Anyone who reads this website with any regularly knows that I HATE IT when magazines have celebrities interview other celebrities, because it’s a rarity when those interviews are any good. They’re usually more along the lines of Jennifer Lawrence asking Emma Stone why she’s so pretty. (Which was, for the record, also in Elle, which seems very amenable to telling celebrities not speak to reporters!) Having said that, I am delighted that this month, Elle didn’t make Ed Sheeran speak to Taylor Swift solely in song lyrics or something. Instead T Swizzle wrote her own essay about turning 30, and honestly it’s really good. Obviously, as a person who professionally covers celebrities for a living, I would prefer if publications would still chose to pay journalists to write these pieces. However, Taylor has a massive amount of leverage and is famous enough to just say that she won’t talk to a journalist and that’s that. (Like Beyoncé, who also wrote her own piece for Vogue the last time she was on the cover.) But this piece feels honest. To wit:

Yes, I keep comments off on my posts. That way, I’m showing my friends and fans updates on my life, but I’m training my brain to not need the validation of someone telling me that I look . I’m also blocking out anyone who might feel the need to tell me to “go die in a hole ho” while I’m having my coffee at nine in the morning. I think it’s healthy for your self-esteem to need less internet praise to appease it, especially when three comments down you could unwittingly see someone telling you that you look like a weasel that got hit by a truck and stitched back together by a drunk taxidermist. An actual comment I received once.

Also:

It’s my opinion that in cases of sexual assault, I believe the victim.Coming forward is an agonizing thing to go through. I know because my sexual assault trial was a demoralizing, awful experience. I believe victims because I know firsthand about the shame and stigma that comes with raising your hand and saying “This happened to me.” It’s something no one would choose for themselves. We speak up because we have to, and out of fear that it could happen to someone else if we don’t.

And:

Invoking racism and provoking fear through thinly veiled messaging is not what I want from our leaders, and I realized that it actually is my responsibility to use my influence against that disgusting rhetoric. I’m going to do more to help. We have a big race coming up next year.

It’s just really good, and worth your time — she is also honest about how scared she is for her own personal safety and the safety of her fans; she talks about trying to get to a place where she is okay with her own body. She loves Command tape. There’s a lot in here. It also made me think, “Taylor has been going through some stuff.” And aren’t we all?

As far as the cover goes…I don’t love it. I DO love her lipstick, and the pink of the ELLE, but it makes me feel like the old crone that I am, because my first thought is, “I wish they’d get her hair out of her pretty face!”

The subscriber cover is better, as usual:

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That’s a way more arresting image. I get why it’s not on the newsstand — but I also feel like, magazines are dying, y’all. Why NOT put that on the newsstand and see how it sells? It’s eye-catching, it’s interesting, and Taylor Swift is famous AF with a massive fan-base, so you know people who don’t usually buy Elle will probably be buying this one. TRY IT! I’M AN EXPERT. (I’m not an expert.)

[Photos: Ben Hassett]
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