Taylor Swift covers Vogue, talks Calvin Harris, Kanye West & girl squads


My God. Just… my God. This is possible the worst Taylor Swift cover image I’ve ever seen. And that fact that it’s American Vogue and that Taylor is the co-host of this year’s Met Gala and Taylor is like the biggest thing in music right now… there’s absolutely no reason for Vogue to use this image for their cover. It’s SO WRONG. Does Anna Wintour passive-aggressively hate Taylor or something? This is Exhibit A for why bangs need to stop happening. Anyway, there will be plenty of time to pore over this Vogue profile – you can read the full piece here. Taylor is usually a pretty good interview, and this Vogue piece is a breezy read. She’s matured to the point where he’s not taking swipes at people, but she’s still the Swifty we know and love/hate. Some highlights:

Her future plans: “I have no idea. This is the first time in ten years that I haven’t known. I just decided that after the past year, with all of the unbelievable things that happened…I decided I was going to live my life a little bit without the pressure on myself to create something.”

She’ll never give up music: “I’m always going to be writing songs. The thing is, with me, I could very well come up with three things in the next two weeks and then jump back into the studio, and all of a sudden the next record is started. That’s an option, too.”

But she wants a more well-rounded life: “I would really like to take a little time to learn things…I want to be a well-rounded person who can make a good drink…to be able to save somebody if they’re drowning…I do things like this… I got it in my head that I couldn’t do a split, and I was really upset about it. And so I stretched every single day for a year until I could do a split. Somehow I feel better knowing that I can.”

Her relationship with Calvin Harris/Adam Wiles: “I’m just taking things as they come. I’m in a magical relationship right now. And of course I want it to be ours, and low-key…this is the one thing that’s been mine about my personal life.”

On the Kanye West drama in February: “I think the world is so bored with the saga. I don’t want to add anything to it, because then there’s just more.”

On the men in her life: “You know, I went out on a normal amount of dates in my early 20s, and I got absolutely slaughtered for it. And it took a lot of hard work and altering my decision-making. I didn’t date for two and a half years. Should I have had to do that? No. I guess what I wanted to call attention to in my speech at the Grammys was how it’s going to be difficult if you’re a woman who wants to achieve something in her life—no matter what.”

Whether her girl-squad is actually a bad thing: “Ugh. I’ve had people say really hurtful things about me, and so I’ve kind of learned how to gauge it: ‘This is, like, low-to-medium-level hurtful.’ There are a lot of really easy ways to dispel rumors. If they say you are pregnant, all you have to do is continue to not be pregnant and not have a baby. If the rumor is that you have fake friendships, all you have to do is continue to be there for each other. And when we’re all friends in fifteen years and raising our kids together, maybe somebody will look back and go, ‘That was kind of ridiculous what we said about Taylor and her friends.’”

[From Jason Gay/Vogue]

I glanced through the whole piece and I’m giving Taylor a slow-clap for not engaging with Kanye West in any way. If this was three years ago, she would have had unnamed sources or her girlfriends do the heavy lifting on taking someone down, but Taylor just breezes past the subject of Kanye with what amounts to a shrug. Good for her. The only eye-roll moment I had was this: “I went out on a normal amount of dates in my early 20s, and I got absolutely slaughtered for it.” That, to me, is a fundamental misreading on Taylor’s part. I never cared that she dated guys, and she’s a celebrity so of course her boyfriends will get attention and media coverage. She was “slaughtered” (not even) in the press for using those relationships as barely-concealed blind item/hit-piece songs. She literally has a song called “Dear John” about John Mayer. She literally has a song “Style” about Harry Styles. It was petty and juvenile.


Photos courtesy of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott/Vogue.

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  1. Sarah01 says:

    I thought that was Kloss on the cover.

  2. Sam says:

    What is this cover? What am i looking at? I don’t even understand this. I didn’t even bother reading what she said because my eyes are bleached from looking at her. I am 100% sure Anna Wintour hates her. There’s no way Anna would let one of the women she loves/obsessed with to look like THIS. You guys know which women I’m talking about too. The ones who get Vogue Covers all the time for no reason at all. They’d NEVER look like this. My god.

