Cover Girl: Taylor Swift for Vanity Fair Magazine

Posted on March 05, 2013

Ooooh, Miss Tay. We don’t want to start trouble or anything, but…

 

Taylor Swift covers the April 2013 issue of Vanity Fair magazine photographed by Peter Lindbergh.

Someone at Vanity Fair really doesn’t like you. That is easily the worst picture of her we’ve ever seen.

Inside, dumb celeb-speak:

On being boy-crazy: “It’s why I have to avoid the tabloid part of our culture, because they turn you into a fictional character. For a female to write about her feelings, and then be portrayed as some clingy, insane, desperate girlfriend in need of making you marry her and have kids with her, I think that’s taking something that potentially should be celebrated—a woman writing about her feelings in a confessional way—that’s taking it and turning it and twisting it into something that is frankly a little sexist.”

On rumors that she buys houses near boys she likes: “People say that about me, that I apparently buy houses near every boy I like—that’s a thing that I apparently do. If I like you I will apparently buy up the real-estate market just to freak you out so you leave me. One of these things I say to myself to calm myself down when I feel like it’s all too much . . . If there’s a pregnancy rumor, people will find out it’s not true when you wind up not being pregnant, like nine months from now, and if there’s a house rumor, they’ll find out it’s not true when you are actively not ever spotted at that house.”

Is it us, or is the “It’s just so hard being a famous, wealthy celebrity and having all these people talk shit about you” interview becoming more and more common lately? Get over yourselves, stars. Until you have to deal with an ill child, underwater mortgage or a lack of health insurance, shut up about your precious, unique problems.

Chanel Spring 2013 Couture Collection/Model: Maria Loks (NEXT)

 

Gorgeous dress, though. Too editorial for a red carpet, but perfect for Tay on a mag cover.

[Photo Credit: Peter Lindbergh for Vanity Fair, style.com]

    • Sobaika

      A) That’s a terrible cover.

      B) Her own shame-y lyrics aside, she has a point about the boy-crazy rumors.

      • SassieCassy

        to me it is not as bad as it is off-brand, she looks really young. if this were a cover from her ‘tim mcgraw’ days then it would make sense.

        • Delaney Davis

           Yes – it looks like a picture of her from when she was a kid or something

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

        I was thinking the same about the first answer she gave, it’s surprisingly self-aware. Well, at least for someone who I didn’t see as an artist with a lot of depth. She always sounded like she was reading a card, very much like Britney Spears.

        And her face looks awful.

        • Sobaika

          She probably was. Written by a publicist and taylor-made (haha!) to sound interesting.

          • Gi11

            I think that’s a bit ridiculous to say that she has no depth. Sure she may write songs about boys she dates. But she has made 3 albums of songs written by her and won awards for her songwriting. I think she’s well spoken enough to say something like this. 

            • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

               Yeah, but John Lennon was a musical genius, and he still had so little self-awareness to compare his band to Jesus.  Song-writing skills and self-awareness are often different things.  (And I like her — I like anyone who I feel takes shit unfairly, and those songs may not be deep, but they are damn catchy and fun to sing along with)

            • Gi11

              Ah yes but I’m gonna say that Taylor Swift does significantly less drugs than John Lennon did. 

      • AnaRoW

         I can sympathize with most celebrities to a point but she’s made a career out of publicly dating famous men, breaking up after a few months and then writing songs about the breakups.  Who wouldn’t think she was boy-crazy?

        • barbarienne

           I don’t think she’s boy-crazy; I think she’s twenty-three years old.

          Some 23YOs are very mature and sensible. And others are in the entertainment industry, where perspective is hard to come by.

          At least she writes her own songs and plays musical instruments. That puts her ahead of a lot of most manufactured pop princesses. Heck, that puts her ahead of Madonna.

    • ChiliP

      That is, by far, the worst picture of Taylor I’ve ever seen. Good God.

      Not even touching the quotes. 

      • aeb1986

         she looks hungover

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      Slow clap for the person who chose that photo.

      • Carly Warnock

        slow clap for this comment.

    • oldbobbydraper

      you think this pic is bad? google her to see her without ANY make up and be horrified.

