skinned BeyHanna (Beyoncè/Rihanna) pic, now a weird lipped ScarTay?
      What in the Photo-Hell…?

      • Eve says:

        I used to post on Popsugar and I remember seeing the cover of a magazine (can’t remember its name though) and I had to look twice to make sure the woman on the cover was Reese Witherspoon and not her daughter!!! That W cover with Charlize Theron was also really strange (to me, at least).

        I understand the use of photoshop in order to “erase” some tiny imperfections, to make celebrities look their “best”. But when they photoshop them into oblivion? That they end up looking like somebody else? I don’t get it, really.

      • gg says:

        Yes! that’s it. She looks gorgeous in these pics. SO glad she updated her look. Really tired of the contrived vintage marcelle waved hair and the overdone makeup (really, what young modern girl is going to try 20s vintage on her own, and look good doing it? nobody). At least now her overdone eyes are less obvious and work better, imo, with the straight hair and bangs.

      • Caz says:

        Yes. Of course she looks great with all that Vogue styling. Can’t help thinking half their readership will look at the cover and splutter “Taylor Swift”!! Not as bad as Anna’s Spice Girls cover though.

  3. Beatrix says:

    she’s so tall. . . . yep, that’s all I got

  4. Leigh says:

    Awesome photos. Nailed it with the Carly Simon comparison.

    “I have security because stalkers want to chain me to a pipe in their basement”.. I love it.

    Never really felt one way or another about her, but that statement made me like her a litte..

    • Lee says:

      Seriously, that line cracked me up and actually made me warm to Swifty.

    • Gigi says:

      People tend to have this sweet, holier than thou image of her so when she says something clever, everyone is pleasantly surprised. Thing is, the girl really isn’t sweet or as, well, virtuous as her image would suggest. She likes hanging out with older men, so I would assume she’s either learned something from them or she’s capable of keeping up with them at some intellectual level. I neither love nor hate her but I’m intrigued by how double-sided her life is.

  5. Mayday says:

    she doesnt work out? oh, there’s a surprise.

    what is she? 20? having a good body at that age is a birthright. OF COURSE SHE DOESNT WORK OUT.

    why do these interviewers even bother asking these just out of their teen girls questions like that?

  6. DomCoug says:

    Love the photos.. girl should be model instead.

  7. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I love the cover shot of her. Not a fan of her music, but I’ve always found her to be sweet and seemingly humble. I *thought* she was naive but after reading the “red flags” I can see that she’s learned a lot. I like her.

  8. Franny says:

    #2 is the creepiest thing I’ve read in a while. It must be really scary to know that there are actually people out there that want to do that to you.

  9. njnick says:

    I dont understand the hate for this girl. Granted I dont listen to her music but she seems like a great role model for young girls. She seems grounded and is appreciative of her fame plus she doesnt seem like the type who is going to stumble out of bars. So, whats the problem?

    • lw says:

      The “hate” stems from the fact that her singing voice is TERRIBLE. Do you remember that awards show where they had the audacity to pair her in a duet with Stevie Nicks? I “get” that she is a decent enough song-writer. But holding her up like she’s a fantastic vocalist offends my sensibilities as a music lover.
      I don’t care how clean cut she is. Girl can barely hold a tune.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I never get that whole argument. It’s the same as people who say “this(insert athlete’s name here) took tons of steroids so his career is now null and void.”
        Hell, they could pump me full of steroids and I still couldn’t hit a home run. There has to be some sort of talent there-hand eye coordination, speed, athleticism etc-steroids just give the extra edge. Same with singing-just because I can pay a studio to help me produce a demo tape doesn’t mean that I can perform in front of millions of people nor does it mean that I will end up being successful. I mean she writes her own songs (+ 1) and she plays an instrument (+2) so she’s already better than a lot of pop stars. Suggestion: if you dislike manufactured pop icons you can always get on hypemachine.com and download (free!) songs from some amazing artists on independent labels (like I do).

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        And not just one instrument; she plays both guitar and piano very well. If anyone has doubts about her abilities, I wish they would just watch a snippet from one of her concerts. I have her ‘Speak Now Tour’ on DVD and her talent would blow mostly anyone away. Regardless of your opinion, you cannot disagree that she is one talented lady.

