Taylor Swift makes a move towards country cool in the February issue of Vogue on newsstands Jan. 24. America's sweetheart shows how it's done in floral print dresses, cowboy boots, fringe and oversize hats. On the cover, the blue-eyed beauty looks stunning with kohl-rimmed eyes, blunt bangs and straightened hair.
The 22-year-old embodies a different air in these Mario Testino shots. She seems more sophisticated and maybe even a little jaded.
Heartbreak, not styling, may account for her new edge. Swift told Vogue that her upcoming album, the follow-up to her 2010 Speak Now, will reveal earth-shattering heartbreak.
There's just been this earth-shattering, not recent, but absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak, she said. And that will turn out to be what the next album is about.
'I think I am smart unless I am really, really in love, and then I am ridiculously stupid. [Right now] I got nothing going on! I just don't really feel like dating. I really have this great life right now, and I'm not sad and I'm not crying this Christmas, so I am really stoked about that, Swift said.
According to Vogue, the country superstar was dating actor Jake Gyllenhaal through fall of 2010. He broke up with her around Christmas that year.
Her heartbreaks have taught her a thing or two about men. If someone doesn't seem to want to get to know me as a person but, instead, seems to have kind of bought into the whole idea of me and he approves of my Wikipedia page? And falls in love based on zero hours spent with me? That's maybe something to be aware of.
That will fade fast. You can't be in love with a Google search... If a dude is threatened by the fact that I need security, if they make me feel like I am some sort of princessy diva, that's a bad sign. I don't have security to make myself look cool, or like I have an entourage. I have security because there's a file of stalkers who want to take me home and chain me to a pipe in their basement... If you need to put me down a lot in order to level the playing field or something?
If you are threatened by some part of what I do and want to cut me down to size in order to make it even? That won't work either... Also, I can't deal with someone who's obsessed with privacy. People kind of care if there are two famous people dating. But no one cares that much. If you care about privacy to the point where we need to dig a tunnel under this restaurant so that we can leave? I can't do that, she said.
Taylor Swift is different from many of the young starlets in Hollywood today, who make a name for themselves based on the clubs they go to not the art they produce.
Ever since I was 16, the question that I get in every single interview is 'So, all the pop stars right now who are stumbling out of clubs and going crazy, are you going to do that?' When I was younger, I had to be more insistent with people because they would say, 'Yeah, they all say that when they're sixteen, honey. Just wait till you're nineteen or 20. That's when it all goes off the tracks!' Swift told Vogue.
But you know, as time has gone by, I've gotten that question less and less. I think, for me, the bigger pitfall is losing your self-awareness.
Even though I am at a place where my dresses are really pretty and the red carpets have a lot of bright lights and I get to play to thousands of people... you have to take that with a grain of salt, she added.
The stakes are really high if you mess up, if you slack off and don't make a good record, if you make mistakes based on the idea that you are larger than life and you can just coast. If you start thinking you've got it down, that's when you run into trouble; either by getting complacent or becoming mouthy. And nobody likes that.