      • http://twitter.com/hugandpint Courtenay P

        oh god I just did that. Eek.

        • Funkykatt

          I wish I looked that good without makeup. I actually think she looks pretty on the cover. 

      • ChiliP

         I just did, and I dunno…she still looks cute. Not as red carpet ready as we’re accustomed to seeing our celebs, but anyone is going to look different bare faced if you usually only see them caked in war paint.

        What bothers me about the “stars without makeup” pictures is, more often than not, they are still wearing makeup! Like, visible mascara, lip gloss, concealer, etc. In other words, typical day-to-day makeup for us commoners.

        • Alyssa

          That really bothers me as well! If you say no makeup, then mean it!

        • Funkykatt

          or Photoshop….lots of it too. 

      • Cautia

        I know, she’s quite the monster right? She looks a lot closer to an average woman, I think I need to go burn my eyes out.  ::shudder::

      • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

         I googled. She’s very pretty.

    • http://twitter.com/hugandpint Courtenay P

      Hiddy bangs.

      I’m surprised you guys didn’t use the quote where she said there’s a special place in hell for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

      • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

        I’m surprised, too.  I expected TLo to send out the call for all the precious unborn fawns to take up their pitchforks and torches.

      • urbanamish

        right? learn to take a joke.  and of all people to call out for being unsupportive to other women..tina and amy?  fantastic feminists, funny as hell.

        • http://twitter.com/iJenmac Jennifer McClory

           Exactly.  Amy Poehler’s left pinky has done more to advance women than Taylor ever has.

        • MK03

          She should read Tina Fey’s book. Then maybe she’d realize how idiotic her remark was. Tina Fey IS the face of modern feminism as far as I’m concerned. TayTay just can’t take a damn joke. 

          • urbanamish

            also amy poehler’s smart girl at the party website. she answers questions from young girls. she’s honest  funny smart amazing

          • Elizabeth Silverstein

            I teach feminist theory and I think you are totally right about Tina, she is the face of modern feminism. Taylor, is a lesson in why we still need feminists like Tina and Amy (and all of the academic writers and social activists too). And, I don’t mean Taylor personally, I am not attacking her as a woman, but as a cultural concept.

      • http://twitter.com/starlounging Ann M. Erickson

        Yes, that was totally whiny. I mean, come on. You’re selling a personality type with your music. She needs to deal with humor about it and get over herself.

      • http://twitter.com/luqluqe LuqeMann

        If every comedian who have ever offended anyone at one point of their career is going to hell, then I guess hell is a very fun place to be.

      • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

        Like some other well-off women, Swift has learned to use feminist vocabulary to delegitimize anything bad said about her. And ONLY for that.

    • Squarah

      Preach, TLo! I vehemently agree.

    • Cz

      If, according to her, there is a special place in hell for Tina and Amy (and their spectacularity), then there is a special place in heaven for the person who chose this cover photo.

      I get it, she’s tired of people bashing her, but hating on two women who empower other women isn’t the way to go, Tay.

      • jilly_d

        I haven’t read the interview, but wow. If there IS a special place in hell for Tina and Amy, I’ve got seven words for Taylor: I want to go to there.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401197785 Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

          You are made of awesome.

        • charlotte

           And what will we all be doing there? High fiving a million angels!

        • kimmeister

          Have I suddenly forgotten how to count?

          • DeborahJozayt

            The snaps she made at the end of her sentence count as a word :)

            • jilly_d

              kimmeister, apologies.  My mathematical skills were temporarily eclipsed by my blind rage at someone saying my homegirls are going to hell.  Though I much prefer Deborah’s explaination above,  thanks darling.

      • Chasity Mcdonald

        This is her quote about Tina and Amy’s jokes – “I was just sort of like, Oh well, you know, I can laugh at myself,” Swift, who was supposedly in the bathroom when it was going on, said of the hosts’ riff on whether or not she should go after Michael J. Fox’s son or indulge in some “me” time.
        “But what it ended up adding to was this whole kind of everyone jumping on the bandwagon of ‘Taylor dates too much’—which, you know, if you want some big revelation, since 2010 I have dated exactly two people.”