    • Yup says:

      I like it. Kinda has a Debbie Harry vibe without being a complete copy. She can use a little more edge.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I agree, I dig it. She usually looks very polished and I like the rougher edge she has in these photos.

    • lucy says:

      It’s as if (in the second image at least) Vogue is settling for Swift when they couldn’t get Gaga (not that Gaga is a good idea either). Swift must not have any rights of approval on the final image either, because…look at it: Eeeew.

  3. Cindy says:

    I think she is really beautiful and I did not think it was possible for her to take a bad picture, but she looks like leif garret on this cover. yikes.

  4. Lizzie McGuire says:

    Poor Taylor Swift, she looks like she’s wearing a Dollar General Anna Wintour mop wig. Those photos are the worst, someone really must hate her in Vogue.

    The whole dating thing would have been fine, people date no one would’ve given her so much sh-t. if it wasn’t for her writing about the guys & making so obvious that it was about them. The songs are catching but I even knew that Dear John, I knew you were trouble & Style were about Harry Styles & John Mayer. Ah also We are never ever like never getting back together was about Jake.

    • V4Real says:

      She said her relationship with Calvin is magical. I guess the unicorns and rainbow reference we tend to throw out about Taylor is spot on.

      I can take the first pic (though she’s attempting to look sexy but failing miserably) but that second pic is a very hard pill to swallow.

    • KB says:

      Seriously, I think she’s being trolled. She looks like a rat.

  5. Esther says:

    holy batman is that a terrible cover. is that an ad for the new Miracle Mop?

    about her DJ: “And of course I want it to be ours, and low-key” LOOOL girl if you want to be a well rounded person start with learning that the word low key does not mean to pose with your bf on your social media thats followed by tens of millions of people. also talking about your partner in the press is NOT low key.

    also please if you date every closeted teeny idol and then write songs about them you deserve all the backlash and lets be clear it was REALLY tame. some jokes from celebs that poke fun at everyone. boohoo.

    • Kiki says:

      Thank you for saying that @Esther. I just want people to know about why these stupid celebs don’t understand about LOW KEY.

      Do not talk to the press about your relationship or boy/girlfriend if you want a well round life. You hear that Taylor Swift and Alicia Vikander.

      Beside Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift are just a turn off anyway.

      • teacakes says:

        Vikander? I thought she just shows up to events with Fassy, doesn’t talk about him or anything.

  6. Lex says:

    Not only that, but she’s still doing the public thing with her “relationship”. She has the means to be private, but she refuses. She literally posted her anniversary pictures. Come on now. You know her next album will still have clues about Calvin (or Karlie Kloss). That is her jig, and I would respect it more if she would own it, rather than lie about it.

    Also, her relationship is magical? She’s 26. This is why I don’t like her.

    • lucy2 says:

      That’s what I was thinking, she still makes the relationship pretty public. If she wants it to just be theirs (which I think is smart) then she needs to be the one to stop sharing so much.

      Other than that I like how she shut the Kanye nonsense down, and as annoying as the squad stuff is, I think what she said about the friendships lasting the test of time is decent.

  7. kri says:

    What, WHAT were they thinking??!?! Vogue is a joke. My god, is Anna Wintour going to troll fashion forever? And something has to be done about Swifty’s thatch of straw. It looks like if anyone lit a match within a mile radius, her hair would just go POOF.

  8. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    Dear God…she looks like Sia, and as amazing as Sia is its not a compliment for Taylor.

    Vogue, we know Taylor is a bit boring and there’s only so many times you can ‘glam’ her the traditional way but that last pic with the shoes? Yeah, get Rihanna to wear those shoes or someone else with attitude.

    Looks like a mom caught her daughter in her closet and is now doing a playful ‘modeling’ shoot.

  9. meme says:

    girl squads are for high school.

    • Josephine says:

      The name is for high school, but there is nothing wrong with having a bunch of female friends at any age. Many women in their twenties live with and vacation with a group of friends. It wasn’t my bag, but I don’t get why people care.

