Swift appears on the cover of Vanity Fair, photographed by Testino. In the interview she talks about using her celebrity for good outside music:
If you look at Oprah, she’s made so many people happy over the years. She’s made so much money, but she’s given so much of it away. . . . Same thing with Angelina Jolie. She’s been so productive, but she’s used that position to better other people’s lives, and I think that’s where I’d want to be.
That was the way that I decided to go on with my life. Not looking for anything, not necessarily being open to anything, and only being open to the idea that, if I found someone who would never try to change me, that would be the only person I could fall in love with. Because, you know, I was in love with my life.
On being a style icon:
I think I know how to put together a good outfit. . . . But any day you’re going to admit to being a style icon is a day you need to look in the mirror and really check yourself.
Swift appears on the cover if June 2015 issue of Glamour UK. She talks about how she manages to stay grounded despite her fame.
I think that part of me not going crazy is me admitting my life is weird and not normal… My [mom] is really good at putting things back into perspective for me. And it’s really nice when she says, I know there’s no way I could possibly understand what you’re going through, but here’s what I think.
Swift and Kloss appear together on the cover of Vogue. Swift discusses keeping her work life and friends separate.
The fun thing about my friends is that they don’t necessarily know a lot about what I do business-wise.
Swift appears on the cover of the January 2015 issue of Cosmopolitan China magazine.
Swift appears on the cover of the January 2015 issue of ASOS magazine. She talks about needing mistakes to happen, her best friends, and dressing for girls.
When I’m getting dressed, it’s always based on what my friends will think. They are my number one priority and the opinions of girls are more important to me at this point in my life.
Swift appears on the cover of a December 2014 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. She talks about the reaction to taking her music off Spotify.
I didn’t think that it would be shocking to anyone. With as many ways as artists are personalizing their musical distribution, it didn’t occur to me that this would be anything that anyone would talk about.
Swift appears on the cover of a December 2014 issue of Billboard magazine. She talks about being happy single, genuine friendships, and celebrity relationships.
You’ll notice a lot of celebrity-type people tend to surround themselves with people whose lives revolve around them. You’ll have a posse of these exciting and fashionable cling-ons, and it’s because those celebrities need to be fawned over.
Swift appears on the cover of the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Lucky magazine. She talks about fairy-tale romance, showing her belly button, and fame.
I don’t like showing my belly button. When you start showing your belly button then you’re really committing to the midriff thing. I only partially commit to the midriff thing—you’re only seeing lower rib cage. I don’t want people to know if I have one or not. I want that to be a mystery. As far as anyone knows based on my public appearances, they haven’t seen evidence of a belly button. It could be pierced. They have no idea. If I’m going to get some sort of massive tattoo, it’s going to be right next to my belly button because no one’s ever going to see that.
Swift appears on the cover of the December 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan Chile magazine.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2014 issue of In Style magazine. She talks about starting a family one day and getting married.
I don’t know if I’ll have kids. It’s impossible not to picture certain scenarios and how you would try to convince them that they have a normal life when, inevitably, there will be strange men pointing giant cameras at them from the time they are babies.
Swift appears on the cover of the November/December 2014 issue of Wonderland magazine. She talks about Twitter, being single, and having her album 1989 be a pop album.
This was sort of the final phase of the sonic evolution I feel I’ve been on for the last couple of years. I’ve been experimenting with pop sensibilities and then on my last record, I got attached to it. That’s the wonderful thing about trying as many different ways of writing music as possible – discoveries.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2014 issue of British Vogue magazine. She talks about her album 1989 and her dating life.
Dating or finding someone is the last thing on my mind, because I can’t picture how it could work with the way my life is. I don’t know how a guy is supposed to walk next to his girlfriend when there are 20 men with cameras, and he can’t protect his girlfriend because that’s the life she chose. I just don’t see how it could work, so I don’t think about it, and I kind of run from it when it presents itself. ‘Cause I don’t think any guy really… They think that they would want to get to know me, and maybe date me, but I don’t think they want what comes with it.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2014 issue of Fashion magazine. She talks about what’s different about her album, important people in her life, and feeling uncool.