        It seemed to me that the other quote was about mean girls in general

        • Sobaika

          Yeah, based on the stuff I had read it wasn’t a direct dig at Tina and Amy.

          She’s still really whiny.

        • Nonmercisansfacon

          No, this *is* her quote about Amy and Tina: “You know, Katie Couric is one of my favorite people [Taylor Swift tells Vanity Fair contrinuting editor Nancy Jo Sales on the subject of mean girls in general and in response to an incident at this year's Golden Globes, where Amy Poehler and Tina Fey mocked her highly scrutinized love life] …. Because she said to me she had heard of a quote that she loved that said ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help any women”. 

          • Chasity Mcdonald

            right I know that she said that but she also said the quote I posted in the same interview, but that one doesn’t make her look like a humorless bitch so no on is interested in reporting it to give the comment full context. She is obviously whiny, but the whole thing seems like a leap to call that a direct response to the joke.

            • Nonmercisansfacon

              Yes I have read the full page of interview that is available on Vanity Fair which why I provided the full quote that was at the beginning of the article.  You wanted to squew/ biais her comment by saying “This is her quote about Tina and Amy’s jokes”.  And now you are trying to say she was *just* making a broad general point about  mean girls than giving “a direct repsonse to the joke”. What part of “and in response to an incident at this year’s Golden Globes, where Amy Poehler and Tina Fey mocked her highly scrutinized love life”  is not clear enough?  

            • Chasity Mcdonald

              that isn’t the full quote I did misrepresent that she didn’t say the thing about a special place in hell I should have said she didn’t say just that. On other sites you see that right before she says the quote you posted she says what I posted. I guess when I say it isn’t direct to me it seems like the interviewer made that connection for us when it could have been said at a completely different time in the interview. I don’t really know.  I think Taylor whines a lot, but to me the quote should be presented fully before we decide she can’t take a joke. 

            • Cz

              From the Vanity Fair site excerpt, it’s worded as if a direct dig, but I will concede that it could very well be sensationalist editing on VF’s part. 

              And as penance for letting myself be reeled in by the hype of said quotes, I will watch that video of I Knew You Were Trouble videos with the goats and Nicolas Cage again.

      • SarahShean

        Amy Poehler was asked about the whole incident (sorry, I am not usually this gossip-y, but this sh*t is good)…
        Reached by The Hollywood Reporter for comment, Poehler, who is active in women’s causes — including a Smart Girls YouTube channel dedicated to empowering younger girls — said: 

        “Aw, I feel bad if she was upset. I am a feminist, and she is a young and talented girl. That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff. “

        • Mismarker

          Holy crap, I love Amy Poehler.

        • formerlyAnon

           Amy Poehler. Someone who sees that she’s a celebrity and de facto role model whether she wants to be or not, and steps up to the plate. XO

          • Sobaika

            I bow to Amy just like all of you, but in fairness, she is a forty-something mother of two who is college educated and worked her up with the industry rung by rung.

            • formerlyAnon

              True.

        • GorgeousThings

          She’s from my hometown. Go Team Amy!!!!

        • Zaftiguana

          She’s so classy. In her shoes, I probably would have tucked in even just one extra barb, like “Unlike Taylor Swift, I’m willing to call myself a feminist and care about women’s issues ALL the time, not just when I want to ignorantly play them as a trump card when I think someone was mean to me,” and then gone on from there.

          • Elizabeth Silverstein

            OMG ^This. 

    • jkatkins

      Oh Tay, you and your top 2% of the first world problems!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2LIE6ISFQUBIAO7OB6U5TAVXXQ Depot'er

      holy photoshop set on spackle mode!…

      Anyone remember Juice Newton? (Queen of Hearts)

      • mjude

        yes & HA!

    • MissMariRose

      Until you have to deal with an ill child, underwater mortgage or a lack
      of health insurance, shut up about your precious, unique problems.

      *STANDING OVATION*

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        yes… and admire the audacious irony of celeb whinery with another cover story: The 15 year old girl who took on the Taliban.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Ooooo trouble trouble trouble….

