I honestly think this cover is charming, even considering the fact that she’s wearing (very cute) PJ bottoms with her (also cute) cardigan. It’s a warm, flattering, friendly photo and it seems very much in keeping with the Seventeen aesthetic. I also think the font here is appealing and youthful. Basically, although I am massively out of Seventeen‘s target demo (and they don’t make the effort that Teen Vogue, for example, does to cross-over to the olds [they don't need to]), I am always pleased to float past it on the newsstand at the market and think, “oh, look, so-and-so looks cute there!” rather than “OMGWTFBBQ THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!” I can only clutch my pearls so often in one day before it starts cutting off circulation to my brain.
On the biggest misconception of being part of Taylor Swift’s squad: “I think people think we spend a lot more time together than we actually do! She’s amazing, though.”
I feel like the subtext of that is, “HAHAHAHAHA you guys Taylor and I aren’t really actual proper friends but she was legit nice to me for those several months when she decided that her branding needed an infusion of feel-good lady friendship.” Very artfully conveyed, Hailee. You may have a future in diplomacy.
[Cover: Jason Kim/Seventeen]