Taylor Swift covers the August 2018 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine photographed by Alexi Lubomirski and styled by Joanna Hillman.
In the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Taylor Swift channels Pattie Boyd, the celebrated beauty who inspired songs by George Harrison and Eric Clapton—and Taylor Swift. Boyd opens up to Swift about falling in love, surviving Beatlemania, and what it was really like being married to two of rock ’n’ roll’s biggest legends, and the two talk about songwriting, muses, and more.
On her connection to Pattie: “We’re both women whose lives have been deeply influenced by songs and songwriting. I stand on one side of it, and you [Pattie Boyd] on the other.”
On finding moments of inspiration: “There are definitely moments when it’s like this cloud of an idea comes and just lands in front of your face, and you reach up and grab it. A lot of songwriting is things you learn, structure, and cultivating that skill, and knowing how to craft a song. But there are mystical, magical moments, inexplicable moments when an idea that is fully formed just pops into your head. And that’s the purest part of my job. It can get complicated on every other level, but the songwriting is still the same uncomplicated process it was when I was 12 years old writing songs in my room.”
On muses: “I don’t know what it is that makes some people really creatively inspiring. There have been people I’ve spent a lot of time with who I just couldn’t write about… It’s just that some people come into your life and they have this effect on you.”
On how Pattie inspires her future self: “I would love to look back on my life with the same clarity, wisdom, and peace that you [Pattie] seem to have.”
All looks by Saint Laurent except dress in the second image [by Akris]
Makeup: Lisa Eldridge for Lancôme
Hair: James Rowe for Bumble and Bumble
[Photo Credit: Alexi Lubomirski/Harper’s Bazaar Magazine]
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