      • PastryGoddess

        I hate you…that song is stuck in my head

        GAHHHHHHH

    • Alyssa

      That is a terrible, terrible picture of her. And I do get so tired of hearing celebrities complain about rumors & tabloids (even if the point she’s making is valid). You’re famous, deal with it. Until you have a real tragedy, like a 3-yr old niece who’s been in a coma for 9 months after nearly drowning, don’t try to make me feel sorry for you for your “problems”.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        posted to wrong place

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000905542323 Rhonda Shore

      What a whiner…like she’s the first female song-writer with confessional lyrics.  I guess she never heard of Joni Mitchell.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        or Heart, Carly Simon, Tori Amos, Carole King, Leslie Gore…

        • Indovina

          Or pretty much everyone since Enheduanna or at least Sappho of Mytilene.

          (Depending on how generally we choose to understand “feelings”.)

          • filmcricket

            Thank you, that was my reaction. I mean, she has a point about the gossip machine – the other people referenced here did not live in the era of TMZ – but there’s a reason some women responded so strongly to the likes of Ani Difranco and Tracy Chapman: for a while, at least, they were talking about something other than their romantic feelings. Singing about how much your boyfriend sucks does not make you a special snowflake.

            • Indovina

              Yes. It’s just little strange to say that emotionally confessional song-writing should potentially be celebrated – as though it weren’t already – when in terms of critical and social reception throughout history, relationships and religion are pretty much the only subjects that women were, in a sense, allowed to write poems or songs about.

            • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

              You two hit it on the head. Personally, with all respect to female singer-songwriters who write about their romantic relationships (because obviously there are many amazing artists answering that description), I love finding ones who write about other subjects. Politics, childhood, whatever. Apart from being fresher, it also feels like they’re breaking some kind of barrier.

            • Elizabeth Silverstein

              This just makes me think of Ani, the Indigo Girls, Tracy Chapman, to name just a few off the top of my head. They write amazing, heartfelt songs about the pain and joy of romantic love, but they also sing political anthems, songs about violence against women, songs about the power of friendship – you know actual feminist shit. 

          • Vlasta Bubinka

            sing it, sister!

      • RebeccaKW

         I also feel like…what kind of confessional, empowering feelings do you have about someone you dated for just 2 or 3 months?  I mean, break-ups can be painful, but what kind of intense feelings can you have about someone that, truthfully, you barely know?

        • Chasity Mcdonald

          can you really judge how seriously she took those relationships just because they were short? There is a lot wrong with Taylor Swift, but she isn’t the only one who plays the pop game.  If we are calling her out what about Lady Gaga, Rhianna, Katy Perry are they really spitting out truth about life in their songs?

          • RebeccaKW

            I’m not saying she didn’t feel heartache.  Just that I don’t agree with her song-writing being quite as confessional as she claims.  I get that it is a release and an inspiration to her, but I also see where people get the idea she’s clingy.

            I wasn’t calling anyone out, I was giving my opinion about what she said in the interview excerpt. 

        • oldbobbydraper

          well, adele is hardly a woman who has/had been around the life/love block, herself. she was 20, and they were together less than two years. she and taylor are both kids who were in kid relationships that were never going to last. adele is better at song-writing than taylor, who has all the talent of a 13 year old writing a diary, but that’s where her wisdom/experience over taylor ends.

          now i have to go listen to carole king and janis ian and pretend like these girls don’t exist.

          • Cz

            Thank you for reminding me about Janis Ian!

          • demidaemon

            To be fair to Adele, her lyrics tend to have a lot more deth than Swift’s (and she’s just a sheer powerhouse of a singer!).

          • RebeccaKW

             I don’t think being 20 makes it a kid relationship.  My parents married when they were 18, still together.  I went to high school with people who married as soon as we graduated, and they are still together, 15+ years later.  And I think you can be in love even if you date less than 2 years.  Truthfully, I suppose it’s possible Taylor loved the boyfriends all these songs are about.  My point was that IMO writing confessional songs isn’t what gives the impression Taylor is clingy, it’s the fact she writes them about everyone she dates, regardless of how long they were together.  If I dated someone and after 2 months, he told me that he loved me, I would be freaked out.  And if he wrote songs or poems about me after we broke up, I would definitely classify him as clingy, desperate, insane.