    • thebutlerdidit says:

      I certainly don’t hate a young woman I’ve never met, but I can’t get excited about “stars” made in factories. Her very wealthy father paid for her record deal, got her signed, and paid for her promotion. People were livid when that little Rebecca Black’s family did the same, but don’t seem to mind that that’s how Swifty got her start. I prefer people who get there on their own merits. She’s an attractive girl with very minimal talent who is riding her wave in the machine, I have no problem with it, but also think people should never consider celebrities “role models.”

    • samira677 says:

      I don’t think most people hate her but are extremely annoyed by Taylor. In most of her interviews she sounds like a 10 year old. The cute, immature act gets old especially when the person is 20, 21 years old. Her last few interviews shows some maturity but she can still be annoying.

  10. Shelly says:

    Love her! She looks her age, acts her age, and is by all accounts sweet. I can’t hate on any of that.

  11. Dusty says:

    She’s cute in the photo shots and on the cover – reminds me of the great model from the 60s and 70s Jean Shrimpton who is now a recluse(see below) Taylor pulls off the look of a mature sophisticate – unfortunately when she opens her mouth and talks, h she comes across as the teenager she is.

  12. Kate says:

    Say what you will about her abilities, personality, boyfriends, etc. but the girl is not going to go off the rails the way of Lohan, Miley, Britney, et al. She is smart, grounded and has good parents who are concerned about her rather than their own fame.

  13. normades says:

    I think:
    1. is about Joe and Jake.
    2. Jake and John.
    3. Joe and John.
    4. John.

  14. lisa says:

    There had been some confusion as to which cover would go to Taylor and Adele. Taylor got Feb and Adele gets March. I love the photoshoot. Taylor looks great and the article is interesting.

  15. Mia says:

    She looks GOOD here. I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan, but I really can’t say anything negative about her. There are so many trashy, talentless, arrogant people in music these days. She just seems like a sweetheart.

  16. Zelda says:

    She looks like Patti Boyd on that cover, to me.

  17. Amy says:

    What does it say about me that I only read the snippets hoping to read about her cat? I can’t bring myself to read/skim/control-f “adorable kitten” the full article.

  18. sasha says:

    I’m seeing a young Joni Mitchell…

  19. Asli says:

    I still can’t believe she dated John Mayer. He’s a creepy dude and she behaves like she’s twelve. Seems weird to me.

  20. mia girl says:

    This is one of the best editorials I have seen in a long time.

    Swift looks amazing and the styling is great.

  21. Tierra says:

    I had no clue she was from Pa. Hard to imagine her livng in the same area as Khate Gosselin..lol
    Im not into her music but I do think she’s a good role model compared to some of the auto-tuned pop tarts out there.

  22. Chelsey says:

    I think #1 is probably Jakey G more than #4…didn’t he ask to be set up with her? I can see the whole he “liked the idea of her” after he looked her up…then he realized after “dating” her that she was a 12 year old.

  23. Anna says:

    Let me start off by saying that I LOVE the pictures. She looks gorgeous and should wear more things like that in real life. Moving on….Who wants to date this chick? All she does is talk and make other people look bad. She puts herself on this ridiculously high pedestal and goes on with her life like she never makes mistakes. She needs to grow up and learn to keep her mouth shut. That is why people stop dating her. Even when she claims to be over certain people she still finds ways to remind everyone of her past heartbreak. Ugh.

  24. Kimlee says:

    I don’t like her at all and she can’t sing but I will say she looks nice in these photos.

  25. Rita says:

    Swifty looks great in these shots. She’d made a wonderful “flower power” gal. She’s maturing and her foundation seems solid. Love her for nothing more than who she is. Hope she stays somewhat boring but a great entertainer and a good gal.

  26. eileen says:

    Ok-she has never bliped on my radar but she looks gorgeous in these pics!! THIS is her look-not the princess’y’ stuff she chooses herself. She could be the next Jewel when she begins her evolution out of PopTween.

  27. The Truth Fairy says:

    The styling for this shoot is flawless!

