Taylor Swift graces the September cover of Vogue, and the extensive profile delves into the singer's growth over the past couple of years, emerging as a symbolic butterfly from a cocoon of feuds, cancel culture and tabloids.
A big focus of the interview was Swift's firm stance in alliance with the LGBTQ community, as expressed by her GLAAD-supportive "You Need to Calm Down" song and music video. “Rights are being stripped from basically everyone who isn’t a straight white cisgender male,” she said. “I didn’t realize until recently that I could advocate for a community that I’m not a part of. It’s hard to know how to do that without being so fearful of making a mistake that you just freeze. Because my mistakes are very loud. When I make a mistake, it echoes through the canyons of the world. It’s clickbait, and it’s a part of my life story, and it’s a part of my career arc.”
Another issue she cares deeply about is women's rights, after having personally experienced some sexist moves in the music industry. “When I was a teenager, I would hear people talk about sexism in the music industry, and I’d be like, I don’t see it. I don’t understand," she said. "Then I realized that was because I was a kid. Men in the industry saw me as a kid. I was a lanky, scrawny, overexcited young girl who reminded them more of their little niece or their daughter than a successful woman in business or a colleague. The second I became a woman, in people’s perception, was when I started seeing it.