I’ve never had more friends who I trust and can rely on, but there’s always a bit of your self-perception that’s frozen in junior high, when you trained yourself to not feel cool. You’ll never really feel like you’re part of the ‘in’ crowd, but growing up means that matters to you less and less every day.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Germany magazine.
Swift appears on the cover of a October 2014 issue of People magazine. She talks about this year and being single.
I made the decision to spend time on my own and figure out who I am. When you take the other person out of the scenario and you’re walking through life on your own, you end up figuring out what you actually like without anyone else’s input. I’m not too worried about whether I meet someone. I’m going to be happy either way.
Swift appears on the cover of the second September 2014 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. She talks about her lack of privacy, her public dating life, and on 1989’s song Bad Blood.
For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?’ [Then last year] she did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational – you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it…I’m not the female police — but it broke my heart. Because I have such a high priority on girls sticking together.
Swift teams up with celebrity chef, Ina Garter, to create a segment for Food Network magazine. The segment will be the magazine’s first July/August music issue. Swift says she owns all of Garter’s cookbooks and they quickly become friends. Together, the two bake mustard- roasted fish and Pavlova. As they bond, Taylor mentions she has never had a whiskey sour. Garter creates an impromptu version and invites others to join them. The day ends with Taylor extending an invitation to her home and a concert.
Swift appears on the cover of the May 2014 issue of Allure Korea magazine.
Swift appears on the cover of the March 2014 issue of Glamour magazine. The singer talks about being a role model. The cover photo is taken by Demarcherlier and styled by Anne Christensen.
I find it relatively easy to keep my clothes on because I don’t really feel like taking them off. It’s not an urge I have. For me “risky” is revealing what really happened in my life through music. Risky is writing confessional songs and telling the true story about a person with enough details so everyone knows who that person is. That’s putting myself out there, maybe even more than taking my shirt off.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2013 issue of In Style magazine. She talks about whether she’s ever been in love, her perfect guy, and her insecurities.
Every single part of me has been dissected at some point or another by a blog writer or a 14-year-old girl on a comments page who says something really terrible. Or someone in middle school who points out [fakes a mean girl voice], ‘You have little eyes.’
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2013 issue of Glamour UK magazine. She her music, men, and her mistakes.
You can’t say, ‘I’m never gonna date a high-profile person in the arts!’ But whoever I date, famous or not – all chaos will break lose.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2013 issue of New York magazine. She talks about her life has changed, country music, and things not always being okay.
I think that allowing yourself to feel raw, real emotions in public is something I am never going to be afraid to do. Hopefully that’s the case, if I can remain a real human. I’m fine with being honest with my fans about the fact that it’s okay that everything isn’t okay all the time. I love my life, I love my career, I love my friends—but things are not okay all the time. So I don’t sing about things being okay all the time.
Swift appears on the cover of the April/May 2013 issue of Wonderland magazine. She talks about relationships, getting her heart broken, and the future.
I’ve kind of realized that I have no idea where I’m going to be next year, or in six months, or in two months. I mean, I know where I’ll be on tour in two months, but no idea where I’m going to be mentally, emotionally, dreams, goals, wishes, hopes. I have no idea if I’m going to get married or be single forever or have a family or just be on my own. You know, paint in a cottage by the ocean by myself. I just have no idea and I’m kind of into that. You can make a board for all the goals you want in your life with the pictures on it, and that’s great, daydreaming is wonderful, but you can never plan your future.
Swift appears on the cover of the April 2013 issue of In Style UK magazine. She talks about her biggest fear, having a master plan for her life, and choosing girl friends over guy friends.
I’m a girls’ girl. I have guy friends but the problem with having guy friends is, like, I always get linked to them and they’ll end up in a slideshow of people I’ve apparently dated on the internet.