  28. danielle says:

    Interesting article. Her dating red flags sound smart.

  29. Sunshine says:

    Oh TayTay, privacy is a GOOD THING! I can’t understand wanting people to pay attention, I like to slip under the radar. I don’t even have a Facebook, FFS! Lol, she really is unbelievably beautiful though..and I find it hard to believe she was ever any type of outcast. Generally people that look like that are the ones doing the casting out. She does seem like a sweet girl though (although I’m sure that’s just PR)

  30. Happy21 says:

    She is so articulate and intelligent. It is a like a breath of fresh air reading an interview with someone who is so humble.

    I’m not a gigantic fan or anything but I really like her. I don’t see how anyone could hate someone who is genuinely sweet.

  31. Jezi says:

    I think why people like her so much isn’t because she has such a strong singing voice but because she writes her own music and is a pleasant person overall. I’ve never really gotten into her music but she is harmless.

  32. GirlyGIrl says:


    She looks really good. Not a huge fan of her whole corporate country thing, but that’s a really good look for her.

  33. Nev says:

    Vogue is going down-hill…..so sad.

  34. Jover says:

    Thank you lw and the butlerdidit; She is a marketing gimmick sold to tone deaf public; there isn’t anything admirable about a manufactured pop star whose singing is terrible and songs are for 10 year olds (I’ve read the lyrics to the speak now cd, not a bit of poetry or lyricism at all); and thanks Anne Wintour for continuing the ruination of vogue – pop stars should not be on your cover; fashion shines when it focuses on fashion not celebrity; This girl is so overexposed it’s sickening – and intelligent, what great intellect was revealed in those excerpts – she’s as shallow as her music, those excerpts are equal parts teenage pyschobabble and narcissism (plus prob a good pr person), raise your standards, I’ll take Jimi who famously remarked music isn’t an object it’s a state of being – swifty “makes” music for the corporate machine – lets call things as they are.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      She does like to whine, huh? That was the part of her sweetness I could never get with. I guess she’s more of a personality than anything, because to hear it from her fans, half of her appeal is the ‘sweetness’, I don’t hear them talk about the music as something separate from that. It’ll be interesting to see where that takes her–if the music-persona stops being enough for her fans, it’ll be interesting to see how she adapts.

      I’m not surprised by Vogue’s choices, that magazine started going in a totally…different direction a while ago.

  35. kimberly says:

    i loved her first 2 cd’s and a couple from this last one, but why do all her songs still sound like she’s singing them in the small high school gym before a pep rally??

    I know she’s not a high schooler anymore, but she doesn’t sing songs for ladies her own age either. Or the ladies her age are far more mature than swift is. I don’t care what she prints in interviews b/c they’re prepped questions, I’ll judge her on her music. She is a good song writer with no vocal range, but long blonde hair and blue eyes. I’m expecting something more than the generic things we get from her.

  36. Madrugada says:

    I really like her for what she is: a down-to-earth, all-American, happy, fun time. She definitely seems like she has a good head on her shoulders and is purposefully processing her mistakes to learn from them.

    That said, girlfriend is in her 20s now. She needs to grow out of the Lisa Frank stage. I cracked up when I read that she puts “having pretty dresses” on par with playing to huge audiences.

  37. Tara says:

    Never listened to her music but (so?) tend to like her. This new look is cool but I really did think she pulled of 20s vintage beautifully. She actually sounds real, smart and funny. I see John Mayer falling into categories 1 and 3.

  38. T.C. says:

    The most important part of the interview is this:”She’s been spending time in L.A. because she’s quietly looking for the right role in the right movie.” So Swifty is smart enough to know that her singing days are numbered (you can only sing the same song about boys breaking your heart before it gets old). So the girl is planning to move into acting where she can have a longer career. I give her an A+ for intelligence and business savvy. She is pretty with some charisma and she is willing to learn so that will take her far.

  39. Embee says:

    She looks great! SHe reminds me of Nicole Kidman in Practical Magic in these shots.

  40. Amanda G says:

    She looks really pretty with bangs and straight hair. I hope she doesn’t keep this “naive and heart broken” act throughout her 20′s. I can’t stand the girl simply because she cannot sing. BUT, I suppose there are worse things that young girls can listen to.