    • MilaXX

      My favorite bit is where she alludes to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler going to hell for talking smack about her.

      • warontara

        By quoting Katie Couricc, who was quoting Madeleine Albright.

    • meowing

      “Until you have to deal with an ill child, underwater mortgage or a lack of health insurance, shut up about your precious, unique problems.”

      Amen, TLo.  Well said.  Now, can you rent giant billboards with that printed on them?

    • Trisha26

      I think she looks young for once – and dare I say it “real.” But that interview negates even a whiff of connection to the real world. 

    • http://www.lindamerrill.com Linda Merrill

      I don’t think it’s a terrible picture of her – it just makes her look very young. As for the quotes, eh, she’s only, what, 22? – what are they supposed to be talking about? They are asked questions and need to provide an answer. She could say something like – yeah, it can be a pain, but really, there are so many more important issues in the world and afterall, I am so lucky being rich, young and beautiful. Then she’d get a whole other raft of manure for sounding “faux-sincere”. It’s a lose-lose no matter what she says.

    • http://twitter.com/lisledanielle Danielle Lisle

      Yes, it must be absolutely awful to have millions of dollars and access to beautiful clothes and men. Poor dear. 

    • TAT93

      That cover is…priceless. You see Adele writing about her love life and all everyone can say is that her sons are amazing. But when you choose to flash every one of your 30-second “relationships” all over town, it’s kinda hard for people not to notice, plus not to mention your super literal lyrics. Come on now, Tay.

    • teensmom99

      Don’t you think the dress is a little Miss Haversham-y.  Doesn’t do a lot to dispel the rumors about her boying boy-mad & their leaving her . . .

      • IMNAngryLiberal

        Oooh, yes, exactly that….not so much on the cover, but definitely on the model.  

        • kimmeister

          What the heck does the model have on her feet!

          • IMNAngryLiberal

            From a write-up on the Chanel Spring 2013 Couture Collection ….  the legs were still covered—in very high boots made from lace and snakeskin (and sometimes with the classic Chanel contrast toe fabrication simply removed).

    • altalinda

      Tay’s boy and press problems, Whatever.  What I really want to know about are those rings — or is it just one ring? — that she’s sporting on the cover. 

    • http://twitter.com/margcellent Marguerite

      1) Agree, awful cover. 
      2) Full disclosure: not a fan
      3) I’m not surprised she was whining about “poor little ‘ole me” in the interview as  It’s her schtick to act more like a whiny adolescent than a grown woman (Ex. A: Grammy performance).
      4) Unsolicited career advice: Stop singing about your break ups, stop blaming the young boys you choose to date and stop whining about how hard you have it. It’s unattractive, narcissistic and boring. Me thinks the woman/child doth protest too much.

    • zuzu

      “People say that about me, that I apparently buy houses near every boy I like”

      Maybe if you stopped dating boys and started dating men, this might not be such an issue.

    • Imasewsure

      I love that whole look on the model… I gloss over the words by celebs in these types of magazines.

    • http://twitter.com/LopezMolly Molly Lopez

      She talks shit about Tina fey and Amy Poehler; “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”; Bitch you never disrespect Tina and Amy. 

      • Chasity Mcdonald

        why can’t some of their jokes be problematic? I didn’t think the Globes joke was a big deal, but it is possible for likable people to say sexist bs.

        • PastryGoddess

          Well their joke about TSwift was not sexist or problematic…it was right on point and perfectly timed.  She would have had a better chance at landing that dig if she hadn’t been the butt of that joke.

          I’m not saying that Tina and Amy don’t say offensive things, but this was not one of those times

          • Chasity Mcdonald

            Right that is kind of exactly what I said. I was commenting on the fact that the original post seemed to imply that you can’t comment on anything these two say because they are “Tina and Amy”. Like as a woman I can’t see fault in anything they say because it is them. 

