Predictably, the cover is a little more seductive than what fans have come to expect of Swift, featuring the star in a skintight nude dress with mussed, morning-after hair. The cover story itself, which will be released next week, was written by noted critic and novelist Chuck Klosterman.
“If you don’t take Swift seriously, you don’t take contemporary music seriously,” he writes in the story’s short preview. “There’s simply no antecedent for this kind of career: a cross-genre, youth-oriented, critically acclaimed colossus based entirely on the intuitive songwriting merits of a single female artist. It’s as if mid-period Garth Brooks was also early Liz Phair, minus the hat and the swearing. As a phenomenon, it’s absolutely new.”
The November issue of GQ hits newsstands next week.