Taylor Swift covers Harper’s Bazaar December 2012 with her prettiest outside shocked face and goin’ out bangs. Inside the issue, Swift stops blaming her ex-boyfriends for her problems in doleful rhyming couplets long enough to blame her own insecurities. In her interview, she says her ex-boyfriends were weak… lesser-than. And they never wore the pants in the relationship. So she’s wearing all the pants in this photo shoot.
- On wearing dresses: ‘I’m in a predicament where I can’t wear a dress twice or else it’s pointed out in magazines. So unfortunately I have to shop for dresses all the time. There’s just something so feminine about a dress. Whether it’s a summertime dress that makes me feel carefree, an evening cocktail dress that makes me feel fancy or a vintage dress that makes me feel like a ’50s housewife, which I enjoy feeling like, for some reason, I just really like dresses.’
- On being in control of her own career: ‘When I’m in management meetings when we’re deciding my future, those decisions are left up to me. I’m the one who has to go out and fulfill all these obligations, so I should be able to choose which ones I do or not. That’s the part of my life where I feel most in control.’
- On how she spends money and spends time with friends: ‘I don’t tend to spend a lot of money on the big things, like cars or jewelry. I’ll rent a house on the beach or something, bring my girlfriends…. We never talk about fashion, about career, about our ambitions or our projects. We just talk about relationships, feelings, love, and boys.’
- On who should wear the pants in a relationship: ‘“It needs to be equal. If I feel too much like I’m wearing the pants, I start to feel uncomfortable and then we break up.’ Relationships are ‘the ultimate collaboration,’ she adds, but sometimes ‘it’s wonderful to hand over the reins to your boyfriend when you control so much of these big, high-pressure decisions, you know? That is a huge defining factor in who you choose to be with.’
- On Internet gossip: ‘What I had to learn to do, in order to maintain a general happiness in my life, was to stop reading everything. And then it gets really bad if you go through a breakup and those blogs have these polls asking, ‘Who should they date next?’ And you’re just sitting there staring at the laptop bawling. But you can live in a normal world where a breakup is just a breakup if you don’t expose yourself to what’s being speculated about yourself. That’s where I live now.’
- On how traveling means never seeing her loved ones: ‘I’m not used to being in a place more than two days in a row. I don’t know if I have a vacation for another year. You get really good at maintaining phone relationships with people you love, because you’re just not going to get to see them all the time.’
- On negative people and negative things in her life: ‘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.’