Cover Girl: Taylor Swift for InStyle Magazine

Posted on October 17, 2013

Taylor Swift covers the November 2013 issue of InStyle magazine in Burberry Prorsum photographed by Giampaolo Sgura.


We’ve always said* that if Taylor absolutely has to do that twee thing, then she should glam it up a bit as she gets older. Twee and bling actually go together quite well. We hereby dub it “Tweebling.” Taylor is tweebling here and it’s working like gangbusters. If she didn’t have all that shine going on at the neckline, we’d probably hate this.

*Possibly never said.


On finding love: “I think that you can love people without it being the great love. Ed [Sheeran] said something that really resonated with me. He says there are different kinds of love: There’s physical attraction, mental attraction, and emotional attraction; there’s also comfort and obsession. You need to have all of those things in one person. You have to mentally respect them, be physically attracted, and have a comfort level. You’re obsessed with them, yet you also know they’re going to stay. I’ve never had that in one person.”

On the perfect guy: “My friends tease me about the fact that if someone seems bad or shady or like they have a secret, I find them incredibly interesting. That’s just a phase I’ve been in lately. I don’t think this should be how I proceed in life. It’s important to be self-aware about these things because you don’t want to end up with that guy.”


We don’t blame her entirely for this because the press is largely at fault too, but the constant, relentless focus with her on finding love and finding the perfect guy is just so… we don’t know. Retro. And not in a good way.


Burberry Prorsum Resort 2014 Collection






[Photo Credit: Giampaolo Sgura for InStyle Magazine,]

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  • gabbilevy

    The outfit is a winner for her, but… that is not a human head.

    • AlisonS

      I stared at it for much longer than one should look at Taylor Swift and realized that under a really shitty mane, they completely deformed her face while still making it look humanoid. So disturbing for some reason.

    • Little_Olive

      Thank you. That’s not even photoshop, it’s the Truman Burbank technique. Can we also talk about the mannequin limb that is coming out of the skirt?

    • MK03

      Between the awful hair and the Photoshoped-to-oblivion face, she looks disconcertingly like a blow-up doll.

    • demidaemon

      Oh, I totally agree. She’s poreless, and that hair looks like the 80s shacked up in here. She has helmet head on a magazine cover. That’s just not right.

  • hughman

    She should write a song about breaking up with her hair.

    • Sara

      It is horrid. She needs a new style.

      • Rhonda Shore

        She also needs a new lipstick. The dark red has never been right for her.

    • RebeccaKW

      I was just looking at it, wondering if that was a bad wig. I’m not really a fan of hers, but I always thought she had pretty hair. This looks incredibly damaged and a bit like fur.

    • mlle

      Praise Photoshop, at least it’s not the same colour as her face in this shot.

  • StelledelMare

    She literally looks like a CGI person or a mannequin in that cover. Colors are great though

    • melisaurus

      lolol that photo is awful. it looks like they just copy and pasted different eyes nose and mouth that were similar to hers on to a skin colored circle.

  • 1tsplove

    OMG thank you, TLo. I completely agree!!!! Like her music or not, she has talent and I’m sure she has a hell of a lot more interesting things to talk about than just looking for love. Puke.

    • Blair Sylvester

      Going off of her song book it doesn’t seem that she has any more to say or she hasn’t said it yet. I used to really like her music but it hasn’t really grown at all

      • 1tsplove

        Sure, but she could talk about being taken seriously in the music industry (both as a woman and a young person), her personal style, her feelings about her career…ANYTHING remotely substantive is better than this outdated form of Q&A where there are these heteronormative assumptions that every girl is just out there looking for her SOULMATE and that’s all readers would ever care to hear about.

        • Adrianna Grężak

          As an NYU grad, I salute your use of the word “heteronormative”

        • Blair Sylvester

          They might touch on those aspects as well in the interview. But her whole image is predicated on her quest for love / a soulmate and the various ways that love falls apart. And why are we dismissing love as being insubstantial (or is it just her commentary on it ) when love is arguably one of the weightiest questions that our culture deals with. Like it or not love has a huge impact on the individual and society.

          • mightbewrong

            I think it’s more Taylor’s juvenile way of approaching love than the concept of love itself. It makes her seem very one-dimensional.

        • StylishDreaming

          She does talk a lot about dealing with fame, having been a kid performing her songs at cafes, feminism and the music industry, etc etc. but of course magazines think her quotes about love are the only ones that people are interested in, or her “selling point”. *gigantic eye roll* Please, give the girl a little more credit.

          • 1tsplove

            Oh no, I totally agree. My frustration is with the magazine, not her.