            I actually didn’t think the jokes were offensive, but they weren’t about me. I always hate it when people tell me when to be offended. She overreacted maybe, but if every tabloid story about you was painting you as a crazy person who dates everything with a pulse and is obsessed with getting married and having a baby at 22 or 23 the joke might not appeal to you either. It was the easy joke and people acted like it was genius because they said it. 

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      I always thought her makeup would improve if she stopped running a black sharpie around her eyes.  Turns out ringing them in white isn’t all that much better.  With all her faults, she’s a conventionally pretty girl with nice blue eyes – is it really so hard to get her makeup right? 

    • ankali

      Funny, those are the most likable quotes I’ve ever heard from her.

    • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

      “It’s just so hard being a famous, wealthy celebrity and having all
      these people talk shit about you” (…) Get over yourselves, stars.

      oh, but you see, she *isnt* a celebrity, not really. shes the girl next door! a normal person, *just like you* !!!

      *vomits*

    • snarkykitten

      Question 1: is she over 18?
      Question 2: if so, why is  she still referring to the dudes she dates as “boys”?

      • Indovina

        Answer 1: Yes.
        Answer 2: Neoteny is so hot right now.

      • MilaXX

        Answer 2:Depending on who it is, some of them are boys. The last two I believe were in the 17/18 year old demographic.

      • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

        I dunno, it doesn’t bother me. Why do we routinely refer to 30-year-old women as “girls”?

        • formerlyAnon

          Depending on the context, it doesn’t seem wrong to me. My “girl friends” will mostly never see 50 again, and I expect to call them that till we drop.

          Now, in the office, I wouldn’t refer to women as girls. Unless I were also calling the men boys. Which I’ve been known to do.

    • formerlyAnon

      Now fellas. Did you just bring the perspective of (gasp!) *real* problems to bear on celebrity interviews??!

      Pour yourselves a drink, or have an aspirin with a cup of tea. Put your feet up. Have an evening off.  Too much of that thinking will sour you on your current endeavors and we minions will have to learn to stumble through life without you. 

    • Chasity Mcdonald

      is she the only celebrity selling that? Why have so many people fallen all over Jennifer Lawrence lately? I’m not saying you are wrong about her image, but I never understand why it is charming when some celebs do it, but fake when others do. They are all fake in some ways who cares?

      • glennethph

        No, but she sure writes about it a lot.

    • formerlyAnon

      Also: I can only thank God (or the uncaring Universe) on my knees that no one interviewed ME in my teens or twenties and put my sincere and godawful deep thoughts on record.  (Probably still applies if I were dumb enough to say anything remotely personal for publication now, decades later.)

      • twocee

        This.  I was interviewed from my college newspaper eons ago.  I found the quotes the other day while cleaning out some boxes and I was mortified.  Truly, we shouldn’t be allowed to be quoted until we’re at least 30.

    • blondie65

      “Is it us, or is the “It’s just so hard being a famous, wealthy celebrity and having all these people talk shit about you” interview becoming more and more common lately? Get over yourselves, stars. Until you have to deal with an ill child, underwater mortgage or a lack of health insurance, shut up about your precious, unique problems.”

      This x infinity.  Thank you. 

    • libraangel

      I am getting soooooo sick of her now a la Anne Hathaway and Miley

      • Chasity Mcdonald

        I swear the internet has made me like these girls. I get that they are obnoxious, but it is so overboard. The Anne Hathaway BS infuriates me. again I recognize that she became grating, but every actor and actress nominated wanted that Oscar she was just the worst at hiding it. 

    • http://twitter.com/shittybonmots shanna

      Here’s my thing with T. Swift: 
      1. You put your love life out on display because you write songs about it. It’s ok for you to profit off of shitty songs about your exes but the media/public can’t call shenanigans on you for it?
      2. She makes herself look really immature. She’s in her 20s, dating 17 & 18 year olds and when the relationships end, they are respectful and quiet while she goes on stage and brags about performing at the Grammys while they’re stuck at home.

      But everyone else is disrespectful and “hating”. I just don’t buy it. 

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        3.  “Waaaahhh!!!  I got a papercut on my ass from rolling around in giant piles of my money!”

