Taylor Swift is the cover star of the January 2018 issue of British Vogue. Seemingly part of her big comeback, it is the first magazine cover the singer has featured on since the release of her sixth album, Reputation.
Most unusually though, Taylor wrote a poem for her readers, instead of doing an interview. Editor Edward Enninful (whose second issue this is since he took over the reins from Alexandra Shulman), said: ‘Obviously she is a world-class lyricist – and has written a stunning poem just for Vogue on the timely subject of reinvention and moving on – but she also takes her duties as a role model very seriously. Taylor is acutely aware of her following and how she communicates with young women, and will never portray a character that would send the wrong message’. He added, ‘Taylor says she has never seen herself transformed like this before, and I was very touched to see how emotional she was at the end of our shoot day in London’.
Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott (better known as Mert & Marcus) - who shot the art for Taylor’s Reputation album – the singer wears a Saint Laurent dress for the strong cover.
Enninful said: ‘…what struck me most about Taylor was her brilliant sense of humour, but also how, for a woman in her twenties, she has an incredible sense of who she is’.
Taylor was similarly effusive about the shoot, posting on Instagram: ‘Thank you @edward_enninful and @mertalas for your passion, spirit, and contagious laughter on set. Mert and Marcus took these photos for @britishvogue and my album photos for reputation, and it’s been such a bonding experience working together so closely and talking so much about what we wanted to make. It’s been a while since I’ve done a magazine cover. I’m really happy my first one back was with such wonderful people. #newvogue’.
We look forward, as always, to seeing what Taylor does next.