Taylor Swift just bagged one of the most coveted spots in the pantheon of pop culture. “Fashion bible” Vogue magazine tapped her as their September issue cover girl for 2019. Here, she goes beyond personal, talking about her various public feuds, becoming an ally for the LGBTQ+ community, and more. She also shared more about her upcoming album, “Lover.”
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Celebrated, canceled, obsessed over—is @taylorswift our most endlessly debated pop star? With a new album, and a newly assertive political voice, the star opens up in our September issue about sexism, scrutiny, and standing up for herself. Tap the link in our bio to read the full profile. Photographed by @inezandvinoodh, styled by @tonnegood, written by @abbyaguirre, Vogue, September 2019.
Among all the things she touched on in her interview with the magazine, cancellation culture seemed to have hit her the hardest. Back in 2016, a legion of fans deemed the singer as “canceled” following a very public feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. “A mass public shaming, with millions of people saying you are quote-unquote canceled, is a very isolating experience. 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.” she confessed.
The whole debacle led her to make “Reputation” in 2017, putting forth a brand new image that she deemed as a “redecorated” version of herself. The album also served as her final record under Big Machine Label Group. Swift is currently in open conflict with its former owner, Scott Borchetta. She left the company in 2018, admitting, “It was either investing in my past or my and other artists’ future, and I chose the future,”. She subsequently signed under Universal Music Group. Her upcoming album, “Lover,” will be her first full record under her new deal. She already released some tracks that have gained a lot of attention. “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.” she shared about the album. In the interview, she talked about two unreleased tracks, the titular single and another entitled “The Man,”. She noted that the former is a standard Swift-esque ballad that’s all about romance. While the latter, on the other hand, is a unique song that questions, if she were a fan, what would her career look like? “If I had made all the same choices, all the same mistakes, all the same accomplishments, how would it read?” relayed the singer.
Another single off of her forthcoming album—one she’s already released—is “You Need To Calm Down“. This song and its star-studded music video talk about fighting homophobia and bigotry head-on. It also pushes people to become allies for the LGBTQ+ community. Swift delved deeper into this new role as a voice for the community. “I didn’t realize until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of. It’s hard to know how to do that without being so fearful of making a mistake that you just freeze,” she said.
You can read Vogue’s full interview with Taylor Swift by clicking here. The magazine’s September 2019 issue will come out to newsstands and bookstores soon. Meanwhile, watch the pop star ask Vogue’s famous EIC, Anna Wintour, 8 questions in their “Go Ask Anna” video below:
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