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Music’s Pop Princess debuts a new look in Vogue; is this the beginning of a rebellious evolution for Taylor Swift?

This comes as no surprise, but 2015 was yet another big year for megastar Taylor Swift. Winning 7 Grammys, dominating the stage on a massive 85-show world tour, releasing a badass music video featuring her famous friends and finding a love connection, 2015 was the year of Taylor Swift. Oh yeah – she also challenged and won against the little company known as Apple Music, demanding they rightfully pay artists for streaming their music. The musician has shown an unapologetic sense of self and demonstrated a newfound sense of comfort in her own skin. Essentially, she’s been busy kicking ass and taking names.

Riding the prosperity train into 2016, the pop singer is still in the spotlight – this time for her head-turning makeover. Covering the May issue of American Vogue, Taylor debuts a shockingly different look. Outfitted in Hedi Slimane’s last collection for Saint Laurent, Taylor is styled in heavily sequinned dresses, sky-high platform boots, a chopped peroxide bob and her signature red lip. Looking more like a punk rocker than a self-described cat lady, the fashion spread is an immense departure for the singer who is typically known for her feminine circle skirts, classic Mary Janes and perfectly coiffed sandy coloured hair.




Although it’s the first time Taylor’s made a drastic change with her look, her style transformation has always been in flux. Back when she was singing about Tim McGraw and the teardrops on her guitar, she could exclusively be found wearing cowboy boots and sundresses. As the years passed, we saw her gravitate towards pastel separates and high-waisted everything. With each new album release, her look adjusted to reflect her personal development not only as an artist but a young woman in the spotlight.

Based on the trajectory of her career, it seems that Taylor is becoming less and less predictable. Her album 1989 was career defining as she successfully made the jump from country singer to full blown pop-star. It was a big risk considering her country base and the significant chance of disappointing fans. However, Taylor rose to the challenge, proving she has a vision for her music and personal style. Mimicking her insurgent musical evolution, this is the first time Taylor has rejected her classic approach to dressing and replaced it with a rebellious sense of style.

In addition to covering Vogue for the fifth time, the fashion magazine released a video segment online with the starlet. Taking us on a tour of her residence dressed in a lace-up black bodysuit and jeans, Taylor reveals her house is exactly what you’d expect from the singer: full of charm and full of cats. She also confesses some quirky facts like her favourite cocktail, what she still has from her childhood and which movie makes her cry. Delightful and witty as usual, Taylor even gets personal, divulging the best gift she’s ever received [Hint: It’s from her beau, Calvin Harris].

Slated to cochair fashion’s biggest night of the year with Anna Wintour, Idris Elba and Jonathan Ive, the global superstar will appear at the Super Bowl of fashion on May 2nd – the Met Gala. As if those names weren’t big enough, she will also be joined by Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld and Miuccia Prada as honorary chairs. As the night’s theme is Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, all eyes will be on how Taylor will adapt her new look to interpret the futuristic theme.