  41. Lisa B. says:

    While I find her considerably grounded and articulate compared to most pop stars right now (her red flags actually make a lot of sense), I have to admit that two things annoy me a lot about her.
    First, this whole fairy tale princess persona. It was okay for a while, but she’s a grown ass woman now. Enough of this Barbie crap. Time for her to start writing things more relatable to her own age group.
    Second, her habit of badmouthing her ex boyfriends on her songs (something that also annoyed me to no end about Lily Allen). Of course her life experiences must influence her music. But the way she handles her break ups just strike me as deeply immature. It’s always “boo hoo, mean big boy broke my heart. Boys suck”.
    Maybe they had their own reasons to leave her? Maybe she has some fault? But you never hear that on her songs. She always plays innocent and throws the guys under the bus, making them look bad to gazillions of people in the world. I find that unclassy. Even if they were actually awful or something, I don’t see why not keep the dirty laundry behind closed doors.

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      People can say heartbreak songs are tiresome, but it must be working for Adele. Almost every single one of her songs are about heartbreak and relationships. It must work, as she’s the #1 artist of 2011 and nominated for countless Grammy’s.

      • Dee says:

        It works for her because she’s an adult woman singing about adult feelings. Taylor, on the other hand, has been (and probably will always be) twee. She’s the country version of Avril Lavigne, who is pushing 30 but is still singing about sk8tr boys…

  42. Jin says:

    I love the 70s vibe in these photos too. She’s kind of right about people who are too obsessed with privacy. Sure if you go certain celebrity places, you’re going to get bombarded with paparazzi. But people don’t care THAT much.

  43. Andie says:

    I heard she and Michael Fassbender were together a few days ago in Nashville. Few people recognized him but there was a picture someone at the restaraunt snapped on facebook, and the person there got their autographs

  44. amanda says:

    I think #4 was Joe Jonas. She said that he couldn’t be seen with her because his manager wanted him to have the image of being “single.”

  45. Hakura says:

    She’s smarter than I’ve given her credit for, at least from what I could tell reading this interview.

    She really would make a good model. Whoever did the wardrobe did an awesome job. They’re totally out of character for her (which is probably why I actually like them), but she can still pull them off. She should seriously consider modeling… She really can’t sing.

    I wince when her songs come on, as she spends 75% of them off-key. I was fortunate to come from a singing family, & inherited my ‘perfect pitch’ from them (I’m not trying to claim any credit, as I didn’t have to work for it)… But you don’t need a perfect ear to hear her go flat. =_x

  46. ella says:

    She looks gorgeous! I like her,

  47. Kara Ann says:

    I believe that Swift is showing signs of maturity. I can admire her work ethic and her drive to do movies. I hope that she is developing emotional maturity too. I find the whole “princess-y” thing too much but she is still very young. I think that she is mentally/emotionally younger then those her own age because her emotional growth was stunted by the amount of time/effort she has spent on her career. Yes, she has enjoyed some fantastic things due to her success but she has also missed out on other things that are character building…things that just make you grow up. Real life will probably catch up to her. She better hope so if she intends to continue a successful singing career. Adult women expect adult themes especially from other adults. We’ll see.

  48. Kosmos says:

    I like her singing AND she has a great personality, kind to people and not narcissistic like some. She’s very cute and has a style all her own, not a copy cat dresser. So kudos to her for coming all this way !! Who wouldn’t want to be in her shoes??

  49. Ally says:

    The 70s styling finally makes her look interesting. She should stick with it.

    Btw, Adele has a new boyfriend, the somewhat-married Simon Konecki.

  50. whatevs says:

    of course not! you need the publicity

  51. mika says:

    “If you start thinking you’ve got it down, that’s when you run into trouble—either by getting complacent or becoming mouthy.” She laughs. “And nobody likes that.”

    Give this girl some credit. She’s not an idiot.

  52. Lady_Luck says:

    “Like a death trap baited with vanilla”

    lol. that did make me laugh.

    There is definitely a type of young but unadulterated type of ‘cray cray’ going on with this girl.