  10. Naya says:

    I dont know, I vividly remember a part of the criticism being about her “getting around”. Even the major publications would contain a paragraph listing “her guys” although it was completely irrelevant to article. I really dislike this girl, her persona just tries my patience but even I’ll admit what happened to her was wrong.

    • perplexed says:

      I thought she just dated them, but didn’t necessarily sleep with them (probably because I figured someone like Taylor Laughter was gay).

      John Mayer is the only one I thought she might have slept with, because he’s, well, John Mayer.

    • Esther says:

      it isnt irrevant though, she made money with her dating life and it was all very obviously PR.
      Taylors love and professonal life are very much connected. it would be wrong to bring it up with a CEO but not with someone who makes money of it and gains publicity from dating all the young hollywood guys. no one else was ever that extreme.

    • V4Real says:

      The girl writes songs about every failed relationship and she profits quite well off of it.

    • MC2 says:

      Naya- I totally agree. She wasn’t skewered on this site just for dating but on many others. Questioning “why can’t she keep a man?” and that she was a slut. While it wasn’t here I do think it’s unfair to say that Taylor is misreading things & that was not her experience. She got a lot of sexist flack simply for dating.
      While she sings about dating and so I think it’s fair to call her petty, immature, etc. But she was called a slut, immoral and a bad role model for girls simply because she dated multiple men.

  11. Mia V. says:

    I don’t think it’s fair to judge her on writting songs about her exes with blind items. So many male singers did it and nobody side-eye them, Justin Timberlake wrote many songs about Britney Spears and people didn’t called him “juvenile” or anything, so it’s ridiculous to me to call her on that.

    • perplexed says:

      I think Justin Timberlake is seen as a bit of a jerk.

      With most other male singers, I have no idea who they’re writing about.

    • Jade says:

      You are so right, Ed Sheehan clearly wrote a song about Ellie Goulding but nobody seems to care. Kanye has wrote so many songs about his exes.

    • V4Real says:

      Justine wrote about Britney, Ed wrote about Elle, it seems Taylor wrote about almost every guy she dated.

      And yes Kanye has written songs about his exes but the songs were not so obvious as Swifts. Most people didn’t know who Kanye’s exes were so people didn’t automatically connect the songs to most of his former girlfriends. The one that stood out the most was Amber because they had a high profile relationship. I bet some people on this site couldn’t name three of Kanye’s girlfriends (Amber not included) without Googling them first. But I bet Taylor’s boyfriends names would spew out like rapid fire and they can play Taylor’s version of connect the dot, song to boyfriend.

    • Magnoliarose says:

      perplexed is right. Timberlake is seen as a jerk. One or two songs by anyone is different than what Taylor does. It’s her whole persona plus the songs. Now she wants to be revisionist. Some things are legitimately sexist, but to me this isn’t one if them.

    • MC2 says:

      She sings about her life & I think that’s why so many girls related to her. She didn’t need to make it so obvious (Dear John) but what is she supposed to sing about if it’s not her life? Most musicians write most of their songs about love/sex/relationships. I don’t really get why she gets so much hate for it. Hey- at least she actually writes her own songs!

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  12. Pixelated says:

    Taylor is one of those celebrities you really can’t HATE. I’m not a fan of her music, but I really really hope she starts pushing herself and stepping away from the perpetually 16-yr-old image. With all of her resources, she could become a really interesting artist…if she has it in her.

  13. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    You know the quote about how insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Kanye hits that perfectly. He keeps making the same mistakes, gets the same amount of bashed, and keeps blaming her for it. Same with the rest of the Kardashians. Kim keeps posting nude photos getting mocked for it and then getting mad when the public keeps mocking her.

    I don’t have a lot of nice things to say about Taylor but that snippet from Taylor up there? Freaking genius compared to Kanye. Of course he’ll mention it again, of course he’ll throw a tantrum about it, but she’s now made him complaining totally his fault.

    15 yr old Taylor wouldn’t have been that smart. She’d have latched on tight, wrote a dozen songs about it, credited Kanye in her liner notes, had the first letter of every song spell ‘Kanye Sucks’. She’s smart enough these days to see when there’s a backlash brewing (some of which she deserves) and reversing or shutting up quickly like she did with Nicki Minaj. Clever girl.