    • ceceliadid

      Keira Knightly could rock that dress.

    • PeaceBang

      I really don’t know a thing about this girl. I don’t think I’ve ever heard one of her songs and I always confuse her with one of the Gossip Girls. But of course she’s in my celeb-soaked consciousness. I think she looks real and pretty on this cover except for those ridiculous bangs. And I REALLY like what she has to say about the sexist tropes constantly trotted out by the media. Jennifer Aniston should take her to lunch, because Aniston is the poster girl for that kind of ridiculous story (“she can’t getta guy, she must be ready to jump off a bridge cuz her life ain’t got no meaning”). Talk back, girl. Good to hear from you. Push it back. Challenge the bullshit culture. I’m all in favor of that.

      • makeityourself

        Dear PeaceBang, if you are living out in the world, like going to the doctor’s office or to the grocery store, you have heard one of her songs.  You may not realize it, but you’ve heard it, for better or for worse.

      • Nonmercisansfacon

        She isn’t one to ‘challenge’ the sexist bullshit double-standard culture She is part of it, she feeds it with some of her slut-shaming lyrics. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arjay-Gallo/1336876862 Arjay Gallo

      Laughing forever at TSwift crying about how sexist criticizing HER is (you think she cares about other women?) while most of her songs are about how other girls are horrible disgusting tramps but she’s so sweet and important and virginal.

      • Laylalola

        There’s that! And she’s astonishingly thin-skinned for someone who takes nasty shots at people in basically every song.

    • Anniebet

      I just wish we could see that fabulous dress on her. But make it in black and it’s totally Helena Bonham Carter.

    • Qitkat

      I’M NOT HER REAL MOM EITHER.
      But if the shoe fits…

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      TLo said:  “Get over yourselves, stars. Until you have to deal with an ill child, underwater mortgage or a lack of health insurance, shut up about your precious, unique problems.”

      I love you. This is why I’m a Bitter Kitten.  I may not get here as frequently as I’d like to, but you keep me coming back.

    • Airkisses

      It’s like someone ANTI-photoshopped her!

    • Airkisses

      She claims to still feel like that middle school outsider in an attempt to be “relatable” when, in truth, she is young, white, pretty, rich, with a long string of celebrity boyfriends. She’s as far away from a middle school outsider as one could possibly get. The result is pretty inauthentic sounding music.

      • Chasity Mcdonald

        Does it bother you when other celebrities pull that same shtick? Because I think if you need to call out a long list of bullshit artists if you feel the need to mention this about her.  

    • decormaven

      Funny, she looks kinda like Hayley Mills here. Too bad we can’t see more of the gown from this shot. Infinitely more interested in it than the “thoughts” included in the interview.

    • guest2visits

      Her interview sounds alittle disjointed and rambling… but I guess her point from this excerpt is she’s tired of the lies and rumors
      about being boy-crazy; which I am so tired of hearing about myself (but not as much as I am bored by her lyrics). A guy her age wouldn’t
      be hearing about it everytime he started seeing someone new. At least not with such vindictiveness. That being said; I don’t care
      enough about it to feel like it matters at all. She’s not a bad person, she really hasn’t lived a life yet, it’s still about boyfriends and this

      great gig she has. I don’t discount the possibility Taylor may actually become a better writer/artist with valuable messages to deliver.
      And none of this is as important or real as the situations TLo talked about, of course.

      I like the cover; she looks very young and natural; not as sleek, chic, and perfectly packaged as the last few clothing campaigns
      where she was photographed beautifully, but as an art object.  I think she’s great for the camera and this is just another look.

    • quiltrx

      It’s weird–they made her look really childish.  And they should have shown MUCH more of that gorgeous dress.

    • Jecca2244

      I want VF to refund me the part of my subscription for this issue. Ugh. Have all the magazines run out of people to put on their covers?

    • Ceur

      That’s exactly how my hair looked when I cut it myself as a 6 year old. 

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

      I hate women being referred to as “females”. I also would never have guessed that that was the dress she was wearing. Bit of a waste of a cover really.

