All dolled up for the high life

Tay­lor Swift savours the perks of fame

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DON’T look for Tay­lor Swift in rum­pled clothes and no makeup: she’s not in­ter­ested in dress­ing down to go incog­nito.

Gowns, red lip­stick, hair­styl­ists, front-row run­way seats – and, as ic­ing, a Cov­er­Girl model con­tract – are perks of her fame. She’s not go­ing to run away from them, es­pe­cially if her fans are watch­ing.

“When I’m in Nashville, I feel like I can go nat­u­ral and not re­ally worry about it, but I gen­er­ally love make-up and I love dress-up. That’s why award shows are so much fun for me,” Swift says. “I’d never wish away make-up and get­ting all dolled up.”

She owes it to her sup­port­ers to put on a good show, she says, and at 1.7m she’d stand out in a crowd any­way.

Swift, in a re­cent tele­phone in­ter­view, says she still views her ad­ven­tures in the fashion world with very wide eyes.

The 40-year an­niver­sary run­way show that Roberto Cavalli staged in Septem­ber and the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art’s re­cent Cos­tume In­sti­tute Gala Ben­e­fit in New York were high­lights.

“I went to the Met Gala with Ralph Lau­ren. It was an amaz­ing time, an en­chant­ing night. I got to wear a white gown like a wed­ding gown from one of his col­lec­tions,” she says.

One of her last big red-car­pet ap­pear­ances was at the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards where she wore her nor­mally curly locks in an atyp­i­cal blowout and her dress was short and edgy, un­like the more old-Hollywood looks peo­ple got used to her wear­ing.

That got fashion fol­low­ers buzzing. Swift, who turns 21 on Mon­day, says she was “amused” and “flat­tered” that so many peo­ple had an opin­ion, but, con­trary to some of the com­men­tary, she wasn’t send­ing any larger mes­sage: she just fol­lowed her mood of the day, and that’s what con­sis­tently guides her style.

“I go through phases. When I was record­ing my new al­bum, I wore a side braid on the left side ev­ery day. It just seemed to be the only style that seemed like the right one at the time. Then there was a phase when I pinned my hair in elab­o­rate up­dos. In win­ter­time, I’ll usu­ally straighten my hair, and in the sum­mer­time and spring I wear a lot of head­bands.”

In her new Cov­er­Girl Na­tureLuxe ads, she has a more ethe­real vibe.

Yes, she says, there have been quite a few of­fers to be a spokes­woman for prod­ucts, but some make more sense than oth­ers.

Her part­ner­ship with Amer­i­can Greet­ings cards, for ex­am­ple, is a nat­u­ral fit be­cause her ex­per­tise lies with writ­ing say­ings and mak­ing mem­o­ries, she ex­plains.

But, Swift adds, her whole life isn’t go­ing to be­come a com­mer­cial. “I love cook­ing, but I’m not go­ing to pur­sue that.” – Sapa-AP

PIC­TURE: AP

GROOMED FOR SUC­CESS: Tay­lor Swift dur­ing the Cov­er­Girl ad shoot.

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