The past few weeks have been filled with a string of good news for Taylor Swift, but her latest achievement may be one of her most impressive yet.
On Thursday, the pop star revealed that she will be on the cover of the coveted September issue of Vogue U.S. (the September issue of any fashion publication is known for being the most important of the year). Posting a picture of the cover on her Instagram page, Swift thanked Vogue editor and fashion mogul Anna Wintour for the opportunity, and said it was “an amazing experience” to be able to shoot with iconic Dutch photographers Inez and Vinoodh.
The cover shot shows the 29-year-old channeling her inner ’70s rock band member. In the photo, Swift sported a bright blue suit with white stripe detailing, while her blond locks were worn down and loose in a messy style with an asymmetric fringe. She also wore dark eye makeup, complimented by a simple clear lip gloss. Bending over and pointing her finger at the camera, Swift appeared confident and emanated a rebel vibe.
She posted a second photo from the shoot as well, but this time, contrasting with her cover photo, she looked super feminine in a flowing blue gown with puffy sleeves and colorful flower embroidery. The “Look What You Made Me Do” songstress showed off her dancing skills by striking a delicate ballet pose, bringing her left leg up to achieve a perfect line. She was barefoot for this portion of the shoot, and her long platinum hair cascaded effortlessly down her shoulders and back.
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WELL SO THIS IS A THING THAT’S HAPPENING. September issue of @voguemagazine and I’m so so so grateful to Anna, @tonnegood, @sergiokletnoy and basically anyone who was like ‘yeah she can be on the Sept issue cover’. What an amazing experience shooting with @inezandvinoodh.
Still, her latest achievement did not come without criticism, something that Swift is used to after over a decade in the entertainment industry. Fashion fans expressed their disappointment at the idea of the singer taking over the September issue, as can be seen in the comments on Vogue’s official Instagram account, which also shared the upcoming cover. Many claimed the magazine was taking the easy way out, replacing models with big celebrities such as last month, when Swift’s fellow pop star Ariana Grande was Vogue’s cover girl.
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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.
“Why can’t you guys make better covers? Fashion is art, give more effort like other vogues around the world,” one person wrote.
“I’m bummed. This looks like an outtake from a Rolling Stone shoot and not a cover of a fashion magazine, let alone Vogue or its September issue. This isn’t exciting,” someone else agreed.
“Throw the whole Vogue away, throw it awaaay,” a third online user said.
“Disappointing,” another fan simply wrote.