Taylor Swift on being ‘cool’

Taylor Swift graces the cover of Vogue’s February issue, available on newsstands nationwide January 24th.

In her first appearance on the cover of the magazine, the country-pop sensation embraces a glamorous new look and talks about fame, ambition, and the joys of being on her own.

On not caring about the “cool” factor”

TS: “I think that happened as soon as I left school, when I was sixteen, because then all that mattered was music and this dream that I’d had my whole life. It never mattered to me that people in school didn’t think that country music was cool, and they made fun of me for it—though it did matter to me that I was not wearing the clothes that everybody was wearing at that moment. But at some point, I was just like, I like wearing sundresses and cowboy boots.”

On her audience:

TS: “I look out at the stadiums full of people and see them all knowing the words to songs I wrote…

On her hair:

TS: “I remember straightening my hair because I wanted to be like everybody else, and now the fact that anybody would emulate what I do? It’s just funny. And wonderful.”

On her star power and ability to sell tickets:

TS: “Um . . . Kenny Chesney, U2, and Paul McCartney. There aren’t many stadium shows anymore,” she says. “It’s no small feat, and I know that. When you walk out onstage in front of 65,000 people, it can bring you to tears. If you really take it in at the end of a song and you hear that many people screaming, it will make you cry.”

On her nerves of steel:

TS: “This is what I’ve wanted to do my whole life…It never freaks me out. Never. Ever…But you know what does freak me out? When is the other shoe going to drop? I am so happy right now. So I am always living in fear. This can’t be real, right? This can’t really be my life.”

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