Courtesy People Magazine(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift covers People magazine’s 40th anniversary issue, which is on stands Friday. The cover is a recreation of the magazine’s very first issue back in March of 1974, which showed Mia Farrow in character as Daisy Buchanan in what was then her current movie, The Great Gatsby. According to a People editor, Taylor easily pulled the look off because she’s a “chameleon.”
People Staff Editor Antoinette Coulton tells ABC News Radio, “It was actually our creative director who thought that it would look great to see if Taylor could recreate this. And she was up for the idea. And we saw when the pictures came out, they looked absolutely amazing.”
The recreation wasn’t as simple has having Taylor styled as a woman from the ’70s: she actually had to be styled as a woman from the 1920s, because that’s when The Great Gatsby takes place. Coulton says that wasn’t too difficult for Taylor, however. “Sometimes, when you see [how] she dresses in her own personal life, she kinda…sometimes there’s this throwback to other decades,” she says. “So she was pretty much like a chameleon.”
Inside the magazine, Taylor talks about her new album 1989 and what her life is like right now. Coulton says fans may be surprised to hear what the singer has to say about her love life, which is currently non-existent.
“There always has been so much attention on Taylor and ‘Who is she dating?'” Coulton tells ABC News Radio. “And she pretty much is saying to us, ‘I’m not dating anyone. I’m not looking to date anyone. I’m very happy with who I am with my close circle of girlfriends.’ And it’s gonna take a very special person for her to actually go out on a date.”
Most importantly, says Coulton, “”She’s not all ‘Woe is me, please feel sorry for me.’ She’s like, ‘I’m just really happy living my life.'”
As for why Taylor was chosen for the big 40th anniversary issue, well, she does have that album coming out, and she was People’s best-dressed of 2014 last month. But more than that, Coulton says, is the fact that ever since her career began, People magazine readers have connected with Taylor and her story.
“Our readers love her,” says Coulton. “And just to kinda see her grow up in the public eye — with no drama, really. She’s grown up. She’s maturing, and just to see that change — our readers love to see that.”
The 40th anniversary issue of People magazine is out now.
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