          • StylishDreaming

            Sorry, I didn’t make myself clear. I was seconding your point :)

          • cocohall

            It is In Style, after all. It’s like going to KFC and expecting a gourmet preparation of organic chicken breast. But I think in general, writers who interview celebrities have some sort of narrative they want to advance, and Taylor could be spouting Proust and it wouldn’t be included in the final interview. It is almost as if there is a group of celebrities that have been “cast” in an ongoing series that plays out in the popular media, and the roles are very rigidly enforced: Kardashians/town sluts, Taylor Swift/pretty girl unlucky in love, Jennifer Aniston/spurned woman who longs for a baby to make her complete, George Clooney/perpetual playboy – well that actually seems to be true, Matthew McConaughy/reformed playboy who found love with a good woman, etc.

  • MilaXX

    Okay I’m a magpie and would wear that sweater in a heartbeat. I am still incredibly bored at with Taylor’s insistence on vocalizing her life as she goes though the developmental stages. At least when she was just writing songs about it I could turn the radio off.

    • Sara

      She can’t control what interviewers ask her though. It’s probably what sells the most copies.

      • MilaXX

        But she can control the reply. A simple “I’d rather not talk about my personal life” seems to work for a lot of celebrities.

        • Sara

          Very true but for TSwift she’s past the point of being able to decline comment on her personal life (i.e., why would she stop talking about it *now*?). I suppose the two sort of feed into each other. She talks about her personal life more candidly than a lot of people as famous as she is, and then that’s all she’s ever asked about. (Does she have anything to promote right now that would be more interesting?).

          • MilaXX

            I don’t agree. I think saying “I’ve shared enough” would be a nice start. My question is whether she has it within her to maintain such a stance.

        • alyce1213

          I’m not so sure that would work for her. Interview over, is what I think.
          And I LOVE that sweater. It’s my color, and the construction is great.

          • MilaXX

            Maybe initially and in this day and age that would spark a completely new set of interviews and articles. However I think sticking to such a stance wouldn’t hurt her in the long run. She’s not my cuppa, but there are plenty of people still interested in her clothes, looks and music. I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

        • Rhonda Shore

          she loves expounding on this topic, it’s tiresome.

      • MilaXX

        Actually celebs do all the time. The publicist or whomever typically lets them know what they are and aren’t allowed to ask. Do some reporters try to ignore that? Yes, but unless they are Barbra Walters or Oprah they often end up not getting another interview.

    • Ms_Flyover

      MilaXX – I have to ask. new cat? (yes it’s off topic, but I’ll agree – TS lovelife .. ZZZZZZZZ)

      • MilaXX

        Not so new, just all grown up. This is the kitten I found last summer. She turned a year in August

  • LondonMarriott

    There’s a lot of overexposure going on in that photo, literally and figuratively.

  • misstressofsylar

    Fun fact: here in our part of the world, a quirky company has come up with a planner for 2014 and she’s the pin up girl for December. and I quote “the image model for the kind of love that collects then selects”.

  • Tracy M

    Photoshop head-replacement FAIL.

  • Sara

    Kaley Cuoco wig realness.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Is she wearing a wig? Her hair looks weird.

  • Inspector_Gidget

    Kind of interesting that she has become something of a media joke. I’ve watched at least three TV shows lately (starting with OITNB!) where someone is called “Taylor Swift” as an insult, I guess as code for “uninteresting white bread chick.”

  • Adrianna Grężak

    Those are the type of questions you ask somebody who is at least in their 30s, not 20s.

  • JauntyJohn

    That cover “photo” is about 2 mouse clicks from being a painting — or a cartoon.

    Also: That necklace is just max gorgeous.

    • susan6

      Yes….my first impression was “uncanny valley”. She looks like a computer simulation of a person.

  • wontons

    I hope that the face is courtesy of Photoshop. A real woman shouldn’t look like that.

    But I love the outfit on her–although I remain dubious about this Lee Press-On Neckline Bijoux trend we seem to have going–and the color is lovely.

  • CommentsByKatie

    I say this as a twenty-something wearing a comfy sweater – this look ages her like 20 years. Awful.

  • Evan

    Did an amateur do this?! That photoshop is horrendous!

  • formerlyAnon

    I’ll agree on the ensemble, but her usual hair is good, I don’t quite know why they wanted to make it look like that for this photo.

  • marshmallowjane

    I think the press likes this topic because she has dated so many famous men. Also, she is very young and at the age where women usually obsess with men. It’s the age to pick the bad boys. It’s good she’s aware of this. The media still promotes bad boys in movies and TV. She’s awfully focused on her career, considering her age.

    It is very warm today in Northern CA, and her sweater and necklace look super uncomfortable to me. I’d want to take those off and put on a robe or soft t-shirt.

    The green is pretty on her with the red lipstick. The way they wrote “Taylor” in cursive cheapened up the cover.

  • annabelle archer

    Re: The relentless finding love theme. It reminds me of what you said about AHS Coven. All this power, all these women and what are their story lines? Boys, babies and prettiness.

    We women are not coming as far along as we’d like to think we are. The opposite end of the spectrum are all of the “empowered” naked girls. So, while they don’t need men to define them, they do need to bare the ass to all and tell us that’s what youth and freedom are all about.