  14. Phaedra says:

    I know I’m in the minority but I love her!

  15. Alex says:

    My word what happened to her hair?! She looks awful

  16. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    As for her old boyfriend songwriting habit and why Bad Blood got bashed she missed the point by a country mile, but that’s typical of her.

  17. Tate says:

    It will drive Kanye (more) insane that she basically shrugged the whole thing off. I love it!

    • Tris says:

      Agreed! ha ha ha
      And, I think her legs look wild in this cover. I actually like it (except the hair, obviously).

  18. Nancy says:

    The hair is awful. She was smart not to comment on Kanye. Rather delusional on her dating the normal amount of men in her twenties. You could loose count, but whatever works for her.

    • Josephine says:

      Wow, didn’t realize that we women were restricted to dating a certain number of men in our twenties to be considered normal, and that anything above that number means that people get to judge us. It’s just dating. I could maybe see some scrutiny if she had multiple kids by multiple men in a 5-year span, or was a known cheater and jerk. But we’re really going to wring our hands over someone dating more than 3 people as a young woman??

      • Nancy says:

        We’re not restricted Josephine. I don’t care how many men/boys she has been with. But her image is puritanical. She writes her songs as autobiographical and that being the case, she’s loved and lost many times. I’m not “shaming” her as people love to say these days. I don’t care for her or her music so am biased. Do your thing Taylor, My bad…

      • Lex says:

        @Nancy, that’s great that you don’t care but the person above clearly does!

        We need to shake off these ridiculous rules that women are lumped with by society – they’re so insidious they sneak in even when the person is unaware. If your reaction when a woman has had several boyfriends is negative, that’s society telling you to think she is loose, easy, wayward, less worthwhile etc.

  19. ladyE says:

    I don’t like to bash someone’s appearance, but this is actually a terrifying picture. It looks “heroin chic” to me or something.

    • Ankhel says:

      More like cheap hooker. With a heroin habit. It’s awful, can’t believe she didn’t put her foot down.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        Put her foot down to Anna Wintour? Oh no she’s not that brave. She is obviously modeling herself after her anyway.

  20. SM says:

    Not really interested in Swifty. I just came here to say that upon seeing the vogue cover photo I thought it was Sienna Miller

  21. Neelyo says:

    Yes, she’s blonde and blue eyed and skinny, but I just don’t think she’s attractive. Her face is that of a rodent.

    • artpunk44 says:

      @Neelyo co-sign. I’ve personally never found her face appealing, and definitely see a rodentia quality. She is a charisma vacuum.

    • Bootsie says:

      Yes!!! Thank you!! Have always thought this…

  22. thaisajs says:

    Terrible photo. But I love the writer of this piece, Jason Gay, who usually writes about sports for the WSJ. Brilliant move getting him to do this piece. I do wonder after reading it, however, how unplugged she really is if she’s got a Vogue writer following her around all weekend when her BF is getting married.

  23. Dani says:

    Her mental age cannot be more than 15. Magical relationship? You’re 26 and you’re boyfriend is 32. Time to grow up a tad.

  24. QQ says:

    I’m so over her Terrible ass mom hair and that mousy ass color that this reads to my eyes as an improvement… personality but I KNOW it isn’t, is just actual blonde hair

  25. Kimbers says:

    Who’s the photographer on this one? Add that they suck,as well as Anna does, for this photo. They should have at least cropped this insanely horrific cover. Ya someone really hates taylor over there.

  26. Freddy Spaghetti says:

    The cover is hideous. She looks like a praying mantis. The article, however, made me like her a lot. I loved the bit where Taylor confessed she was nervous to tell her mom that she didn’t want to continue horseback riding when she was a kid. Her mom’s response was hilarious.

  27. KBeth says:

    I’ve never found her attractive but this photo is especially gruesome.

  28. HeyThere! says:

    I like that they tried to make her look different but damn, the hair is BAD. Vogue could have done A LOT better on the cover.

  29. Cynthia says:

    She seems to have matured a little, but she’s still her juvenile self on many things. She’ll be 30 soon and she still has a victim complex. She was “slaughtered” because she encouraged speculation with hints and blind items in her songs about high profile relationships and she did it consciously because she knew it would lead to more publicity.

