Taylor Swift covers the September 2019 issue of Vogue magazine photographed by Inez and Vindooh and styled by fashion editor Tonne Goodman.
On sexism in the music industry: “When I was a teenager, I would hear people talk about sexism in the music industry, and I’d be like, I don’t see it. I don’t understand. Then I realized, as an adult woman, that was because I was a kid. Men in the industry saw me as a kid. Cause I was a lanky, scrawny, overexcited young girl who reminded them more of their little niece or their daughter than a successful woman in business or a colleague. The second I became a woman, in people’s perception, was when I started seeing it.”
“It’s fine to infantilize a girl’s success and say, How cute that she’s having some hit songs. How cute that she’s writing songs. But the second it becomes formidable? As soon as I started playing stadiums—when I started to look like a woman—that wasn’t as cool anymore.”
On the months-long social media campaign to “cancel” her, following her Twitter confrontation with Kim Kardashian West: “A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote canceled, is a very isolating experience. I don’t think there are that many people who can actually understand what it’s like to have millions of people hate you very loudly.” She adds: “When you say someone is canceled, it’s not a TV show. It’s a human being. You’re sending mass amounts of messaging to this person to either shut up, disappear, or it could also be perceived as, Kill yourself.”
On “Lover” possibly being her favorite album yet: “There are so many ways in which this album feels like a new beginning. This album is really a love letter to love, in all of its maddening, passionate, exciting, enchanting, horrific, tragic, wonderful glory.”
On her upcoming role in the film adaptation of “Cats”: “I would come to set so often when it wasn’t my day to shoot just to see this whole world they created. They made us the size of cats by making the furniture bigger. You’d be stand- ing there and you could barely reach the seat of a chair. It was phenomenal. It made you feel like a little kid. Or it just really made you feel like a cat.”
On the public scrutiny due to her lack of involvement in the 2016 presidential election: “Unfortunately in the 2016 election you had a political opponent who was weaponizing the idea of the celebrity endorsement. He was going around saying, I’m a man of the people. I’m for you. I care about you. I just knew. I knew I wasn’t going to help. Also, you know, the summer before that election, all people were saying was: She’s calculated. She’s manipulative. She’s not what she seems. She’s a snake. She’s a liar. These are the same exact insults people were hurling at Hillary. Would I be an endorsement or would I be a liability? Look, snakes of a feather flock together. Look, the two lying women. The two nasty women. Literally millions of people were telling me to disappear. So I disappeared. In many senses.”
Vogue’s September 2019 issue is available on newsstands in NY/LA August 13th, and nationwide August 20th.
Front Cover: Louis Vuitton Jumpsuit | Rings by Cartier and Bvlgari
Inside Cover: Gucci Jacket | Bvlgari Ring | Hoorsenbuhs Necklace
Image 1: Celine Coat | Dior Shoes
Image 2: Givenchy Dress | Bracelets by John Hardy, David Yurman, and Hoorsenbuhs
Image 3: Stella McCartney Coat
[Photo Credit: Inez and Vindooh/Vogue Magazine]