    Rare is the young woman in the middle. But when we find her, I suggest we all stand and applaud her. Buy her albums, see her movies, whatever we can do do to throw money at her, because the bottom dollar is the only thing that gets the pop culture gears grinding.

    end rant.

    • Glam Dixie

      I think P!nk covers that middle ground nicely. Crazy talented, smart, but not a naked attention whore.

    • manina

      I agree with your view. She is a poet, she writes about her feelings and experiences and her songs are about her experiences, which poets have been doing since (Shakespeare? Elizabeth Barrett Browning?) time immemorable to present time. I (inadvertently) saw her in concert and she is really good and full of good energy. She is also a good role model for younger girls, PG rated, for those really young girls who imitate all the singers. I think there are a lot of other talented girls, who are edgier, but she has her own niche.

    • How to Faint

      At least we old fogies will always have Shirley Manson.

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    What the hell? I have issues with her and her style, but her hair usually looks good. What is this sloppy string on her head?

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    “It’s important to be self-aware…” Tell me another one, Tay; double-points if you do it while making your I’m-so-surprised face.

    • Imasewsure

      “It’s important to be self-indulgent…. I mean… self-aware…” At least she’s not going on and on about how she is changing the world (“Ya’ll) so for that I am thankful!!

  • tallgirl1204

    She’s really young. the love thing will change.

  • iwittmann

    Holy Mother of Photoshop!

  • Imasewsure

    Yes please stop asking girls (ok very young women) about relationships, love, etc. Let them just experiment (and let us please not have to hear them talk about it).

    From what I can see here, I love the new hair color (if the photoshop version here reflects her actual hair) and she looks great. Nice tweebling!!

  • steeg of their own

    That really looks like her head was photoshopped onto someone else’s body. Not that the body looks too skinny or fat or whatever for her, just that her head looks like it’s just sort of floating there, weirdly disconnected.

  • Tracy_Flick

    It’s a Very Photoshop Christmas.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Thank you! Retro and not in a good way is exactly the framing I needed to come to terms with my resistance to the Swift brand.

  • International Model

    Oh, Sandra Dee…

  • Janet B

    Wowza. Her head looks funny.

    That sweater is horrible on the model, is it the magenta bag that makes it look bad?

    • Lori

      The color seems better on Swift than the model.I think that’s a lighting issue. The other problem is that because the model is standing up it’s more obvious that the heavy jeweling at the neck makes the sweater bunch in odd ways. A sweater, at least in that weight of yarn, is not meant to support all that bling.

    • nannypoo

      It could also be the hair, skirt and shoes.

  • DominoEstella

    what the hell happened to her hair?

  • ashtangajunkie

    The hair. It hurts. The lipstick. It’s bad. The sweater. It is to die for. The soundbites. Typical.

  • StylishDreaming

    Hate the way they styled her hair. I guess it was supposed to look “softly tousled”, but all I’m getting is “slept-with-it-damp”. Lovely ensemble, awkward pose.

  • Gaby

    Somebody photoshopped her face completely flat, huh?

  • crash1212

    That is a beautiful shade of green for Swifty. Wish I could wear red lipstick…can’t ever seem to find the right shade.

  • nicewilliams

    She’s been reduced to a mere illustration.

  • marlie

    I want that outfit. (I think that’s the only time I’ve ever said that about something TayTay is wearing.)

  • carnush

    that’s the worst cover i’ve seen in quite a while

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    The color palette is very “I’ll be the prettiest girl at the St. Paddy’s Day Parade”, but I can’t argue that it’s a great outfit. I never would have thought of Twee and Bling together, to be honest. In my mind, I’d have figured that would be over-kill. But once I see it together, it really does work well.

  • Jennifer McGuire

    I can’t get past the truly, truly awful Photoshop work here. Dear heaven.

  • JenR

    I don’t understand her bangs. That’s all I can say.

  • Constant Reader

    I didn’t know Mattel had come out with a Taylor Swift Barbie. Too bad they couldn’t get the face more lifelike.

  • guest2visits

    I thought it was a beautiful cover…and InStyle for the US market doesn’t usually have the best covers.The piecy, tossled look is a nice change from perfect strands.
    I imagine talking about guys is a running conversation for that age. For most it even escalates as they get older. It just resolves itself when they marry or find the right relationship. Here’s hoping she finds life interesting enough to write about as well as the romance side of things.

  • willworktomorrow

    Tweebling! I tweebled yesterday, actually. It works.

  • irielle

    I thought this looked like it ought to be on the cover of the December issue instead. To me this seems like a holiday look without resorting to overt holiday gimmicks like reindeer sweaters or Santa hats.

  • DesertDweller79

    I would cry if a magazine did this to my face. Yeesh, her skin looks plastic. And somehow they made the shape of her face look weird. America, we don’t really want this, right? Plastic stars?