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ELLE Interview: Taylor Swift

Country-music darling Taylor Swift talks "Oh snap!" moments, her new album Red, and falling in love.

Nov 19, 2012
By
Kathryn Hudson
Photography
Andrew Macpherson
ELLE Interview: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is talking about love. And her new album, Red. The two concepts seem indivisible. “Most of the songs are about very tumultuous relationships that I encountered over the past couple of years—none of them were anything mundane or normal. It was always just amazingly great or amazingly awful or just frustrating and confusing or incredible and exciting and wonderful and magnificent and magical or terrible. Nothing in between.”

That’s one of the first things the 22-year-old phenom said to me in our interview, and yet it stuck in my head even more than the catchy chorus of one of her latest singles, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” It stuck in my head because that’s also the perfect way to describe meeting Taylor Swift.

Let me explain.

MAGICAL
Let’s start with the magic. When she breezes into the Los Angeles studio for our photo shoot, wearing a patterned sundress and oxfords, she is all smiles and hand shaking. It’s impossible not to be struck by her beauty and easy charm. Her frame, at five feet 11 inches, is lithe and graceful. Her voice lilts, and her feline eyes crinkle up at the corners when she laughs—which is often. I suspect that she wakes up looking like this, with no need to put on her face before she leaves home. Her face is just on.

It’s suddenly so clear that some people are just born to glitter onstage.

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