Swift appears on the cover of the February 2013 issue of Cosmopolitan South Africa magazine.
Independence is something I’ve always needed, from when I was young, but I love the idea of romance and falling in love. I’ve never really had a long relationship. So that’s something I think about for the future. It’s an interesting part of my personality: Part of me just wants to be alone.
Swift appears on the cover of the December 2012/January 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. She talks about wearing dresses, dating, and the inspiration for her music.
Some combinations of people are toxic, you know? You have to find the right one that isn’t just going to explode into fiery ash and destruction. Despite all of that and how unpleasant it is, as a writer you get a lot from it. It’s a crazy justification system. You know that guy you really wish you could erase from your memory? But then the answer is track six, eight, 12, and 13.
Swift appears on the cover of the December 2012 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. She talks about what she can’t handle in relationships and her past relationships.
I need that unexplainable spark…I just need to see someone and feel ‘Oh, no, uh-oh.’ It’s only happened a few times in my life, but I feel like if I was gonna be with someone forever, it would be because I saw them and I thought, ‘Oh, no.’ I’ve had a lot of dark and twisty situations happen, enough to realize that when someone exhibits signs of evoking a dark and twisty relationship and dark and twisty feelings, it’s not interesting to me. I’ve learned when to get out. I’ve never wasted too much time with the wrong person and that’s one thing I’m proud of.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2012 issue of Glamour magazine. She talks about her career, friends, her love life, and her song Dear John.
I think that song really hit home with a lot of girls who had been through toxic relationships and had found their way to the other side of it. I’ve never looked out while singing a song during a concert to see so many girls crying.
Swift appears on the cover of the November/December 2012 issue of WebMD magazine. She talks about being happy, relationships, and her album.
I’m really proud of the record, but I’m always nervous about everything. There’s a great deal of terror that fills my mind before I do anything, really. We’re talking before an album comes out, before a photo shoot, anytime I read my name in print. There’s a huge amount of pressure and responsibility because millions of people are going to potentially spend their hard-earned money on the album, and there’s a great responsibility for the critics who will write about it, and responsibility for the girl who is going through a breakup and needs a song about what she’s feeling, and responsibility for the girl who doesn’t feel good about herself and needs a song for that, too, and I worry about saying or doing the wrong thing.
Swift appears on the cover of a October 2012 issue of Billboard magazine. She talks about collaborating with her music team for her album.
Swift appears on the cover of the February 2012 issue of Vogue magazine. She talks about feeling like an outsider, her future, and her fourth album.
There’s just been this earth-shattering, not recent, but absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak, and that will turn out to be what the next album is about. The only way that I can feel better about myself – pull myself out of that awful pain of losing someone – is writing songs about it to get some sort of clarity.
Swift appears on the cover of the August 2011 issue of Teen Vogue magazine. She talks about nerves, Law and Order SVU, her best friends, and her favorite dress.
I get to wear it every night on tour at the end of the show when I’m singing ‘Love Story.’ It’s long and sparkly (big surprise, right?) and a total princess dress.
Swift appears on the cover of the June 2011 issue of In Style magazine. She talks about what she wants in the future and love
There are no rules when it comes to love. I just try to let love surprise me because you never know who you’re going to fall in love with. You never know who’s going to come into your life – and for me, when I picture the person I want to end up with, I don’t think about what their career is, or what they look like. I picture the feeling I get when I’m with them.
Swift appears on the cover of the December 2010 issue of Allure magazine. She talks about Justin Bieber and how she used to give bad relationship advice.
Like, the best way to get a guy to like you would be to actively ignore him. I was filled with advice! I’d tell my friends things like, Don’t accept that apology! That isn’t sincere! Or He hung out with his ex-girlfriend? Get rid of him. But love is never that simple. Now I’m finally getting the idea it’s the one thing I don’t need to have a strategy for. I can only write the material I know, which is what happens to me.