    • http://twitter.com/kristenelle Kristenelle Coronado

      TLo, is the photo worse than this? http://www.covergirl.com/images/en-US/OurCovergirl/Taylor_LPLipcolor_Look.jpg

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/57DSN5XCR5VONZ2JUMQ5M6EF54 Sabrina

      May sound like her problems are nothing, and in comparison, they may be, but the interviewer did ask about them, so she answered. And it is everyone’s ‘job’, after all, to present an image, however false or true, that will allow one to make a living.  Celebrities happen to be more highly scrutinized by us, the unforgiving, shit-talking public.  I wouldn’t like it either. And i’m not famous.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H3XBSNN3JLZWI4R2EPZ2BQYT5U Suzanne S

      Vanity Fair has been my favorite magazine for many years. I am stunned (for many reasons) that they would put Taylor Swift on the cover. If I wanted to buy a magazine with her vapid self on the cover, I’d buy Glamour, Marie Claire, Seventeen, etc.  I just don’t see too many VF readers being of the age or demographic to know who she is, let alone to like her.

      • Chasity Mcdonald

        I don’t get this comment… Now Taylor Swift can’t grace the same cover as noted intellectuals Justin Bieber and Kristen Stewart? It is just another magazine and she is just another person promoting something. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      She’s got a legit gripe about the lyrics stuff — why shouldn’t see write about guys she dates?  That’s what most 22 year old girls are likely to write songs about.  And why shouldn’t she date all these people?  She’s 22! 

      • guest2visits

        Agree – I don’t know why she shouldn’t be ‘serial’ dating at this point in her life or career. If it were a guy I doubt there would
        be as much outrage everytime he started seeing someone new. And she’s dated guys quite abit older (Jake G and John M for a couple), as well as her age and a few yrs. younger. There’s nothing wrong with finding the right one either; if you’re lucky
        enough – and settling down. But since when does everyone need to follow the same life plan?
        And yes, I find the music abit irritating – but then I’m not her audience. And it has more to do with the baby-like pitch of her
        voice than anything else.

    • Jessica Goldstein

      Two quick responses: On the real problems, underwater mortgage, ill child comment. Bravo! And thank you.
      On the dress being too editorial for the red carpet, I bet Charlize Theron or Cate Blanchett could make it work!

    • barbarienne

      Just because they’re high-quality problems doesn’t mean they’re not problems.

      Once upon a time celebrities could occasionally have parts of their lives to themselves. This is now almost impossible unless they purchase private retreats and mount anti-aircraft guns on the roof.

      She’s still really young, still at the OH THE DRAMA phase of life. With luck, she’ll get over it eventually–probably about the time she realizes that it doesn’t matter what the tabloids say.

    • pookiesmom

      I actually really love her interview responses. They’re mature and grounded. This is the first time I’ve sat up and noticed Taylor Swift, to be honest. I’m really sick of how vicious the press is with lady stars. Not necessarily because I pity them, but because it is a reflection of the casual misogyny that happens in this country ALL THE TIME. It’s not us vs. the stars, it’s that the stars are reflections of how ALL women of power are criticized and picked apart and attacked for not being grateful enough, or gracious enough, or funny enough, or for appearing to have too much of an ego, or not enough.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001998855370 Fatima Siddique

      “actively not ever spotted at that house”….Miss America, ladies and gents!

    • Elizabeth Silverstein

      Dear Tay-Tay,
      I am team Tina and Amy, but I can still be objective. Your hair and make-up look terrible and your inside ugly is showing in the words you are saying.

    • ellabob

      NO talent – great publicist – annoying as hell and can’t take a joke…. who cares??

    • http://twitter.com/meumar meumar mur

      I agree with her on the first point, actually – for me, it’s not about ‘celebrity problems’ but portrayals of women in the media. Why is she always depicted as being so boy crazy or flaky just because she writes about her ex’s? 

    • glennethph

      The New Normal encapsulated it for me, the thing I find hilarious/dislike most about her:

       “Oh no, I’ve been dumped again. I’ll write a song about it, ignoring the fact that I’m the common denominator in all my failed relationships.”