  30. Happy21 says:

    Oh. My. God.

    The poor girl. She couldn’t possibly look worse than she does there. Her hair as of late is just terrible and they made it look as bad as it could.

  31. Suzanne says:

    Wow, that is one epically bad photo.

    Me thinks Taylor has some secret enemies at Vogue, lol!!

  32. Frankie says:

    Taylor is music not fashion so leave her alone guys. She tried. She writes great music and the same can be said about Beyonce.. They do great music but fashion not so much

  33. Josefina says:

    Private relationship? But your Instagram is full of pictures of him?

    Ah, Swifty. Bless her.

  34. holly hobby says:

    What did she do to her hair? Vogue must hate her because these pictures and the styling are bad!

    • stinky says:

      icky texturizing to thin it out and make it looks like it needs a trim – I despise this look and it wont go away.

  35. JenniferJustice says:

    The one genunitely attractive thing about her was her hair – healthy, naturally wavy/curly, naturally honey blonde, thick and virgin-like. She ruined it!!!

  36. Magnoliarose says:

    Anna Wintour needs to retire. She won’t unless forced but she has lost her touch. She can take Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney with her. The editorials have gone downhill and instead of leading the pack, she is stuck following what she thinks the young people are into but misses the mark.
    There is no way 20 years ago she would have put a model who looks like the Nepogram girls into her magazine. Cara yes because she loves British upper class models and staff members, but the others, absolutely not.
    Swiftly fits her criteria but she probably shades her too. She did it on Seth Meyers the other night. She said she saw JayZ leave early from Kanye’s fashion show and then felt it was ok for her to follow suit. Then she said she got lost in the basement and couldn’t get away until someone she barely recalled helped her.
    Basically saying JayZ thought it sucked, I did too and the best part was getting lost in the basement.

  37. claire says:

    I guess I’m in the minority. I like the photos. They are different for her and highly editorial.

  38. Sookie says:

    so that’s why she cut her hair to look like Anna witchotour!!! To get this cover. She all about being a model now

  39. Jessie says:

    She looks better with her dark blonde hair.

  40. WAMAMAx3 says:

    Ok pour to pore was corrected…but none of the other THREE typos in the first paragraph . Possible, and “that fact,” and referring to her as a “he”

  41. stinky says:

    holy texturizing shears… that hair is foul.

  42. Marianne says:

    But she was made fun of all the time for having so many boyfriends. Maybe not directly from journalists, but it was out there.

  43. Samtha says:

    Did they morph her face with Karlie’s here? It’s really…weird.

  44. SilkyMalice says:

    I don’t care if I stretched myself for 10 years, I still would not be able to do a split. My pelvis will not allow it.

  45. Patty frost says:

    Never mess with Anna Wintour. If you steal her hairstyle, she’ll make sure you look like a mop that’s run its course on the cover of her magazine.

  46. Naddie says:

    What an idiot. She’s just a poor victim of people. There was never a song about an ex, or the colecting of fashion/trendy people at cameras. Is she still friends with Lorde?

  47. perplexed says:

    Other actresses (i.e Julia Roberts) have dated as much as she has in her early twenties, but they don’t seem to have been made fun of, so I would assume it’s because of her lyrics (i.e Dear John, Style, etc.) and her liner notes.

  48. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    She looks so much like Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element. MULTIPASS!!!!

  49. I like the cover…. and taylor is just…. taylor

  50. Vegas says:

    Taylor looks amazingly sexy. I’m really loving the new look.

  51. Veronica says:

    Maybe not slaughtered, but…the treatment of female celebrities who serial date and male celebs who pretty much just f*ck around is pretty stark at times. I don’t see Nick Jonas being called a girl-crazy slut or Ed Shareen being a psycho ex, yeah? Sam Smith wrote an entire record about an ex, but he didn’t catch the flak that Swift and Adele got for theirs.

    I don’t mind the cover. She looks a big gangly (which is kind of her build to start with, but it looks like photoshopping is to blame for the odder proportions), but the styling is at least an interesting deviation from the norm for her.