Swift appears on the cover of the January 2011/December 2010 issue of Seventeen magazine. She talks about style with the magazine.
I love sparkly headbands, so I go to the craft store and buy ribbon to make my own. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. I go in there and just have so much fun in the ribbon section. It’s a really fun activity and way to get an entire collection.
Swift appears on the cover of the November 2010 issue of Glamour magazine. She talks about Taylor Lautner, regretting writing songs about exes. and finding love.
I’ve learned that you can’t predict it or plan for it. For someone like me who is obsessed with organization and planning, I love the idea that love is the one exception to that. Love is the one wild card.
Swift appears on the cover of a October 2010 issue of Parade magazine. She talks about her love life.
Things change so quickly. I have no idea who’s going to be a recurring character and who’s just a guest star for one episode. Love is fascinating. Wishing for it, pining for it, and the anger that comes when you lose it. I used to think that I could figure out some pattern to love, like if you don’t text a guy back for a half hour, he’ll like you more. But there is no pattern. Absolutely nothing is predictable in love or in life.
Swift appears on the cover of a October 2010 issue of Billboard magazine. She talks about seinding CDs to radio stations, planning a tour, and her song about Kanye West.
It took a while to write that song. That was a huge, intense thing in my life that resonated for a long time. It was brought up to me in grocery stores and everywhere I went, and in a lot of times in my life, when I don’t know how I feel about something, I say nothing. And that’s what I did until I could come to the conclusion that I came to in order to write ‘Innocent.’ Even then, I didn’t talk about it, and I still don’t really talk about it. I just thought it was very important for me to sing about it.
Swift appears on the cover of the April 2010 issue of Elle magazine. She talks about finding inspiration from relationships and media scrutiny.
I’ve had countless opportunities to do some really bad things. And then people start combing through everything I do trying to find the next mistake and misperception, which leads to more scrutiny. Like, if I go to a bar, even if I’m not drinking, who’s to say that a source isn’t going to say that I was doing something I shouldn’t have been doing? So it’s not only about your own moral compass, but the moral compasses of other people that you don’t know.
Swift appears on the cover of the Holidays 2009 issue of New York Times Style magazine.
If I were to do karaoke, it would probably be something from Grease! I’d sing “You’re The One That I Want” — or Def Leppard. Whenever I hear Def Leppard, I just freak out.
Swift appears on the cover of a September 2009 issue of Bliss magazine.
Swift appears on the cover of the August 2009 issue of Glamour magazine. She talks about maintaining who she is, using her life to inspire songs, and the logistics of having a boyfriend.
It’s always going to be long-distance, even if I date the boy who lives next door to me in Nashville. I’ll be flying to see him and flying him places to see me. It feels like it would involve more scheduling, and I already deal with a lot of scheduling in my life. Of course, if I met somebody who was worth it, I would probably stop thinking that way!
Cyrus and Swift appear on the cover of the May 2009 issue of Creme New Zealand magazine.
Swift appears on the cover of the May 2009 issue of Seventeen magazine. She talks about her song about Joe Jonas, her friends, and her favorite thing to write songs about.
Right now, my favorite thing to write about is love. And breakups. And boys. And feelings. Honesty is a big part of my writing, because when I was younger and fell in love with songs I’d hear, I would always wonder who that song was about. It would have totally broken my heart to know it wasn’t about anyone and was just written so it could be on the radio.
Swift appears on the cover of the March 2009 issue of Teen Vogue magazine. She talks about having her picture taken, her style, and her love for country music.
Well, I started begging my mom to bring me here after I saw a TV special on Faith Hill she came to Nashville, and that’s how she made it. So for spring break we rented a car and drove up and down Music Row, handing my homemade demo CD to the receptionists at all the labels. I’d say, ‘Hey, I’m eleven, and I want a record deal. Call me.
Swift appears on the cover of the December 2008/January 2009 issue of Cosmo Girl magazine. She talks about love, success, and revenge. This is the last issue of Cosmo Girl.